It is estimated that nearly 90% of us experience acne at some point in our lives. Whether it is mild or severe and persistent, it can have a substantial impact on our lives.
Although acne is most often associated with teenagers it is on the increase in adults, many finding that their skin can develop acneic symptoms later on in life even if they were not present when they were younger.
All types of acne – blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and cysts – can effect anyone at anytime.
The medical term for acne is acne vulgaris, and there are three main causal factors:
- The over production of oil (sebum)
- The irregular loss of dead skin cells
- The build up of bacteria
Inflamed and infected pores can appear anywhere on the face, neck, back and body and can result in bad scarring.
Traditional treatments have a variety of side effects and sometimes require months to work, if indeed they work at all. Topical creams and lotions have been known to cause redness and irritation, oral antibiotics can cause stomach upset and light sensitivity.
Recommended acne treatments include:
- MPL Laser treatment
- LED light therapy
- Skin Resurfacers
- Home care products
Q: Can my teenager receive treatment for acne?
A: Yes. Teens under 18 need permission from a guardian to have treatments.
Q: Do the treatments hurt?
A: There are a range of different therapies available but none of the treatments cause pain, some may be a little uncomfortable as acneic skin is already inflamed and can be sensitive.