Treating acne at dermanude skin clinic in hale

What is acne?

Acne is a chronic, on-going, or recurring, inflammatory disease of the skin that has several features but the main one is spots. Spots, pustules, breakouts etc all fall under the acne category, sometimes clients may not consider themselves an acne patient, because they may feel it doesn’t necessarily meet the severity to be considered acne. However, acne can range from mild breakouts to severe, consistent, and painful pustules. 

What causes acne?

There are only a few areas of the body that don’t grow hair (mainly the soles of feet and palms of hands). Everywhere else, where there is hair, there is oil. Every hair follicle is accompanied by sebaceous (oil) glands. Their job is to produce sebum (oil) to lubricate and protect (waterproof) your hair and skin. 

Sebaceous glands are hugely sensitive to sex steroid hormone levels in the blood. Androgen hormones such as testosterone increase the production of sebum whilst oestrogens can inhibit it. Whilst testosterone is often called a male sex hormone, it is important to understand that women also have testosterone, just normally not as much. Those suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) have increased levels of androgens and so are more likely to suffer from oily skin and acne.

Acne is caused when:

  • There is too much (or perhaps too thick) oil production
  • Skin cells called keratinocytes block the narrow opening of the pore

Who gets acne?

Anyone who has gone through puberty! Sebaceous glands are present but not particularly active until puberty when a surge of sex hormones triggers many different processes initiating puberty. Although acne is most common at this time of life, it can present in later life also. The misconception that acne is a disease of the teenage years is not true and comes as a shock to those who suffer from it in their later life.

Whilst there are many different elements that contribute to acne, from lifestyle to diet and genetics, the most important approach to the control of acne is achieving control of sebum production. 

Treatment in clinic

The following therapies are advised, either alone or in combination:

  • Dermalux LED Light therapy – Dermalux ® uses evidence-based wavelengths delivered at a skin-enhancing intensity and dose to activate cellular renewal and repair, fuel the manufacture of collagen and elastin, reduce inflammation, destroy acne causing bacteria, normalises oil production, and prevents breakouts.
  • AlumierMD Chemical peel – This procedure uses repeated applications of a chemical solution, such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or retinoic acid. Chemical peels rapidly exfoliate the skin, allowing dead skin cells to shed more effectively. By keeping dead skin cells and excess oil from clogging the hair follicle, pore blockages and pimples can be reduced. 

Treatment at home

Treatment for acne at home focuses on your personalised AlumierMD prescription. Alumier MD uses the most current, effective, and stable ingredients on the market providing innovative prescription skincare that can be prescribed by your skin therapists. Making results easier and long-lasting without having to worry about destabilising the skin and it returning to its original state.

They offer many products from cleansers, exfoliators, speciality serums, prescription topical retinols, moisturisers, and physical SPFs; all only available via a prescription due to the strength of the product’s active ingredients.

The AlumierMD Clarifying Collection is an innovative regime that helps you to achieve clear skin by using naturally powerful ingredients, each targeting acne by different mechanisms without drying out the skin. This advanced collection reduces blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples, leaving you with a clear complexion. During your consultation, your skin specialist will build you a personalised homecare plan to target your specific skin type & concern.

The clarifying collection includes:

  • Acne Clarifying Cleanser- A gentle yet seriously effective ph.-balanced acne cleanser that deep-cleans pores and calms skin for a clearer complexion.
  • Acne Balancing Serum- A highly effective, lightweight serum that penetrates pored to reduce acne, allowing skin to heal and prevent new pimples from forming.
  • HydraClarite- An ultra-light, non-comedogenic antioxidant-rich moisturiser formulated for oily and blemish-prone skin, which absorbs quickly and effectively leaving no residue.

An appropriate exfoliator and SPF will also be prescribed, depending on your skin condition and type, an additional serum may also be prescribed. 

In next month’s blog, I will discuss the consequences of acne, especially acne scarring. 

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