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Acne Vulgaris Treatments

Nearly all of us have acne at some time or another. It mainly affects adolescents (and can start as young as 8 years old), but acne may persist, begin or become more severe in adulthood.
Acne is most prevalent in those aged 16 to 18 years. It may have profound social and psychological effects, particularly during puberty and adolescence, when physical appearance and fitting in with one's peers are particularly important.

While acne is most common in adolescents, acne can affect people of all ages and all races. It usually becomes less of a problem after the age of 25 years, although about 15% of women and 5% of men continue to have acne as adults. It may also start in adult life.

Acne most often affects the face, but it may spread to involve the neck, chest and back, and sometimes even more extensively over the body.

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Acne may be classified as mild, moderate or severe.

Treatment for acne depends on the patient’s age and sex, the extent and the severity of the acne, how long it has been present, and response to previous treatments.

  • Treatment for mild acne includes topical anti-acne preparations, lasers and lights
  • Treatment for moderate acne adds acne antibiotics such as tetracyclines and/or antiandrogens such as birth control pill
  • Treatment for severe acne may require a course of oral isotretinoin.

If none of it works (rare in our experience with committed patients) we can refer you on for oral retinoids.

At Skin Essentials, we focus on a holistic treatment plan for your acne, involving some or all of the above, depending on time, expectations and budget.

  • Personalised skincare with actives
  • Prescription medications
  • LED light treatment weekly for 6-10 weeks
  • IPL to target spots
  • Chemical peels designed for acne – a course of 3-6 is usually required.
It may seem minor, but it’s well known that the longer you suffer with acne, the more interventions needed and the higher the likelihood of longterm complications such as scarring and pigmentation.

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