Acne Treatment Geelong
Acne & Acne Scarring can be a debilitating condition that can cause its sufferers to be worried about their appearance. Like how there is differing levels of acne severity, there are also many different acne treatment options. At CRC Geelong, we provide acne treatment in a variety of different ways that compliment and add to your Doctor’s recommendations. Our fully trained and qualified dermal clinicians will assess your condition at an initial consultation and provide you with a tailored skin treatment plan that is suited to your skin.
Before & After Acne Treatment
This client’s amazing results were achieved through a thorough acne treatment program. The treatment program included Intensive skin treatments such as peeling agents performed monthly, as well as the use of prescribed home skin care routine. This was all achieved within less than a year without the use of oral medication.
You may not know this but Acne is the number one skin condition diagnosed in young people. Even with this in mind, there is a fair amount of misinformation available online about acne and how to treat it. In this section we will seek answer a few of the questions you may have about acne, how to prevent it and how to treat it.
What causes Acne?
There is no one individual cause of acne. Acne can be caused by a multitude of factors such as, hormones, diet, stress, and genetics. It’s more than likely that your acne is caused by a combination of these factors. Let’s take a bit of a deeper look at each of these factors.
As we enter our teenage years our bodies begin to mature. This maturation also includes our skin, which, once matured, starts producing oil from glands that develop during adolescents. It is these glands that have possibility of turning into Acne. This is why traditional acne does not begin until the teenage years.
In young women, the fluctuation in their hormones during their monthly menstrual cycle can also lead to a sudden increase of acne appearance. It is for this reason that many Doctors prescribe young woman with the contraceptive pill. The pill serves to regulate the hormone levels and thus limit the onset of acne during the cycle.
It has not been proven whether diet plays any substantial part in the occurrence of acne. However, some studies suggest that a low-glycemic diet, or reducing the amount of processed foods you eat, may have some benefits for a reduction in acne.
During times of heightened stress our bodies respond by producing more hormones (androgens) and even causes your body to become more inflamed. Both of these responses can lead to a sudden breakout of acne. If you are a sufferer of acne then it is important that you try to avoid high levels of both emotional and physical stress. This means exercising regularly, when we exercise our body releases a chemical called endorphins which make us feel better, sleeping more, and having some no-screen meditation and relaxation time.
Unfortunately, if your Mum, Dad, or siblings have suffered from acne then it is more likely you will to. Obliviously, there is very little you can do to change your genetics, but that is why a proper skin care program and controlling other factors like stress and diet are extra important in limiting your acne.
Are there different types of Acne?
Yes, there are actually 4 different types of acne. All acne begins with the blocking of your body’s pores, the sebum (oil) from these pores then becomes stuck and bacteria begins to cultivate. The 4 types of acne are:
A whitehead is formed when the sebum and bacteria is trapped below the surface of the skin.
A blackhead is formed when the sebum oxidizes at the opening of the pore.
A papule is formed when the walls inside the pore are broken and white blood cells enter to try and fight the bacteria that has grown. This causes an inflammation in the skin, which turns red. A papule rarely has a head on it, but will be characterised as a raised red area of skin around the pore.
A pustule is the later stages of a papule. Once the white blood cells reach the surface of the skin they can be visible as a white zit or pimple.
Where can Acne appear on the body?
Acne is more likely to appear on parts of your body where more sebaceous glands can be found. Areas such as these are typically your face, chest, and back. However, it is possible for acne to appear on any part of the body, such as arms, legs, neck, and genitals. It all depends on the number of sebaceous glands you have and this can vary from individual to individual.
How can I prevent Acne?
When it comes to acne treatment, prevention is often the best way to minimise breakouts. Prevention can include:
– Giving your skin a chance to breathe by not wearing heavy makeup every day of the week. And for the days you do wear makeup, make sure it’s the non-oily variety and of a high quality that will not irritate your skin.
– Always remember to take off your makeup with a professional grade makeup remover at the end of the day.
– Never go to sleep with your makeup on.
– Don’t pick your acne. This can cause it to spread and become worse.
– Try to limit your stress. You can do this by taking just 1 hour of your day to relax and unwind. Meditation can be an amazing tool for relieving the build-up of stress for some people.
– A skin care program with professional grade skin care products combined with cleansing treatments can deliver optimum results. These programs are best prescribed by a qualified skin professional and tailored to suit your skin’s condition. Don’t just take your friends’ or family members’ recommendations when it comes to skin care, it is always best to ask for a professional opinion.
Why should Acne be treated?
Aside from the obvious self-esteem issues caused by acne, leaving it untreated can lead to skin infections and even acne scarring.
What are Acne Scars?
Acne scars occur when there is a significant tear in the follicle wall from a papule or pustule. This tear causes the bacteria within the pore to spill out and to degrade the surrounding tissue. The skin tries to repair itself by producing new collagen fibre. However, this new skin is not as smooth or flawless as the original skin and is thus referred to as acne scars.
Can Acne Scars be treated?
Yes, they can. Depending on the severity of your scarring different treatments may be necessary. This may include Laser Skin Rejuvenation, Collagen Induction Therapy (Skin Needling), or Microdermabrasion treatment. Before making any decision about what treatment you should attempt we highly recommend that you book in for a consultation so that your acne scars can be properly assessed by a qualified skin specialist.
The CRC Approach to Acne Treatment
We recommend treatments and procedures such as microdermabrasion, intensive skin treatments, and lasers if necessary. However, each patient’s skin is different, so some patients may require multiple different types of treatment to achieve optimum results.
All our recommendations and treatment plans are designed to complement and work alongside any prescribed acne treatment and medications from your Doctor. For best results, we encourage you to bring along the medications or prescriptions your Doctor has given you so that our dermal clinicians can factor this into your treatment plan.
CRC’s dermal clinicians will advise you on general measures for acne treatment and in achieving and maintaining clear skin, which will also involve a home-based skin care regime that uses medical grade skin care products.
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