acne

Acne

how we can control acne and even cure it permanently!

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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 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:

  1. Skin cells at the openings of these sebaceous glands become “sticky” and clump together glands at the skin surface (the pores).  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.
  2. There is an increased production of oil by the sebaceous glands. This is especially so at puberty and during adolescence.
  3. Bacteria, which normally live in the sebaceous glands, begin to multiply when the glands become blocked and distended by the oils unable to escape.
  4. The multiplication of these bacteria then produces the inflammation that we recognise as “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 such as oily foundations, many moisturisers, powder compacts, oily cleansers etc.
  • SUNSCREAM CREAMS: Choose instead a sunscreen milk, lotion or gel.
  •  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 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:

  • AVOID ALL AGGRAVATING COSMETICS: 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:
    – isopropyl palmitate
    – isopropyl myristate
    – butyl stearate
    – isopropyl isostearate
    – decyl oleate
    – isostearyl neopentanoate
    – isocetyl stearate
    – myristle myristate
    – cocoa butter
    – lanolin
    – and various oils.
    These all can clog pores and lead to ‘breakouts’.
  • DR MAYSON’S UNIQUE GLYCOLIC LOTION to unblock the pores.  This is a simple to use, once daily, home application.
  • ANTIBIOTICS may be included initially and for a short period to bring your acne under quicker control.
  • ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES: Some low-dose birth control pills may help control acne in women who tend to have flare-ups before menstruation.  If you need to take an oral contraceptive, ask your doctor to prescribe one that may also help to control your acne.  Diane 35 is just one such brand that can be prescribed as it reduces the amount of oil produced by the sebaceous glands.
  • MEDICAL-GRADE MICRO-DERMABRASIONS
  • SUPERFICIAL CHEMICAL PEELS
  • RF & LED THERAPY: Combined Bipolar Radio Frequency and Blue Light LED energies can penetrate the skin to both reduce sebaceous gland activity and destroy active acne-causing bacteria.
  • ACNE-CURING MEDICATION: There is available on prescription a specific retinoid-derivative drug for acne (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.

 

The mistakes people make in 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 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 found in products such as cosmetics (oil-based foundations & powder compacts), most 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 an assessment and treatment from doctors specialising in acne, or they receive inadequate treatments in the form of prolonged antibiotic courses which, without any of the other necessary measures, usually deliver a partial improvement only or none at all!

Delaying an effective treatment program not only has a profound social and psychological impact 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.  Most people need some form of maintenance to avoid repeat major outbreaks.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes acne?

Rarely is acne due to a single cause.  Usually, multiple factors are responsible.

How can I get rid of my acne?

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.

Can acne be cured permanently?

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.

How do I go about getting rid of my acne?

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.

What does the consultation and treatment cost?

Cost of the Initial Consultation & Skin Assessment is $220 but you will receive a rebate of around $57 from Medicare. Follow-up appointments are $165. If you need the acne-curing retinoid medication, this costs around $39 for each of the 3 or 4 months of treatment.   

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