Acne is a chronic, stubborn and frustrating condition that affects teenagers and adults alike. It causes a great deal of anxiety amongst sufferers due to its cosmetic appearance and the development of acne scars that can be permanent.
It usually starts in adolescence under the influence of hormones during puberty. The basis of acne is the “comedones”. There are open comedones (blackheads) and closed comedones (whiteheads). The comedown can stay open or closed or become infected with bacteria to give an inflamed comedone (the angry red zit). The treatment of acne depends on what kind it is, how severe it is and the general skin type of the individual. It is important not to pick at pimples because this increases the chance of them becoming inflamed and leaving a lasting scar.
Our office has a full range of acne treatment including topical (vitamin A, antibiotic creams, benzoyl peroxide), facials, Dermamelan Retinoic acid peels and Fraxel Skin Resurfacing which can improve the acne and associated scars.
Another treatment available is the Tripolar Maximus which uses advanced Trilipo RF technology to reduce the bacteria that contribute to inflammatory acne and stimulate collagen to improve acne-damaged skin.
Diet is very important since nutrition has a role to play in acne. Any food that can contribute to inflammation in the body can make acne worse. Most patients know what triggers their acne, and it is best to avoid those foods. Zinc has also been shown to reduce acne. The best treatment options would be decided during your consultation.