Millions of people suffer from acne. It can start as a young teen or as an adult. Acne is the most common skin condition in South Africa. Although it’s common, accurate information about acne can be scarce. This can make it difficult to get clearer skin. Our Job at The Dermology skin Clinic is to supply you with information that will help you understand acne and how to successfully treat it. Not just teens have acne. A growing number of women have acne in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond. We understand that adult acne can be particularly frustrating. A pimple here and there or a hormonal breakout is one thing, but true acne is another thing altogether. While the causes of acne are varied, for the most part it comes down to hormones or an imbalance in the gut. Whatever the actual cause, many people just wanted to get the situation sorted.
Why treat acne?
One of the most feared complications is acne scarring. This can range from one “pock mark” to an entire face. In recent years the options for treating acne scars have expanded with new and exciting technology that can treat even old scars with minimal downtime.
Myths about acne are as common as the skin problem. One common myth is that you have to let acne run its course. Our skin specialists know that letting acne runs its course is not always the best advice.
- Without treatment, dark spots and permanent scars can appear on the skin as acne clears.
- Treating acne often boosts a person’s self-esteem.
- Many effective treatments are available.
- Fluctuations in the hormone levels.
- Over active sebaceous glands.
- Increased stress.
- Skin bacteria entering the pores.
- Irritation to the skin such as scratching.
The standard acne treatments….
More women getting Adult acne? The Dermology medical skin Clinic sees scores of people each year who seek treatment options for teenage and adult acne. Keeping the skin clean and removing both the excess oil and the dirt that clogs the pores is a good start, but unlikely to actually stop the outbreaks. It may slow it, but on the other hand, products designed to treat acne available over the counter also work fairly effectively in many instances. However, they are not a quick fix, and may take anything up to eight weeks or more to be partially effective, and in some cases they simply do not succeed in combating the problem.
If these don’t work, skin specialists will usually turn to stronger, prescription medications, including topical applications and possibly oral antibiotics. What works for one may not necessarily work for another. Consultation with our specialists at The Dermology medical skin Clinic will help you with advice and a product regime that will work for you.
New approaches to Acne treatments
There are many new approaches to acne treatments available. In cases where the outbreaks are particularly severe, or medications have failed to make any improvements, more radical treatment approaches may be required, which will help to inhibit or clear the acne.
BBL AcneTM Blue Light-based Acne treatment
“This FDA approved laser acne treatment that uses a blue filter to target the P-Acnes bacteria that are partly to blame for acne.”
Have you tried everything to get rid of your acne? Pills, creams and acids would work for a few months and then the acne would come back. BBL Acne™ fights Acne, out of the many different variables that contribute to acne, research has revealed bacteria to be one of the biggest causes.
Broadband blue light has been shown to be effective in helping to treat acne. The light emitted targets the sebaceous glands, killing bacteria. This treatment is generally performed after a chemical peel. BBL Acne™ is specifically designed to target acne-causing bacteria and inflammation while encouraging the skin to generate new collagen, giving you clearer, more glowing skin. Many clients view this treatment as a suitable alternative to oral medications, and depending on the client, it offers better results than long-term antibiotics.
To achieve optimal results with the BBL™ Laser Acne Treatment, a series of 8 weekly treatments is suggested. You will likely need a touch-up treatment every month to every 6 months, depending on your acne type and severity.
What Makes BBL Acne™ Different?
The best results are achieved after a series of treatment sessions. When you are finished with all of your treatments, you’ll have smoother, clearer skin. Unlike some alternative treatment options, BBL Acne™ doesn’t come with major downtime, typically just slight redness.
Here’s what you can expect during your treatment:
We apply a thin layer of gel to your skin, followed by the BBL™ Laser Acne Treatment. Most clients have minimal discomfort and treatment sessions last 20-30 minutes. After your treatment is completed you may experience temporary inflammation for 1-2 days with minimal to no downtime. Makeup can be applied immediately if you choose to do so.
Chemical Peels for Acne
Depending on the severity of the outbreak, anything from a superficial to a deep chemical peel can be performed. Except in deep peels, the “chemicals” are natural, mild products, often similar to those found in your body. They remove a layer, or layers, of dead skin and eradicate infection and bacteria, allowing new fresh skin to grow.
Laser Peels or resurfacing for Acne
In a similar fashion, several laser peel options are on hand, that perform a similar function. Your specialist will know which may be better for your particular condition.
What about Acne scarring?
While there are many different type of acne scars, all of the treatments seek to normalize that collagen deep in the skin and produce a smoother surface. The less invasive the procedure, the more times it must be performed with the trade off of minimal “down time” — or time away from work or social activities. Here are 4 new ways that can improve even older scars:
“heating” type or non-ablative. This procedure stimulates new collagen formation by heating tiny columns of tissue without damage to the surface of the skin. After each treatment there is mild redness and swelling which goes away in a few days. The treatment needs to be repeated at least 3 times over the course of several months.
Broadband Light or Vascular Lasers
We use these where a patient has many red spots that may be starting to form into a scar. A few treatments with these light based devices can shut down the red vessels and make skin look more even and decrease the chance of a permanent scar formation.
Newer fillers are being introduced that can be placed high enough in the skin to achieve a smooth look almost instantly for acne scarring. They are best used for someone who desires immediate improvement. Most fillers last at least a year when used in this manner giving patients options of immediate results, little downtime and a once a year visit to the doctor.
Fractional Resurfacing with CO2 laser
A more intensive treatment that can give a great improvement in the texture of the skin. The laser vaporizes tiny columns of tissue. Healing takes about one week and is accompanied by significant peeling. During this time you must be away from work or social activities. It is usually done once or twice. The results are excellent but take up to 6 months to fully appear as collagen keeps growing in the skin for months after the procedure.
There are many new, safe, and exciting ways to give relief to acne sufferers. It is best to consult a specialist who is experienced in all of the treatments available as your treatment should be specific to achieve your personal best.
Consult a skin specialist, at the Dermology medical skin Clinic for advice and a consultation. You have no need to suffer acne and its embarrassment, or the trauma of acne scarrin