See an aesthetic specialist or dermatologist
They will investigate your medical history to determine the root cause of the problem. In some cases, hormonal checkups may also be necessary. For example, at her practice, Dr Nedic uses a combination of internal and external treatments, including hormonal balancing, liver detoxification and dietary changes, to combat acne. Chemical peels with LED light therapy and lasers, plus skin needling and fillers are then used to treat the skin and subsequent scarring. In her clinic, Cherie Fraser, aesthetic specialist and owner of Dermology in Sandton, also uses various techniques to treat acne, starting with laser treatment (broadband light), as it kills bacteria on the surface of the skin while helping to heal breakouts, followed by skin peels as well as prescription medication.
Choose the right skincare products
Look for products containing retinol, as it helps to exfoliate and keep the skin clear and smooth. A good sunscreen
and gentle exfoliating cleanser are also essential, says Cherie, plus a hydrating serum. “Topical antibiotics as
well as salicylic and beta-hydroxy acid-based lotions are also helpful, but they won’t cure the problem,” advises Dr
Nedic. It’s important to see a professional who will find the underlying cause of the acne.