What is acne & how to treat it

Acne can be unsightly and even painful. There are various treatment options available for you…

diagram of acne types

Acne occurs when hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells and oil produced from the skin. It is not a serious health concern however, in severe cases if left untreated it may cause unsightly scars and untreated areas can also become very inflamed and uncomfortable.

Acne presents in different forms such as pustules, papules, cysts, comedones, nodules and whiteheads. Most acne occurs on the face, back, chest and top of shoulders.

Acne is commonly a skin issue affecting teens and young adolescents; however it can affect anyone at some point in their lives.

The exact causes of acne are unknown, however it is believed that genetics could play a part in acne along with changes in hormone levels, bacterial outbreak and also some forms of medications.

Treating Acne

Taking care of your skin will help reduce and control outbreaks of acne depending on its severity. Acne can be treated in many different forms of over the counter topical creams and medications to control the outbreak. Though not proven, possibly a change in diet, such a lowering your sugar intake may be beneficial.

  • If acne is severe please consider visiting a Doctor to be assessed. There are various treatments available for application on skin to the affected area. Treatment may include prescribed antibiotics, retinoid formulations or in female patients the prescription of birth control pill. In very extreme cases the prescription of Isotretinoin tablets (Roaccutane) may be recommended.
  • Laser and light therapies also may be beneficial in the treatment of acne, including the Kleresca BioPhotonic acne treatment.

How to treat acne at home:

  • Do not touch and squeeze spots and pimples as this may lead to infection and makes things worse
  • A good skin care routine will help balance your skin which will help prevent further future outbreaks.
  • Gently clean your skin when washing your face rather than rubbing and also pat dry your skin.
  • For make-up users we always recommend you taking off the make-up prior to going to bed with a ph balanced make up remover. This will help to keep your pores unclogged.
  • Avoid hair products to come in contact with your face
  • We recommend the use of skin moisturisers, sun screen lotion and make up during the day. These should be applied after your acne skin care routine. At night after your skin care and acne care routine we still recommend the use of a skin moisturiser.
  • When shaving we recommend wetting hairs first to soften them. The use of a sharp razor and shaving crème for sensitive skin is recommended. Apply light pressure only and be careful around pimples and sore inflamed areas.

table of acne severity

At OoLaLa Cosmetic Laser Clinic we can help you with all your acne issues. You can start with a complimentary consultation with one of our therapists to see what treatments could work for you. In severe cases you may also the assessed by our experienced Cosmetic doctor.