Dr Shammi understands every patients needs are individual which is why she is fervent that each treatment should be bespoke and tailored to the individual. Acne may be frustrating and complex in nature, which is why Dr Shammi is tenacious in finding what works for the individual. Book a consultation and begin your journey to fulfilling your Ode to clear skin.
Symptoms of acne
Acne is a common condition that affects people between across multiple demographics. The condition causes spots and pimples on various areas of the upper body such as the face, neck and back. It can affect all genders, although it is more common in women. People who suffer from acne may feel self-conscious about their skin. As well as this, the discomfort caused by acne symptoms can take its toll, prompting people to search for an effective acne treatment.
Common symptoms of acne include:
- Blackheads and whiteheads
- Nodules (red bumps under the skin)
- Persistent redness
Bear in mind that when symptoms appear in isolation or occasionally, this is not considered acne.
Severe acne can also cause scarring in some people, and these people may benefit from acne scar treatment. There are things you can do to reduce or prevent scarring. For example, double cleanse in the evenings to ensure makeup, sunscreen and general build up is removed, and keeping an active healthy lifestyle can help prevent your spots from becoming inflamed and causing scars. It may also be helpful to avoid oil-based makeup and harsh soaps, as well as to refrain from picking at your pimples and spots. This way, you will reduce the risk of acne scars.
What causes acne?
Acne is caused by bacteria that begin growing under the skin. This happens as a result of oil build-up and blocked pores. Debris and dead cells build up in the pores, leading to the development of pimples, nodules, and other textural issues. If these symptoms persist, it can lead the skin to become inflamed and damaged. Acne most often appears on the face, neck, chest, and back, because these areas have the most oil glands.
Acne can be triggered 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.
Teenagers are often more prone to acne due to changing hormones and increased oil production. Both boys and girls can develop acne during puberty, depending on their genetics, diet, and general skincare habits. In some cases, the condition can persist to adulthood, at which point many people begin seeking treatment. Some people may also seek out acne scar treatment to reduce the appearance of scars.
Your initial acne consultation at ODE Dermatology Melbourne
We customise every acne treatment to the patient and their needs. This means you will need to have an initial appointment with Dr Shammi Theesan to establish the best approach for your skin. Our panel of experts will inquire about your medical history and examine your skin condition to ensure the treatment plan to follow is the most effective. We will also discuss your reasons for seeking coming in to see us and which areas of skin you are most concerned about. During this meeting, you should raise any other health conditions or current medications you are taking. This will help Dr Shammi Theesan develop a bespoke treatment to optimise your skin and address the condition holistically. After this appointment, you will have a clear trajectory of what to expect from your treatment plan.