Acne is a common skin condition that affects most people, to some extent, usually when they are in their teens and early twenties. But sometimes ‘adult acne’ can continue, with an unwelcome impact on your everyday life.
Acne can vary from relatively mild and superficial blackheads or whiteheads with oily skin to more severe inflamed spots and cysts that may leave permanent scarring.
Types & Causes
Acne is mainly due to hormonal changes that cause an over-production of sebum (the oil that the skin produces naturally to prevent drying). Oily skin and acne occur when the pores (openings for the hair follicles) become blocked with excess sebum and dead skin cells.
Different people have different types of acne. It is really important to get the correct treatment for your specific condition.
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Acne is generally hereditary and there is no cure. But there are ways to minimise acne.
Don’t pick or squeeze spots
Picking and popping spots can cause scars, as well as spread the spots. Try not to touch your spots as this could worsen the condition.
Check your diet
Eating a balanced diet is important and can help improve your skin. Eating too many fatty foods can affect your skin, so opt for foods high in Omega 3 and cut down on dairy products and sugar.
Don’t clog pores
Using heavy makeup isn’t good for the skin and can block pores. Try using lighter mineral make-up to allow the skin to breathe.
Stay out of the sun
Too much exposure to the sun can dry the skin. Your skin produces excess oil to compensate, which can lead to more spots.
Take daily exercise
Exercise delivers oxygen to skin cells and regulates hormone levels, all of which contribute to reducing acne.
If you are self-conscious of spots and oily skin, however mild, please do call us. We GUANANTEE we have a combination of treatments or products that will improve your skin – we find results are enhanced with the use of the quality products we can recommend.
Our range of peels and skin resurfaces can help to improve skin texture and redefine pores and are suitable for a range of conditions including pigmentation (discolouration), scars left by ingrowing hairs, lines and wrinkles, redness or rosacea and acne.
LASER SKIN REJUVENATION
Laser skin rejuvenation improves skin tone and texture for a more youthful look. It involves minimal ‘downtime’ and is suitable for a range of conditions including large and small areas of pigmentation (discolouration), rosacea, redness/inflammation and visible (or broken) veins.