ACNE

WHAT IS ACNE?

Acne is a skin condition that consists of comedones, papules, pustules, and cysts. Acne most commonly develops on areas of the body that contain a lot of sebaceous glands (oil) glands like the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders. Acne usually begins (and is most common) at puberty, but many adults also develop the condition.

Non-inflammatory Acne

Blackheads and whiteheads occur when a plug made up of sebum and dead skin cells can be seen inside a follicle but does not cause any inflammation or redness.

Blackheads: If the plug enlarges and stretches the pore, it is referred to as a blackhead. Blackheads aren’t trapped dirt. Rather, the dark color is a build-up of melanin and oxidized oil.
Whiteheads: When a thin cover of skin traps the plug, it prevents the oil from oxidizing. This keeps it white and creates a whitehead.

Inflammatory Acne

When follicles are blocked by sebum and skin cells, the follicular wall is under pressure. If the pressure is great enough, then the follicle wall will break and the contents will spread into the surrounding skin. When your immune system responds to this bacteria and sebum, inflammatory acne occurs. The degree of inflammation determines the size and redness of an acne lesion.

Papules: Pink or red bumps without a white or yellow centre.

Pustules: Red bumps with a white or yellow centre of pus. Pustules are formed when the plug inside a pore traps oil and bacteria, which draws white blood cells to the area to fight infection. Pus is made up of dead white blood cells.

Cysts and nodules: Larger (and often painful) acne lesions that extend into the deeper skin layers. Cysts and nodules can last for months, destroy the follicle and lead to permanent scars.

WHAT CAUSES ACNE?

1) Dead skin cells in the pores that are not shedding properly

2) Sebum is overproduced and blocks the pores, the sebum then builds up under the pore which feed P.acnes

3) Acne bacteria called P.acnes feeds on  sebum and causes inflammatory response

4) Acne can then cause post-inflammaory Scarring and discolouration on the skin

HOW CAN WE TREAT ACNE?

1) Exfoliate built up dead skin cells

2) Control sebum production

3) Reduce the amount of Acne bacteria P.acnes

4) Repair skin texture and tone

TREATMENT OPTIONS

To begin your skin journey with us, please book in for a 15 minute free consultation and skin analysis session. All of our acne treatments are bespoke to the individual and their skin needs as no one person is the same.