Acne is a skin problem which affects millions of people to varying degrees of severity and ages. Acne usually develops when the sebaceous glands and the lining of the hair follicle begin to work overtime, as they do in adolescence.
Normally, the lining of the hair follicle sheds cells that are carried to the surface of the skin by the sebum. When the follicle is overworked and clogged, cells and sebum accumulate, forming a plug or comedo or commonly known as a blackhead.
Acne is characterised by these plugged pores blackheads and white-heads, inflamed pimples / pustules and deeper lumps / nodules. Acne occurs on the face, as well as the neck, chest, back, shoulders, and upper arms. Although most teenagers get some form of acne, adults in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, or even older, often develop acne. For some acne clears up after several years, even without treatment however left untreated for any length of time has the potential of causing unwanted scarring. Squeezing always spreads bacteria to other pores and in many instances causes scarring or pitting so its best avoided.
Acne can be disfiguring and upsetting. Untreated acne can leave permanent scars both physical and emotional. Dealing with acne is difficult enough with the added possibility of scarring, therefore treating acne before it takes a strong grip is important. Clogged and blocked pores are another condition associated with problematic skin that occurs and this can be seen or felt like hundreds of tiny bumps under the skin. Just cleaning your skin will not budge clogging, you will need treatment to break the clogging down and clear the pores.
There are many causes for acne and problematic skin – hormones play a huge part for both men and women, drugs prescription and recreational, contraception, poor diet, stress, wearing makeup without cleansing it daily and poor skincare routines. All these can be addressed successfully.
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Treatments that work well with acne and problematic skins are:
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- Intense Pulse Light
- Led Therapy
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Symptoms of Acne
There are two main types of acne: non-inflammatory and inflammatory.
In non-inflammatory acne, there are usually just a few white-heads and blackheads on the face.
A relatively mild type of acne, it can often be treated effectively with non-prescription medicines. The majority of people with acne have this type of acne.
With inflammatory acne, the white-heads become inflamed and red pimples and pustules develop.
In its most severe form, inflammatory acne can cause disfiguring cysts and deep, pitting scars of the face, neck, back, chest and groin.
Prescription drugs and sometimes surgery are needed to treat inflammatory acne. Acne is not caused by dirt.
Testosterone, a hormone which is present in both males and females, increases during adolescence (puberty).
It stimulates the sebaceous glands of the skin to enlarge, produce oil, and plug the pores. White-heads (closed comedones), blackheads (open comedones), and pimples (pustules) are present in teenage acne.
Acne, Oily and Combination Skins
Oily skin is caused by hormonal fluctuations, diet, contraceptive pills and sometimes hot and humid weather. All these factors cause the skin to lose its moisture and essential fatty acids (Linoleic acid in particular). To compensate for this loss of moisture, the skin begins to produce larger amounts of Oil. Oily skin is characterised by a shiny, think and dull appearance, often accompanied by coarse, enlarged pores, pimples and other skin conditions such as blackheads.
There are several causes of oil skin including imbalanced hormone levels, diet, heredity, pregnancy, use of birth control pills and humid and hot weather.
Because of the hormonal roller coaster of adolescence, oily skin is common in teenagers, but it can occur at any age. In general, skin tends to become dryer with age. The flow of sebum or oil increases during adolescence and starts decreasing with age. During pregnancy and menopause, hormonal imbalances can also upset the oil balance and increase the activity of sebaceous glands.
Many people have skin that is oily only in certain areas and dry or normal in others, a condition known as combination skin.
Whilst oily skin can have many draw-backs, one of the good things is that this type of skin ages more slowly. It is essential when dealing with Oily skin to avoid using products that would dry out the skin, as most people tend to do. This would just cause the glands to produce even more oil to compensate for the dryness when the upper layer of the skin shrinks.
While many people find this condition upsetting it can be rewarding to see it responding to correct and not abrasive or harsh treatments
As always, a consultation is required to assess correct treatment as each person is unique.