When it comes to health matters, a “wait and see” approach is rarely beneficial or without consequences, and the same can be said for the skin condition, acne. Just waiting to see if the acne resolves on its own is an option, however the reality is that the majority of acne sufferers are left with scarring. Typically, the more intense or prolonged the acne, the more intense the scarring.
The best way to approach acne is to treat the condition as soon as possible in order to reduce the likelihood of acne scars forming. In this article, we explain how acne forms and results in scarring, plus how you can treat acne and manage its reoccurrence.
How Acne Forms
As the body grows and develops, hormones stimulate the production of more sebum from the sebaceous glands. Sebum is a very oily substance and can cause the pores in the skin to become clogged with the oil and dead skin cells. The bacteria responsible for acne is Propionobacterium acnes. This bacteria multiplies inside the clogged pores, resulting in raised, red, swollen and infected lesions.
How Acne Causes Scarring
Acne triggers the body’s wound healing response. During the process of healing the skin, the body produces collagen, the main “scaffolding” of the skin. An over production of collagen leaves a raised scar and not enough collagen leaves a depressed scar. This is what gives acne scarred skin its uneven texture.
To help avoid scarring, acne should be treated promptly and effectively. Importantly, treatment must not add stress to already stressed skin. Many acne sufferers will spend a fortune on cleansers and topical creams that have not been matched to their particular skin condition. For example, drying-out acne prone skin may simply antagonise the condition. The best action to take is to speak to a skin specialist for a skin analysis and personalised acne treatment plan.
Acne Treatment & Management
Successful acne treatment is a careful combination of decongesting and clearing clogged pores, cleansing and nourishing the skin in addition to reducing and balancing sebum production. Each individual will have a unique skin condition that needs a bespoke approach for symptoms that include; the presence of bacteria, congested or enlarged pores, excess sebum production and compromised skin condition.
Treatments that can be used alone, or in combination as part of a tailored skin care plan include:
- Retinoids to help optimise sebum production and unclog pores
- AHA Peels to remove dead skin cells that clog pores and trigger new cell production
- Laser Genesis to reduce pore size
- Customised Topical Skin Care to nourish skin and improve skin health
- Diet and Lifestyle changes to improve your overall health and boost the immune system to help fight future breakouts
Complimentary Skin Analysis
At Appearance Clinic, we offer a free skin analysis with a skin specialist. A personalised acne treatment plan to address each contributing factor will be discussed with you and you can ask any questions that you have.
You can click on the button below to book your complimentary consultation online now. Alternatively, you can call our friendly and experienced team on (03) 9331 2566.