What is acne?
Acne is a common skin condition that causes red bumps, pimples, and inflammation in the skin. It can develop during puberty (acne vulgaris), and for some, can also affect us as adults (adult/hormonal acne).
Acne vulgaris generally affects teenagers and usually continues for five or more years. Causes are various, and there may be a genetic connection. Adult acne continues past the teenage years and can sometimes begin in our 20s or 30s. Stress is a triggering factor, and there can sometimes also be a hormonal link. Acne treatments are best when integrative and tailored to your specific needs.
Acne can sometimes affect our self-esteem and can be exacerbated by emotional stress or physical pressure. If you have active acne or acne scarring, a personalised treatment plan at Shellharbour Skin can help restore a healthy skin tone and texture.
Causes & symptoms
Before we treat acne, it’s important to understand the symptoms, as well as the possible underlying causes. The condition is characterised by inflammation in the skin that generally leads to blackheads, whiteheads or inflamed pimples. For some, acne is mild and manageable, with only occasional spots or outbreaks. But for others, more severe symptoms can cause substantial discomfort, with large areas of the face and body affected. Acne usually occurs on the face, neck, back or chest.
Many different factors may contribute to the development of acne. The condition is caused by a build-up of oils, dead skin cells, and bacteria on the skin, which clogs the pores and leads to inflammation. This is most common during puberty due to an increase in the skin’s oil production. But although it is more common in adolescents, adult acne is still a prevalent condition that can affect a person’s everyday comfort and self confidence.
The following factors can impact the development of acne:
- Hormonal changes
- Some medications
- Poor skincare
Acne consultation at Shellharbour Skin
Getting the right acne treatment can help both men and women achieve clearer skin and more confidence in their outward appearance. At Shellharbour Skin, we encourage people interested in acne treatment to book a consultation with one of our trained and friendly practitioners. This will allow us to assess your skin condition and determine an acne treatment path that best suits your requirements. During an acne treatment consult, you will need to speak about your medical history and current skin concerns. As well as this, you should let us know about any medications you are taking so that we can recommend a suitable treatment for you. If you have any questions about your procedure, we can provide answers during this private meeting.
Your treatment plan
For clients with adult or teenage acne, your doctor or dermal clinician will recommend the best treatment plan during your initial consultation. During this appointment, your tailored treatment options will be given to you, and these may include the following treatment options:
Tri-Wave is an advanced LED treatment that targets acne and blemishes. With more power per second than other LED devices, the procedure offers effective and long-lasting results. In particular, blue light is most useful for treating acne, reducing inflammation and leading to clearer, smoother skin.
Forever Clear uses the power of broadband light to reduce bacteria-causing acne. The treatment process involves yellow, blue, and infrared light to calm and rejuvenate the skin.
Medication can be a good option for some people. In your consultation, Dr Barney will assess your need for prescription medication. Please note that if you require Roaccutane, you may be referred to a dermatologist.
Skin Peels and Skincare
Skin peels can be a great way to exfoliate, cleanse, and hydrate the skin.
We may suggest a selection of cosmeceutical skincare, including diligent sun protection. At Shellharbour Skin clinic, we offer a carefully selected range of skincare products to assist in the treatment and maintenance of your skin. For clients with adult or teenage acne, your doctor, nurse or dermal clinician will recommend the most suitable products that may include some of the listed below:
- Biretix range (Cleanser, Tri-Active Gel, Tri-Active Spray, Iso Repair)
- Propaira Acne Prone skin products (Foaming Cleansing Gel, Exfoliating Serum, Purifying Cream)
- Aspect Dr BHA Purifying Gel
- Aspect Dr Multi B Plus
- Aspect Stop Spot
- Propaira SPF 50+ Tinted Sunscreen
- Aspect Envirostat ‘on the go’ SPF50+
Skin needling can be a great way to reduce the appearance of acne scars. Micro needles prick the skin to trigger collagen production and a natural skin healing response. This assists in scar improvements.
Results & aftercare
Your results will depend on the chosen treatment method, as well as your skin type and health. In general, acne treatments aim to reduce inflammation in order to calm and smoothen the skin. Along with reduced inflammation, the increased production of collagen should produce a gradual improvement in skin quality, aided by the excellent skincare products recommended by our experienced clinicians.
Your skin may have some sensitivity after acne treatment. Therefore, it is essential that you listen to and follow the instructions given by Dr Barney or your practitioner. For example, he may recommend that you use certain skincare products, avoid sun exposure and tanning, and keep your skin moisturised. This will help your skin heal properly and encourage successful skin healing and regeneration.
At Shellharbour Skin, we endeavour to provide each patient with individual care in order to provide a comfortable environment and positive end results. Inquire today to find out more about acne treatment, or book a consultation to receive a customised treatment plan for your specific skin type and needs.