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Acne Treatment

Previously we wrote about the types of acne and its causes. In this blog we'll discuss the long term effects and some of the treatments for problem acne.

What is the treatment for acne?

Mild acne

  • Creams, gels and washes, OTC as well as prescribed, often work well, as part of a regular and basic skincare regimen to get into the habit of. With the confusing array of over-the-counter (OTC) products available, it is often wise to seek the advice from a doctor with training and an interest in acne across all stages, who can advise on the best products and active ingredients and also recognise their limitations and when to refer on. 
  • For young women, the Pill can often work well as the oestrogen works to improve skin quality and have a positive  effect on hair and skin  
  • Chemical peels of higher strength overseen by a doctor, using acids, may work well within 3-6 sessions - to be used with caution in skin of colour and under supervision by a doctor
  • LED and laser therapy can also work well over a treatment course which may be as frequent as twice weekly initially for a few weeks and then for maintenance, every few weeks as needed.

Moderate acne

  • a variety of medications in conjunction with treatment options for mild acne above

Severe acne

  • Referral to a dermatologist for more restricted medication with more significant side effects, not usually used as a first line agent

Lasting Effects of Acne 

Unfortunately, depending on the severity of the acne, the duration as well as what was used to combat the issue, common outcomes include such complications as scarring and in many skin types, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, PIH. 

While these are often reminders of the acne one had, they can often significantly affect a person’s confidence in a time when we are bombarded with images of perfect skin.

A personalised consultation and treatment plan will ensure that a plan specific to you, your skin type with its unique qualities, will be used, to help improve skin quality and may involve one or more of several methods, beginning with skin needling, a series of chemical peels and even laser treatment and subcision, which is a way to break up the scarring that tends to cause skin to tether, giving rise to a pockmarked appearance.  

How do you know what is the appropriate treatment plan for you? 

Book an appointment so we can begin with a personalised treatment plan for you, addressing your specific concerns, overseen by our doctor and undertaken with our trained staff.

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