Acne is a common skin condition that frequently affects teenagers and young adults of both sexes. However, adults of all ages from mid twenties through to mid fifties are increasingly affected and troubled by congested skin, blocked pores, blackheads or whiteheads and skin blemishes.
Acne can have a negative impact on a person’s confidence, self-esteem and participation in a fulfilling social life. Help is available, we offer a range of acne treatments to leave your skin clear and blemish free and restore confidence.
For many acne sufferers, outbreaks begin at puberty because the body begins to produce hormones called androgens. These hormones cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge. In acne sufferers, these glands are over stimulated. Changes in androgen levels are also responsible for acne flare-ups associated with the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause.
When the sebaceous gland is stimulated by androgens, it produces extra sebum (oil). Sebum mixes with common skin bacteria and dead skin cells that have been shed from the lining of the follicle. While this process is normal, the presence of extra sebum in the follicle increases the chances of clogging and can cause acne. Stress levels have also affected sebum production and can increase severity of acne.
The bacterium Propionibacterium acnes, (P. acnes for short) is present on all skins and is part of the skin’s natural sebum maintenance system. Once a follicle is clogged, P. acnes bacteria multiply rapidly, causing inflammation in the follicle and surrounding skin.
Unwanted bacteria on the skin will cause an immune response resulting in sore, red spots and cysts. There are many kinds of acne treatments available. Acne is highly individual and response to treatments will vary from person to person. Often a combination of several different treatments are necessary.
How is acne treated with a laser?
The laser treatment stimulates your skin’s natural healing process, resulting in accelerated collagen production and a renewal process that greatly diminishes scar tissue.
How many treatments are necessary?
Typically 3 – 6 treatments are needed for maximum results and treatments are spaced every 4-8 weeks.
How long does each treatment take?
Treatment times vary according to the size of the area being treated. For example, a half face treatment can take 30 minutes whereas men’s shoulders may take up to an hour.
What does treatment feel like?
Treatment is mildly uncomfortable. Sensations vary but most people describe it as a very quick, hot pin prick.
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