Acne and breakouts are increasingly common among Teenagers and Adults.
We understand how distressing this skin condition can be and the emotional and physiological scarring that remains can be long lasting.
Our aim is to increase your self-esteem, reduce the severity and frequency of your breakouts and to minimize the long term scarring that can occur.
Its common to think that acne during teen years will just run its course, but if left untreated can lead to long term scarring both physical and emotional. We work with all grades of acne using a combination of skin care and clinical skin treatments and also work alongside your GP’s recommendations if you’ve chosen medical intervention.
While overnight fixes aren’t realistic, we can get you to a place where you are feeling more comfortable in your skin no matter your age or the cause.
Common Causes of Acne:
The primary underlying causes of acne are most often genetics and hormones. Acne is caused by a combination of overactive sebaceous glands and the process in which skin cells turnover and shed.
Most commonly look like blackheads, whiteheads and pustules.
There are also lots of external factors that can exacerbate or increase the severity of breakouts which we always take into consideration when planning your skins recovery.
Hormones are like signal messengers that control sebaceous (oil) secretions and skin cell turnover. Hormonal acne typically presents over the lower half of the face, neck, chin and jawline but not limited to these areas.
Hormonal changes causing acne are not only active in teenage years but can contribute to acne in your 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. This is due to the changes in oil production, skin cell turnover and enzyme activity within the skin.
This can result blockages in the sebaceous duct, which provides the perfect environment for p.acne bacteria to flourish. This results in redness, inflammation and can progress to white heads and pustules.
Underlying hormonal conditions like thyroid imbalances, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), chronic stress (elevated cortisol) and excessive weight fluctuation will affect hormone secretions that can lead to unhappy skin.
Diet and lifestyle
A sugar heavy, mineral and vitamin deficient diet affect your skin greatly, leading to slow healing acne lesions. Stress is also an influence on how your skin behaves. Stress stimulates the secretion of cortisol, which plays a major factor in hormone secretions and as you’ve read above.
Some steroids, anti-depressants and cancer medications can cause acne. Always check with your GP about the side effects of medications prescribed.
Make up and Skin Care
Makeup can be the leading cause of cosmetic acne and can exacerbate skin congestion. Some ingredients like mineral oil and silicone-based ingredients are known for causing blackheads and altering the function of your skin, so are colours and dyes used in make up colours. Avoiding these can do wonders for your skin.
As you can see from above, results don’t happen overnight. We know you’ve tried many products that promised you the world but perhaps the results have been disappointing.
As the causes of Acne are multi-faceted, a customised treatment plan is the best approach. Our team understand the causes of acne and can develop a treatment program that is right for you.
Your treatment plan may include:
- Customised Skin care- mixed especially for your skins condition
- In-clinic treatments to improve cellular function and manage sebaceous secretion Facials, LED light Therapy, enzyme peels
- Jane Iredale Mineral Make up- to camouflage, protect and prevent further breakouts
Once we’ve gotten a handle on your breakouts, we can then get to work on repairing any scarring that has occurred. This can include a combination of:
- Customised skin care to provide your cells with building blocks for repair
- Collagen induction therapy– to build collagen
LED Therapy to assist in collagen formation
- Laser treatment- to improve redness or pigmentation