Acne

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Acne

There are various treatments approved for acne and scarring including dermaroller and skin peeling. Laser resurfacing is also used in the treatment of acne. Our doctors will be able to advise you on the best treatment for your skin type.

What is acne?
Acne Vulgaris or common acne is a disease that usually starts around teenage years and is characterised by the presence of black heads (comedones), pimples (pustules) and in the more severe cases cysts or nodules.

What causes acne?
Acne starts in teenage years because of the surge of male hormone in both male and female teenagers. During puberty, the oily glands in the skin produce more oils at the time when the top layer of the skin is also getting thicker. As a result, the excess oils can be trapped in the skin allowing bacteria to colonise it. The skin then reacts by generating inflammatory processes to try to get rid of the bacteria. These inflammatory processes can be seen on the skin surface as pimples or pustules. Face, shoulders, back and chest are the most common areas that are affected by acne.

Why should acne be treated?
A lot of people still think that acne is one of those common skin conditions that the sufferers will just get over and too trivial to seek treatment from their doctors. While this is true in most cases, it may still take many years and sometime even decades before the acne is cleared naturally without treatment. This can cause the acne sufferers to have low self esteem and untreated acne may lead to severe scarring. It is important to remember that acne can be cleared but scars last a lifetime so getting treatment for acne before the formation of scars is highly advisable.

How can acne be treated?
Treatment of acne needs to address the four main causes of the problem: excess oil production; thickening skin, bacterial colonisation and inflammation. Doctors usually decide the treatment according to the following categories:

Active Acne – Chemical peel with microderm.

Our doctors can also start you on traditional treatments like antibiotic tablets and ointments to get the best results.

Acne Scarring
• The best treatment for this would be using the Dermaroller.
• Again our doctors can give you a complete assessment, as everyone’s needs are different.