Acne

Acne is a skin condition that can affect all ages. It occurs when hair follicles become blocked with oil and dead skin cells which often results in whiteheads, blackheads or pimples. Acne usually occurs on the forehead, face, chest, upper back and shoulders. Acne can range in severity and cause emotional distress and scaring.

Causes:

Causes of acne include: an increase in oil (sebum), increase in bacteria in the oil glands, blockage of the pilosebaceous duct because of increased skin cells and inflammation. 

 

Acne can be made worse by:

  • Medication

  • Hormones

  • Diet

  • Stress

Risk Factors:

  • Age (most common in teenagers)

  • Hormonal Changes

  • Family History (Genetics do play a role in acne)

  • Greasy or oily substances on the skin

  • Friction or pressure on your skin

  • Stress (may increase acne).

 

The most common myths that are associated with acne are: Greasy food will cause acne, poor hygiene or dirty skin causes acne, cosmetics alone will cause acne.

Treatments:

At Advantage Skin Clinic we will assess your skin using our Visia Skin Analysis system to establish a tailored plan of care to target your acne. This will be a multi-faceted approach and will include a review of your home care routine and in clinic treatments. This is overseen by our Aesthetic Doctor at our clinic. Appointments are available with our Aesthetic Doctor for further discussions and treatments regarding acne. 

We offer the following treatments for acne management:

  • Acne specific cleansers and lotions

  • Medication

  • Laser Therapy

  • LED light therapy

  • Medical grade peels

  • Extractions

  • Hydrafacials

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