Treating acne and problematic skin can be a challenge as we have to look at 4 key factors to cause acne and the best course of treatment to help slow down and ultimately stop the breakouts, redness, inflammation that is occurring.

Factors causing acne/problematic skin

  • Excess sebum oil production
  • Bacteria (P.acne)
  • Build up of dead skin cells
  • Hormones

Other factors to consider with acne and problematic skin

  • Lifestyle
  • Diet
  • Cosmetics
  • Stress
  • Gut health
  • Medication

Four Grades of Acne

Grade I – mild form with some open comedone (blackheads) and closed comedone (whiteheads)

Grade II – large number of open comedone (blackheads) and closed comedone (whiteheads) and possibly a few papules and pustules with slight inflammation

Grade III – as well as open/closed comedones, there are more red and inflamed papules and pustules

Grade IV – Severe inflammation and sometimes painful, large number of papules and pustules with large cystic. Sometimes referred to as cystic acne with deep cysts and scar formation

There are various advanced specific treatments available to help treat acne prone, congested and problematic skin:

1 – IPL Skin Rejuvenation & LED Light therapy  – great combination
2 – Specialist Acne pH Formula Resurfacing
3 – iS Clinical Foaming Enzyme facial or Fire & Ice Resurfacing
4 – Bespoke Acne facial
5 – Environ Cool Peel
6 – LED light therapy – can be added to all the treatments above as the Blue light is very effective at killing the P.Acne bacteria and calming the skin

For acne scarring a combination of treatments can include: Chemical peel/resurfacing, IPL skin rejuvenation and advanced Mesotherapy micro-needling.

It is important to note that the first step is always to review your home skincare routine so that you are using the right products with the correct ingredients to work for your skin type and condition.

It is advisable to come into the clinic for a skin consultation and advanced skin analysis using the Opatra facial scanning machine so that we can discuss your skin in more detail and see what is going on underneath the skin, this will help to formulate a personalised skincare plan for you.  For more information on the Advanced Skin Analysis