Are you struggling with breakouts of acne? Our doctors at Dr.Derme aesthetic clinic are here to help you regain your confidence in your skin. Furthermore, read on for our top tips for acne prevention and treatment from our medical specialists in dermatology.
What is acne?
Acne causes red pimples on your face, chest and back. In addition, spots can appear more commonly on oily skin. Furthermore, acne starts in the teenage years but can come on at any time. It is caused by blockage and inflammation of glands or pores in your skin. Further, the medical term for the common form of acne is acne vulgaris.
What causes acne?
Firstly, acne is linked to hormone level changes. Therefore, it starts around puberty. Secondly, it can run in families. Thirdly, Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) causes acne. However, how often and how bad your acne depends on the type of bacteria on your skin. Equally important is your immune system which triggers a reaction to the bacteria. Finally, your hair follicles become clogged and collect.
British Association of Dermatologists Acne Patient Information Leaflet
What can make your acne worse?
Equally important in acne prevention and treatment is recognising what can make your acne worse. Firstly, applying cosmetic products that can block your pores be unhelpful. Moreover, humid environments can also make your acne worse. In addition, drugs like steroids, hormones, epileptic medications can also be culprits. Controversially, foods containing high amounts of carbohydrates can also make your acne worse. Lastly, the polycystic ovarian disease can also make acne worse.
How bad is your acne?
Understandably, acne prevention and treatment depends on how bad your acne is. Firstly, you have mild acne if you have whiteheads and blackheads with some that are red and angry. Secondly, you have moderate acne if you have more red and pus spots. Equally, your acne is severe if you have lots of spots that are larger in size and scarring.
Top tips for acne prevention and treatment.
You should look for non-comedogenic on the products you purchase to avoid making your acne worse. To help you with your acne prevention and treatment, your doctor will prescribe creams for you. Furthermore, products containing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are helpful. Topical retinoids and retinol work in many ways to help acne prevention and treatment. Equally, antibiotic creams and tablets help reduce inflammation. You might need a stronger medication called Roaccutane if your acne is not better.
How can you treat your acne scarring?
Firstly, it is very important to avoid picking or scratching the spots to prevent scarring. Equally, you must get on top of your acne as quickly as possible to reduce the amount of scarring. Acne scarring can be treated in many ways. Our specialist will be able to guide you.
- We may recommend a skincare routine with high strength medical ingredients to help treat pigmentation and prepare your skin for procedures.
- A chemical peel can help treat active acne and superficial scarring.
- Microneedling can help target deep scars combined with growth factors from your own blood also known as vampire facial.
- Releasing scar tissue using needles called Subcision can help.
- Hyaluronic dermal filler skin boosters can help heal acne scarring.
- Severe scars are treated with laser resurfacing using Erbium and CO2 fractional ablative lasers.
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