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What Causes Acne?
Acne is caused by a combination of genetic, hormonal and local factors acting on the sebaceous glands of the skin. Sebaceous glands are the natural oil-producing glands of the skin and they are most numerous on the face.
Three major changes occur in turn in these glands to produce acne lesions:
- Skin cells at the openings of these sebaceous glands (the pores) become “sticky” and clump together blocking their openings and preventing the oil from escaping onto the skin surface. The resulting distension of the glands produces what are commonly known as ‘whiteheads’. Distension of these sebaceous glands can be made even worse during times of increased oil production such as at puberty and during adolescence. Blockage of the pores can also result from using cosmetics containing large-molecular size oils. Sometimes, the blockages are caused both by “sticky” cells and the wrong cosmetics working in combination.
- Bacteria, which normally live in the sebaceous glands, begin to multiply when the glands become blocked and distended by the oils unable to escape.
- The multiplication of these bacteria then produces the inflammation that we recognise as red “pimples”.
Despite popular opinion, acne is NOT caused by dietary factors such as dairy products, chocolates and sweets, nor is it a result of unclean skin.
What Can Aggravate Acne?
Many Moisturisers – Most moisturisers contain large-molecular size oils or similar occlusive agents that can block pores and cause acne. The skin of acne sufferers already contains enough oil, so a moisturiser is rarely necessary. If you believe that you do need a moisturiser, our doctor will recommend one at your initial consultation that won’t block the pores.
Oil-Based Cosmetics – Oily foundations, many moisturisers, powder compacts, oily cleansers, etc.
Sunscreen Creams – Choose instead a sunscreen milk, lotion or gel.
Contraceptives – Some oral contraceptives and injectable contraceptives.
Squeezing – Do not pick or squeeze. Squeezing spreads the inflammation deeper into the skin which can then lead to acne scarring.
Stress and Poor Sleep Patterns – These probably act via hormone release.
Poor and Unbalanced Diets
How WE very successfully treat acne
Firstly, we need to assess whether you have a mild, moderate, or severe form of acne.
Then, we customise for you a program that will include different treatments to get the best possible results.
Your actual treatment program will usually include one or more of the following:
- REMOVAL OF ALL AGGRAVATING COSMETICS FROM YOUR SKIN CARE ROUTINE
Many cosmetics (including sunscreens) contain oils and other ingredients that block the pores and trigger or aggravate acne. In some cases, they are even the sole cause of the acne!
Such ingredients include, but are not limited to:
These all can clog pores and lead to ‘flare-ups’.
- GLYCOLIC ACID LOTION to unblock the pores. This is a simple to use, once daily, home application.
- ANTIBIOTICS may be prescribed initially for a short period to bring your acne under quick control.
- ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES: Some oral contraceptive formulations can help to control acne by reducing the amount of oil produced by the sebaceous glands. If you wish to take an oral contraceptive, ask your GP to prescribe one that could help control your acne.
- MEDICAL-GRADE MICRO-DERMABRASIONS
- SUPERFICIAL CHEMICAL PEELS
- XEN LED LIGHT THERAPY: Blue Light LED energies can penetrate the skin to both reduce sebaceous gland activity as well as destroy active acne-causing bacteria.
- ACNE MEDICATIONS: There is available on prescription a specific retinoid-derivative drug for acne but Government regulations prevent us from mentioning it by name. It has such a profound effect on acne that it’s universally regarded as THE ONLY REAL CURE for acne. The drug is taken orally for 12-16 weeks and most people require one course only. However, it must never be used during pregnancy and women must not conceive until at least 1 month after stopping it. It has no effect on male sperm or fertility.
Before & After Acne Treatment
The Mistakes People Make When Treating Their Acne
MISTAKE NO. 1: NOT PERSISTING WITH AN ACNE TREATMENT LONG ENOUGH
You must give a product at least 8 weeks and then keep using it if you notice an improvement. In some cases, your skin might feel a little irritated in the first couple of weeks of treatment, or even look a little worse, before it gets better.
MISTAKE NO. 2: TRYING TOO MANY PRODUCTS AT ONCE
People usually add more products when they don’t get results in the first few days of treatment.
What then happens is that they start trying different products, adding more if they don’t see results within a few days. This mistake can actually irritate the skin and worsen the acne.
MISTAKE NO. 3: OVER-SCRUBBING OR OVER-CLEANSING THE SKIN
Scrubbing the skin will actually worsen acne because it can compromise the skin’s protective barrier and increase irritation.
Remember: Acne is not caused by unclean skin, so over-scrubbing or over-cleansing will not help and may even irritate the skin.
MISTAKE NO. 4: USING THE WRONG PRODUCTS ON ACNE-PRONE SKIN
Certain ingredients in cosmetics, moisturisers and some sunscreens can clog pores and aggravate the acne, or even be the sole cause of it.
MISTAKE NO. 5: PICKING AND SQUEEZING AT PIMPLES
Squeezing pimples can drive their contents into the deeper skin layers and cause scarring.
MISTAKE NO. 6: WAITING TOO LONG TO SEE AN ACNE SPECIALIST
Unfortunately, acne sufferers either delay seeking treatment from doctors specialising in acne, or they receive inadequate treatments in the form of prolonged antibiotic courses which, without any of the other essential measures, usually deliver a partial improvement only, or none at all!
Delaying an effective treatment program not only has a profound social and psychological effect in the form of self-consciousness and embarrassment, it can also lead to permanent and disfiguring scarring.
MISTAKE NO. 7: OVER-USING OR UNDER-USING A PRESCRIBED ACNE MEDICATION
Always use the medication as prescribed. Over-using it won’t help clear the acne any sooner or better. In fact, it can cause irritation, redness, dryness and flakiness of the skin forcing you to then stop it.
Under-using it by forgetting it or stopping it when the skin improves will only allow the acne to return.
If you are using a prescribed lotion, you must apply it to the whole face, not just the area currently showing pimples. Such “spot-treatments” must be avoided because you haven’t addressed the area next to it where another pimple could be brewing!
MISTAKE NO. 8: STOPPING THE ACNE TREATMENTS AS SOON AS IT STARTS TO CLEAR UP
Our doctor will advise which parts of your treatment program, if any, you can reduce once the acne has cleared. Some people need a form of maintenance to avoid repeat major flare-ups.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Rarely is acne due to a single cause. Usually, multiple factors are responsible as explained above
Firstly, a detailed assessment of your acne by our doctor and its possible causes needs to be carried out so that an effective treatment plan can be formulated.
Yes. There is a drug that can permanently cure acne. It is a retinoid-derivative but Government regulations prevent us from mentioning its name. The drug is taken for 3-4 months and most people require one course only.
Firstly, make an appointment to see our doctor and bring with you EVERYTHING you put on your skin – cosmetics, cleansers, toners and sunscreens – so our doctor can see if anything in your skin care regime could be aggravating or even causing your acne!
If our doctor believes you need the retinoid medication for your acne, you will then be referred to our Dermatologist for the prescription.
Cost of the Initial Consultation is $165. Follow-up appointments are $110 each.