What is acne?

Acne is a condition associated with pustules, nodules, blackheads, whiteheads and general congestion.

Causes of acne

There are a number of reasons why some people are more prone to acne such as hormones, genetics, some medications or even certain cosmetics.

All skin produces sebum which helps to lubricate hair follicles and stop the skin from becoming too dry. Acneic skin often produces too much sebum which then mixes with dead skin cells, bacteria or make-up. This then causes a blockage in the skin leading to a breakout (often a whitehead). If the follicle is open and oxidised (meaning oxygen gets in), it turns black – causing a blackhead.

Acne Treatment

Mild acne/small breakouts can be significantly reduced by using products with specific ingredients in them such as salicylic acid, as well as treatments like Chemical Skin Peels and Microdermabrasion.

Treating acne is particularly important in order to avoid scarring. If you already have acne scarring then Chemical Skin Peels and Dermaroller are very effective treatments. If you have active acne, Dermaroller cannot be used as this can worsen the problem but Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion can still be used.

Bad skin care will make acne much worse so a good skin cleansing regime is required, using products to balance the skin and keep the natural oils. Stripping the natural oils will cause your body to produce more oils and actually make the spots worse. Protecting your skin from the sun is also vital using SPF 50 sun protection cream.

Severe acne cases may require treatment from a dermatologist.

If you would like to book in for a free skin consultation to discuss your acne, please give the team a call on 01844 318825 or fill out the contact form and one of the team will be in touch.