Acne is a very common medical condition which affects the skin’s appearance, and can negatively impact a person’s self-esteem. For people with minor bumps and pimples, at-home remedies may do the trick, but receiving professional management and advice is the best way to enjoy lasting results.
A dermatologist (skin, hair loss and nail specialist) is the best person to correctly identify the grade and cause of your acne, and develop a tailored treatment plan to help you manage it. This ensures correct treatment, prevents or minimises scarring, and fast-tracks the restoration of your skin health and personal confidence.
Effective acne treatments target four key concerns:
Acne can be caused by multiple factors including genetics, hormones, skincare, diet, stress and sleep. While maintaining a healthy lifestyle is helpful for everyone, genetics and hormones play a strong role in determining your skin’s condition. There are also different grades of acne, which require different levels of intervention to achieve a rejuvenated appearance. Other skin conditions, such as rosacea and perioral dermatitis can also present similarly, so the first step to successfully treating acne is an accurate diagnosis.
This is acne without inflammation (redness) and includes whiteheads, blackheads and small pimples across the T-zone (your forehead, nose and chin, which produce excess oil). Treatment involves a deep, thorough pore cleanse to remove dead skin cells, oil and dirt. This aims to reduce pore size and minimise excess oil production, helping to restore your complexion.
In addition to whiteheads and blackheads, grade two acne includes papules (pink lumps under your skin, raised, slightly painful) and pustules (larger bumps, swollen, painful and pus-filled). Pus is produced when there is an infection, which means careful treatment is required. This includes removing oil build-up and controlling the bacteria infection, to encourage even skin texture and radiance.
This is the most severe grade of inflammatory acne, where infection exists deep within your skin. It is painful and carries the risk of permanent scarring, however receiving professional advice makes treating it very manageable. Treatment requires reducing the size of the cysts to minimise pain, followed by the gradual and noticeable regeneration of your skin’s health.