Acne is caused by a combination of genetic, hormonal and local factors acting on the sebaceous glands of the skin. Sebaceous glands are the oil-producing glands of the skin and they are most numerous on the face.
Four major changes in turn occur in these glands to produce acne lesions:
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.
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:
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 bit 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 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 outbreaks.
Rarely is acne due to a single cause. Usually, multiple factors are responsible.
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 be the sole cause of your acne!
If our Doctor believes you need the retinoid medication for your acne, you will then be referred to our Dermatologist to be assessed and obtain the prescription.
Cost of the Initial Consultation is $165 but you may be eligible for a Medicare Rebate of around $57. Follow-up appointments are $110 each.