The treatment of acne is a particular focus at Ennis Medical Aesthetics. We understand that acne can leave more than physical marks on your face and body; it can have a significant impact on your self-esteem and self-confidence. We use a number of approaches to treatment as the condition itself has many different forms and will design a programme specifically for each patient to ensure optimum results.
Acne appears when a pore in our skin clogs. This clog begins with dead skin cells. Normally, dead skin cells rise to surface of the pore, and the body sheds the cells. When the body starts to make lots of sebum, oil that keeps our skin from drying out, the dead skin cells can stick together inside the pore. Instead of rising to the surface, the cells become trapped inside the pore.
Sometimes bacteria that live on our skin, p. acnes, also get inside the clogged pore. Inside the pore, the bacteria have a perfect environment for multiplying very quickly. With loads of bacteria inside, the pore becomes inflamed.
Acne is characterized by: comedones (blackheads or whiteheads), papules, pustules (whiteheads), cysts, and nodules. It affects mainly the face, chest, back, and shoulders. If the acne is left untreated, or if picked or treated inappropriately, permanent scars may result.
There are many treatment options available for acne:
- Oral and/or topical medications
- OBAGI CLENZIDERM SYSTEM: These products contain salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide.
- Medical microneedling with Dermapen™
- Chemical peels: The most common acids used for this treatment are alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA’s) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA’s), such as Glycolic, Lactic, and Salicylic.
We invite you to book a consultation to discuss a treatment plan that would be most beneficial for you.
Acne: Fact or Fiction?
Acne will clear more quickly if you scrub your skin clean
- Fiction. Scrubbing your skin will actually worsen acne.
For some people, acne treatment just doesn’t work
- Fiction. Thankfully today virtually all acne can be cleared.
Early treatment is important.
- Fact. Early treatment can prevent skin with a few pimples from progressing to skin with lots of different acne blemishes including deep, painful cysts. Early treatment can also prevent permanent acne scars.
Wearing makeup causes acne breakouts.
- Fiction. Wearing make-up is fine as long as you use cosmetics that won’t clog your pores. If you use make-up brushes, be sure to clean them once a week.
Once acne clears, you need a maintenance plan to keep your skin clear.
- Fact. To keep the skin clear, it is important to treat the acne that is brewing beneath the surface skin. We stock award winning medical grade skin care products to help keep acne at bay.
Acne will clear on its own once the teenage years are over.
- Fiction. The teenage years are the most common time to have acne, but there’s no guarantee that acne will end with your teenage years. Some people have acne well into their 20s, 30s, 40s, and even 50s and 60s. Some women who had a few pimples as a teenage can develop severe acne as an adult.
Changing your sheets and pillowcases at least once a week can help clear acne.
- Fact. By the end of one week, sheets and pillowcases are swarming with dead cells and bacteria. These can clog your pores leading to breakouts.
Acne treatment takes time to work, so promise of an overnight cure is just hype.
- Fact. You may see claims that a product will cure acne overnight but that’s inaccurate. The truth is that most acne treatments take about 4 to 6 weeks to work.
Blackheads appear when your pores get clogged with dirt.
- Fiction. Dirt doesn’t cause blackheads. Blackheads appear when a pore becomes clogged with excess oil, dead skin cells and bacteria. The black colour appears because air mixes with what’s clogging your pores, a process known as oxidisation. A retinoid can help unclog pores and get rid of blackheads (link to Obagi or image).
Having Acne is really no big deal.
- Fiction. Acne often causes significant physical and psychological problems, such as permanent scarring, poor self-image, depression and anxiety. Early acne treatments can prevent these problems.