Acne vulgaris is one of the most frequently treated illnesses in dermatology practices. The treatment is usually lengthy and sometimes associated with substantial side effects. Young people affected usually suffer severely from this. Acne is primarily an illness of the sebaceous gland follicles, which are located predominantly on the face, back and chest.
At first, they create non-inflammatory blackheads, but later a series of inflammatory lesions such as papules, pustules and lumps can also develop. Acne vulgaris or “common acne” is caused by increased androgen levels during puberty and subsides when the patient enters their thirties at the latest.
A less common and more severe disease is acne inversa. It is an illness of skin appendages that starts in the sebaceous glands and has a secondary effect on the apocrine perspiratory glands. Areas particularly susceptible including axilla and the groin-pubic region, up to and including the gluteal region. It affects the back and stomach less frequently and very rarely affects otherwise typical acne regions, such as the face.
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Firstly we will assess your skin carefully and ask you a range of questions to discover your previous history. If you are taking any medications or have done in the past we would ask you to bring the name of them along, as some medications can contra-indicate certain treatments.
Previous history with regards to acne is very important in establishing the best plan of action. In some severe cases of acne your practitioner may feel it necessary to refer you to a Consultant dermatologist.
Quite often the skin can’t heal itself and needs aid in reducing the inflammation and then a solution to help build the skin to prevent further breakouts. DermaQuest favours salicylic acid a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) for its acne solution. Many skin care
companies still resort to glycolic acid but research shows that beta hydroxy acid is quicker to reduce inflammation, decongest pores and kills bacteria.
With this treatment, your skin will peel/shed. Expect flaking for a few days to one week post treatment. But as the dead skin cells fall away, so too will the reduction of breakouts. To balance and build the skin pre and post treatment.
This treatment may cause increased sensitivity to the skin depending on the skin type and home care regime. Side effects may include, but not limited to, stinging, itching, irritation, redness, swelling, tightness, peeling and scabbing of the skin. Avoid sweating, exercising, hot baths or showers, scrubbing, picking or rubbing, which could lead to scarring.
If you are using retinoids and/or alpha hydroxy acid products, only re-introduced to the skin once it has healed. Protect the skin from direct sun exposure with a broad spectrum sunscreen for a minimum of 3 days post-treatment to prevent hyperpigmentation. A hat may be worn if necessary. Your compliance with the use of daily sunscreen on an ongoing basis is mandatory, especially with exfoliation treatments.
You must cease using Retin A for one week and no facial waxing for one-two weeks prior to the Peptide Resurfacer. If you are using benzoyl peroxide products you must cease use for 3-4 days prior to the peel. Those who are prone to herpes breakouts can be referred to a physician for a prescription prior to the peel to help avoid breakouts during healing time.
Your practitioner will discuss a tailored plan with you to suit your individual needs, achieving maximum results.
In order to obtain maximum results in diminishing acne we may offer a combination of both treatments.
This will depend on an individual client basis on suitability for each treatment.
The treatments will be simultaneously performed using two week intervals, depending on acne severity and client tolerance.
When perfoming any treatment for acne the patient must understand it is a case of managing the acne, we can not ever say acne can be cured.
After the treatment, any heat to the skin must be avoided for 48 hours i.e saunas, hot baths or showers.
It is advisable when undergoing any kind of treatment SPF is worn regardless of weather conditions.
There is constantly UVA and UVB rays penetrating our skin, come rain or shine.
When undergoing any skin peels or laser treatment it is paramount that homecare products are used.
This will prepare the skin for treatment and balance the PH level within the skin.