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Is acne damaging your skin?

Published on December 8, 2014 by

Acne tends to be associated with teenagers, particularly boys as youngsters experience the hormonal changes associated with puberty. It’s not unusual for the older generation to refer to young men as ‘spotty youths’, but it’s not just teenagers that suffer from acne, adults get it too.

There are two challenges that come with acne – firstly, dealing with it while you have it – and it can be persistent, not to mention unattractive, as the skin erupts into angry spots. Then there are the scars that are often left behind as evidence, in extreme cases giving the skin a mottled and potted look.

If you have acne …

Your first action should be to treat it. If over the counter remedies don’t make a difference and you have a persistent outbreak then do visit your GP. There are several options for treatment and your doctor will examine you and prescribe medication that best suits you.

If you find that prescribed medication doesn’t work there isn’t much that the NHS can offer – but there are other options.

  • Skin peels get rid of the toxins and remove the dead and some of the infected tissues.
  • Microdermabrasion clears out the blocked pores and, as acne is usually related to oily skin, allows the skin to breathe and eruptions to heal cleanly
  • Phototherapy using blue or red light to reduce the skin’s redness and act in a similar way to sunlight in giving the skin a healthy boost (there is a portable home blue light system too)
  • Intense pulsed light (IPL) is an excellent way to reduce the redness and encourage healing
  • Isotretinoin cream as part of a combined treatment
  • Smartxide DOT laser therapy to encourage the skin to generate new cells, kill any bacteria that cause reinfection and reduce the scar tissue to give a clearer looking skin.

Everyone is unique and these are all options. Generally our medical team will examine you and then create a treatment programme that may include one or more of these treatments.

What about acne scars?

If you’ve recovered from acne or had it a long time ago, but still carry the acne scars then there are ways to reduce the appearance of these marks.

It depends on the severity of the scars, but most people in most cases the scar tissue can be treated so it is much less prominent and, in many cases, virtually disappears.

Treatments target your natural collagen and fade the pigmentation that reduces any red marks. These can include:

  • Collagen Induction Therapy – also sometimes called ‘microneedling’, where micro-medical skin needles stimulate your skin to regenerate with healthy tissue.
  • SmartXide DOT Laser to fade scar tissue and regenerate your collagen activity.

As you can see there is a life after acne, whether you are suffering with an outbreak right now, or you’ve been left with unsightly acne scars from a previous attack.

The moral of this story is to take action. Don’t just put up with acne or acne scarring – get help.

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