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acne and acne scarring

Acne and acne scarring can be debilitating at any age. 

  • Does your acne/ acne scarring affect your every day life?

  • Does it affect your confidence?

  • Do you worry about the scarring?

  • Are you unable to tolerate conventional acne treatments?

  • Are you on a break from your conventional treatment and need a helping hand?

  • Are you looking for a drug-free alternative?

  • Have there been episodes of bullying associated with acne?

  • Are you are concerned parent?

If you have answered "yes" to any of these questions, come and see what we can do for you.

What is acne?

 

Acne (pimples) comes in various forms.

These include:

  1. Non- inflammatory (includes comedones/blocked pores/blackheads/whiteheads)

  2. Inflammatory (papules, pustules, nodules, cysts)

 

The sebaceous glands in the skin release sebum, an oily substance which acts to keep the skin healthy. In some people, these glands are more prone to getting blocked. When the opening to sebaceous gland is blocked, the sebum has nowhere to go and accumulates. With the assistance of a skin bacteria called p. acnes, this blockage turns into a pimple. This pimple may be superficial, and appear as a red raised lump, or it could exist deeper in the skin. The deeper pimples, nodules and cysts, are particularly destructive and should be addressed early to avoid unecessary scarring. ​Research has shown that scars that are treated early have a higher improvement rate than those that are not.

 

What is it caused by?

  • Genetics.

    • Some people have oilier-looking skin and secrete increased sebum, whilst others donot seem to be able to shed their skin as fast as they make it, thus blocking the pores that hold the sebaceous glands.

  • Hormones are a also factor, as they influence the rate at which you produce oil within your sebaceous glands.

    • Females experience hormonal fluctuations related to their menstrual cycle, pregnancy, the post-partum state, perimenopause, and menopause. As a result, many women are challenged by acne and acne scarring well into adulthood.

    • Males also experience hormonal fluctuations. Puberty causes a surge in androgens, the male sex hormone. These hormones, along with adolescent stress, cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge and release more sebum. This can result in eruptions of pimples on the face, back, neck, chest, and shoulders. This type of acne eruption pattern can also be seen in men who take supplements and steroids to assist them at the gym.

 

What can I do to help myself?

  • Manage your Diet 

    • Scientific Evidence has shown that foods high glycemic index foods and dairy products contribute to acne. Alternatively, plant base foods with high levels of antioxidants such as polyphenols and flavones may have positive effects on skin.

  • Minimise Stress

  • Use non comedogenic Cosmetics, and regularly sterilise your brushes and sponges.

  • Avoid environmental pollution

  • Avoid continually touching and rubbing the skin

  • Clip nails and wash your hands

  • Avoid picking and squeezing pimples

  • Keep hair off the face

 

Medical Skin and Laser Australia Treatment options include:​


 

Traditional treatment of acne has generally involved reducing the oil in the skin, clearing out the pores and controlling any inflammation.

While this may address the physical aspect of acne, Medical Skin and Laser Australia believes that treating acne should encompass treating the whole person. Our holistic approach involves looking at the hormones, modifying your diet, reducing levels of inflammation inside your body and offering psychological positivity and encouragement where required.

  • The appropriate skin care and advice

  • Medical Microdermabrasion

  • Chemical peel

  • Photodynamic Therapy

  • TCA cross (for deep ice-pick acne scars)

  • Radiofrequency microneedling

  • Radiofrequency SFR

  • Laser genesis

  • Medications

  • Hormone regulation

  • Dietary advice- seeing a nutritionist if necessary

  • Psychological referral if required.

Radio frequency Treatments

Radiofrequency treatments in the forms of SFR (Skin Fractional Resurfacing) and microneedling (Endymed Intensif), are revolutionary in their ability to treat AND prevent, both superficial AND deep active acne and acne scarring. ​

It works by piercing tiny needles into the dermis of the skin, releasing radiofrequency into the skin, to trigger the skins own natural healing process. This results in collagen and elastin remodelling giving our patients the best chance for optimal results. It does this without damaging the epidermis, the surface of your skin. Therefore, life doesn't need to stop- you walk out and resume your everyday activities. Pain is minimal to none. Only topical anaesthetic is required due to the use of ultra sharp 300 micron gold plated tips. The downtime is 2-24hrs. At Medical Skin and Laser Australia, we often incorporate radiofrquency treatments as part of your personalised Acne- Free program. See what it can do for you!