The causes of acne are multi-factorial and different for each person, and therefore the treatments used vary from person to person. Acne left untreated can lead to permanent scarring. The main modalities of treatment offered by Chique Laser Clinic are Acne Laser Treatments and medical grade skin treatments including skin care and chemical peels. Using appropriate mineral-make up and sunscreen can also help with acne.
There are a number of contributors to the formation of acne. Excess oil and sebum production exacerbated by hormonal influences on sebaceous glands, as well as dead skin physically blocking pores can cause acne. A bacterium named Propionibacterium acnes (p.acnes) has also been implicated as a cause of acne. All treatments for acne will address one or more of these issues
Acne can be treated in a number of ways. The first step in treating acne is usually appropriate skin care. A good cleanser is the first step in the treatment of acne. Exfoliants can also help. Exfoliants with beta-hydroxy acids have the advantage of having anti-inflammatory properties and are more oil soluble making them penetrate oily skin better than alpha-hydroxy acids. Active serums such as Synergie’s Priorty B, and A+ help create cellular change and help modulate celluar turnover and production of oil and sebum. Synergie has a range of skincare solutions for Acne.
Chemical peels exfoliate by using substances such as alpha-hydroxy acids (fruit acids) or beta-hydroxy acids. Beta-hydroxy acid peels, also known as salicylic acid peels, are a good option for those with acne as it helps reduce inflammation associated with the acne
Make-up is also implicated in the cause of acne. Foundations, even those claiming to be oil-free can physically block pores and cause acne. This often leads to a vicious cycle of applying make-up to cover acne lesions, and in turn this causes more acne, leading to the use of more make-up. Mineral make-up does not block pores, and instead sits on top of the skin. At Chique Laser Clinic, we recommend Synergie Mineral foundations as they have anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties as well as being a mineral make-up. Importantly, they also have a SPF factor to help prevent aging and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from acne lesions.
Laser therapy is also an option for those who have not achieved the results desired from skin care, or for those who are looking for a combined approach to their acne treatment to further enhance results.
The Gemini 1064nm wavelength targets acne by treating the sebaceous gland. The 1450nm wavelength penetrates to the level of the sebaceous glands, and preferentially heats them to help reduce their activity and therefore reduce active acne lesions.
The Gemini 532nm wavelength can also be used to treat acne. The 595nm wavelength targets the bacteria p.acnes to help reduce its numbers and reduce active acne as a resultSchedule an Appointment
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