Acne treatment solutions
. Are you suffering from breakouts?
. Very oily skin causing blackheads and congestion?
. Do you dream of clearer skin with less marks?
Acne is a problem that so many people in all age groups suffer from, it is not only teenagers who experience problematic skin, although it is estimated that around 30% of young people between the age of 11 to 30 experience acne at some time. Skin suffering from acne ranges from mild, minor outbreaks, to the stubborn outbreaks of cystic acne, the most severe type of acne with can affect the face, neck, chest and back. You may also suffer from blackheads and blocked pores which cause congestion; hair follicles become clogged with oil, dead skin cells accumulate and bacteria then cause infection. Acne can be an embarrassing condition for some and lead to low self-esteem, especially when causing acne scarring from repeated outbreaks of spots and pimples.
Summary of Treatment
Why not take a moment to look at the treatments so that you can see how you could benefit and how you can fit sessions into your schedule?
For skin that is currently suffering from an outbreak of acne which includes both spots and blackheads, we advise a three-stage programme. You may find that all stages are the most appropriate for you, or perhaps just one or two stages, it does all depend upon the severity of the acne. In the majority of cases we use the Lynton LUMINA which uses the award winning pulsed light system.
The light from the LUMINA IPL system focuses directly onto the overactive sebaceous glands which results in a decrease in both the severity and the number of lesions, furthermore is lessens inflammation and the frequency of breakouts.
Our FAQ page may answer any further questions that you have about the treatment of acne, or you can call and talk to us directly.
Acne is not a disease it’s a skin condition or disorder, so please don’t feel ashamed, typically its characteristics are; oiliness, blackheads, spots (possibly with white heads or possibly just red). However, you may also experience; dryness, flakiness, sensitivity, soreness, itching.
Here we use Murad products, which includes an acne range which contains mainly salicylic acid, hydrogen peroxide and retinol. They are very good for reducing inflammation, congestion (resulting from oil build up) and pustule size, they help to restore or maintain hydration of the skin which is known to suffer because of the acne.
We use Murad peels which are made of; glycolic acid, salicylic acid and lactic acid, we also have a gentle blemish-facial which uses papaya and pineapple enzymes with gingko biloba for its anti-inflammatory effect. In most cases we recommend at least 3 treatments but you may need upto 6 and these should be done every 1-4 weeks depending on the skin.
We typically use IPL or LED light therapy. They are quite different in the way they feel (please click on the links to read more) but they both work in a very similar way. They utilise different colours of light to help to kill the bacteria in the area, whilst also reducing inflammation and promoting healing. They have been utilised for many years now with some great results.
Of course, we fully understand that acne doesn’t only affect the face, it often affects the chest and back as well. We have treated these areas many times before.
We do say that generally these treatments are best for someone with a mild to moderate case of acne (for example, could have a range of blackheads, spots and oiliness) as the spots tend towards more cystic and boil sized then we are more limited and find that in this situation it is best to see a dermatologist.
There are a few options for active acne and we also have another option for acne scarring (textural change to the skin with possibly a little redness). Our acne treatment is generally done in three stages; products, peels and light (ipl or LED). Every individual client is assessed for their particular requirements and it may be that you only need one or two of those options, depending on your acne. A lot of people don’t like to use the term acne for their skin condition and prefer to think that they just suffer from a few breakouts.
Naturally this is entirely upto you,a GP/ dermatologist can recommend some great solutions that for many people may well prove to be effective, these can be; topically applied solutions (benzyl peroxide, salicylic acid, anti-biotics or retin A), oral solutions (anti-biotics, contraceptive pill, Roaccutane). However, we frequently find people come to us because they have exhausted many of the solutions from these sources but with little success. Whatever treatment you may elect totry, you should be aware that it takes time (often around 3-6 months) and treatment of your acne is not a cure, as unfortunately, you can easily get acne again in the future.
This is a really difficult question to answer! For some people the treatment is yes, it has worked dramatically and for others no, it has improved but not cured the condition. Treating acne is all about what is best for you and what works. We often discuss avoiding the triggers of acne; stress, diet, sleep, age (see next question)
Sadly, this is impossible to say, the treatments donot cure acne as we simply treat the symptoms and another outbreak can break out again. It is often found however that after a successful treatment plan the acne proves to be much better for as long as 8-12 months, in fact for some people this period is much longer. We shall recommend, as part of your programme, on-going periodic maintenance treatments to help keep it at bay.
This is a very good question and it is a vital thing to consider when looking at the bigger picture of your skin condition. We often will advise products that need to be adhered to for good results and to enhance the treatments, with products alone we have seen some very good improvements. But it is also essential to consider lifestyle patterns, for instance we know that acne is related to hormonal changes, so it is easy to understand why a teenager often gets acne. But in respect of adults, it is much more difficult to comprehend. It is always important to remember that genetics can be a big influence, but other factors such as stress, diet, sleep, contraception, pregnancies, menopause, and exercise can play a part. Stress can affect our hormone production and consequently we produce too much cortisol. Diet has been suggested for many years and certainly sugar can exacerbate acne and dairy products have been linked due to the hormone levels naturally occurring in this produce. Sleep is important as our skin repairs during the night-time and whilst exercise is generally very good for us and helps to minimise stress and acceleratecirculation therefore nourishment, over-exercise or intense levels of strength training can activate changes in our hormones. Considering all aspects of your lifestyle and implementing any changes you can make, looking for a balance in all aspects. will not only help your results considerably but also make the long-term risks of getting acne again less likely.
The majority of clients experience little more than slight reddening and possibly mild swelling, both of which usually disappear within hours up to a couple of days. Very rarely a small blister may form or temporary lightening or darkening of the skin appear.
For most clients a course of 8 to 12 treatments is recommended and following the course of treatments results are expected to last 1 to 2 years, however, we it is recommended that maintenance sessions are taken approximately once every 1-3 months. A treatment is advised once or twice a week.
In most cases there are very few side effects. Occasionally,although rarely,some clients may notice a slight redness of the skin which will not last any longer than 24 hours. Some people notice that they urinate a little more frequently following a treatment. But other than this there are no other reported side effects.
This will depend on what has been prescribed for you, but below gives you an indication of cost
Products £25- £60
Murad Blemish facial or aha £65 each (3-5 recommended)
Led Lights – £65 each (4-8 recommended)
Ipl – £45 – £120 each (4-6 recommended)