Adult acne issues can be multi faceted, but the bottom line is: it can be embarrassing and difficult to deal with. Let us help with that.
Why do I still have acne?
Experiencing acne in your teenage years is common as it reflects the change of hormones your body produces. Adult acne can be much the same, especially for women – an imbalance of hormones, usually an excess of one, can cause acne ranging from mild congestion to deep cystic pustules.
Other reasons for adult acne are lifestyle and allergy related. Diets high in refined sugars, or that include unknown allergies can bring out a multitude of skin issues, including increased sebum flow (your skins natural oil which protects your skin but can cause congestion when excessive) and can influence your acne. Medications and illnesses such Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) can also cause acne. If you suspect your acne is linked to symptoms beyond your skin, we recommend you visit your GP for a check up.
What is acne and what is inflammation?
Different types of acne can create a breakout, and the main types are whiteheads, blackheads, papules, pustules and cysts
Whiteheads are created when sebum (your skins natural oil) and dead skin cells created congestion. This blemish is small and white headed.
Blackheads are similar to whiteheads, and classified as a comedone (a congested follicle or pore) but are open which oxidises the congestion, turning them black. If you notice flat, black dots usually on the T zone of your face, there is a good chance you are experiencing blackheads.
Papules are the next level, when a comedone has become inflamed. The combination of dead skin cells, bacteria and sebum creates a medium sized inflammation that is usually easily irritated and can be painful.
Pustules are similar to papules, but include pus. These are pimples that are often tempting to “pop” as the infection has developed and the congested pore is now more swollen.
Cysts are deep, painful acne that means the infection has moved deeper into the skin, resulting in a sore lump and sometimes red.
Though you may experience a combination of these types of breakouts, acne can also manifest different between each person. Acne rosacea, the combination of breakouts and the common redness of rosacea can make your issues appear worse, and complicate treatment. Thankfully, we have a range of treatments that can soothe, reduce and look after your skin.
How we can treat your acne
The first step to treating your acne issues will be a thorough consultation that goes beyond the skin itself. We will ask you questions about lifestyle, including diet and exercise, and what medications you are currently on. From there, we can begin to create a series of treatments. This may include one treatment in a series, or a variety of different treatments, and will come with a recommended home care system to improve your results.
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Some of our acne treatments include:
Salicylic Acid Peel –
Excellent for exfoliating congested pores, this treatment is effective in the management of acne due to its specific bactericidal action.
Having the ability to penetrate the Stratum Corneum this efficiently induces an excellent keratolytic action on thickened, oily and resilient skins.
Recommended to have 4-6 treatments 4 weeks apart.
Skinceuticals Vitamin C Facial –
Once the skin is perfectly deep cleansed and exfoliated, a specific Vitamin C serum adapted to your skin type will be gently massaged onto your skin, followed by the specialised firming mask, rich in pure Vitamin C and amino acids, for an immediate tightening and brightening treatment. Expect a more youthful, firm and radiant complexion.
Phototherapy (light, lasers, and photodynamic therapy) –
have been proposed as an alternative therapeutic modality to treat acne vulgaris and has been proposed to have fewer side effects compared with other treatment options, for those with more sensitive skin or medications that complicate their treatment. Check out our Low Level Laser page to learn more about phototherapy as an option here
Once acne has been managed, you may experience post inflammation hyper-pigmentation and acne scarring that is now ready for treatment. You can learn more about these treatments here
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The Doctor’s Studio
Level 1, Suite 4, 87 Wattletree Road
Armadale VIC 3143 __
Monday–Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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T. 03 9509 2000
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