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What is Acne?

Acne is a very common chronic inflammatory skin condition, and results in oily skin and the development of blackheads, whiteheads and pus-filled spots on the face, back and chest. Although not life-threatening, acne can have profound social and psychological effects, which are frequently more significant when the symptoms are severe and scarring of the skin occurs.

What is happening in the skin?

  • The sebaceous glands of the skin produce too much oil (sebum) from the hair follicles and at a thicker and stickier consistence which adheres to cellular debris to skin surface, result in clogged up the pores in the skin. 

  • In normal functioning follicles, dead skin cells are continuously shed from within the pores at the surface of the skin but with acne this process is impaired, causing further blockage of the follicles resulting in enlarged pores, black and white heads. 

  • Oxygen is prevented to enter the cells. 

  • This creates a perfect situation for the proliferation of Propionibacterium acnes bacteria that we normally have on our skin but now occurs in excess creating pus filled spots. Combined with the blocking of the pores this leads to increased pressure and damage to the surrounding follicular wall and its contents spills into the surrounding skin causing inflammation. 

Symptoms of acne on the skin

 

  • Comedomes

  • Papules/pustules

  • Hyper-pigmentation

  • Redness and inflammation

  • Oily skin

  • Enlarged pores

  • Scarring

 

Targeted actions for acne treatment

 

  • Manage bacteria

  • Enhance cell turnover

  • Antioxidant protection for cells

  • Protection against UVB & UVA

 

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Acne

Your journey to glowing and healthy skin will begin with a thorough skin consultation discussing your skin concerns and your current skincare regimen. Your skin will be assessed and based on your skin type and skin concerns a bespoke treatment plan will be designed. This can include a combination of in clinic chemical peels, microneedling and home care treatments. 

You can purchase products during your consultation or online and they will be delivered to your home.