Acne (acne vulgaris) is one of the most common skin disorders in both adults and teenagers. It is a disease that starts with clogging of the hair follicles and commonly affects the face and well as the neck, chest, back and arms. People affected with acne have a variety of different lesion types on their skin including blackheads and whiteheads (known as comedones), pustules, red or brown bumps and nodules. Acne may be mild, moderate or severe. Lesions may even be painful. Acne lesions may leave behind unsightly scars or blemishes.
Although acne is commonly thought of as a disease of teenagers, people of all ages can get acne. Although acne affects people of both genders, adult acne is especially common in women. Pregnant women may notice uncharacteristic acne flaring or relief from their chronic acne.
The causes of acne are many. Genetics and hormonal changes are common causes of acne. Acne may be the sign of a hormonal disorder such as polycystic ovarian disease in women, pregnancy, or be made worse by medications, oils, or friction from helmets or equipment. Some studies suggest that stress makes acne worse. The effect of diet on acne is still controversial. Recent studies have shown that skim dairy products and a high glycemic diet may be worse for acne suffers. In one study, women who ate more leafy, green vegetables were less affected by acne.
How to best treat acne depends on a variety of factors including cause, severity, lesion-type, location, skin color, lifestyle and medical history. First, get evaluated by an exper to be able to assess your condition and its causes, inform and counsel you about your options, and offer you a full range of appropriate treatments including prescriptions, guidance about over-the-counter products, procedures and professional strength products.
Acne is a chronic condition that can come and go, and unfortunately for some people, come and stay. Unfortunately, other than isotretinoin, which does not always work for everyone, there is no true cure for acne currently available. Most treatments focus on getting the condition under control and reducing the frequency of flares.
The inflammation caused by acne can sometimes leave scars (which are either depressed or raised), red spots, or brown discoloration, also called blemishes or hyperpigmentation. Red and brown spots generally fade, although it may take months or sometimes years. Scars are permanent. It is important to know the difference between a blemish and a scar as the prognosis and treatments are different.
Through utilising the treatments we offer, which include chemical peels, laser treatments, prescription strength bleaching creams, brightening agents, punch excisions and injections, we can come up with an ideal treatment plan to control your acne and treatments for scars and blemishes.