SKIN & ACNE
Acne is a very common skin problem, particularly amongst adolescents and young adults. It is a painful condition that usually appears on the face, neck, chest and back and can cause embarrassment to the sufferer, resulting in a loss of self-esteem and personal confidence. At Medical Lasers our experienced Dermatologists and Dermal Therapists can treat this condition with medication, Acne Laser Treatment and specialised skin products.
What Causes Acne?
Acne is an inflammatory skin condition affecting the sebaceous glands in the skin. Hormonal changes are believed to cause an increase in the size and sebum output in the skin follicles. Propionibacterium acnes (P. Acnes bacteria) thrive on the sebum in the blocked follicles and multiply. The body’s natural immune system can become resistant to the P. Acnes bacteria and if left untreated the scarring can be severe and permanent. Stress or emotional tension can also aggravate the condition so it is important to intervene and seek treatment to reduce or eliminate permanent scarring. Hormonal changes related to pregnancy or birth control pills may also contribute to acne.
How Can Acne Be Treated?
At Medical Lasers your acne can be successfully treated with a combination of specialised laser treatments and products on recommendation from one of our experienced Dermatologists and or Dermal Therapists. Appropriate skin care is the first step to successfully treating acne. During your initial consult the technician will discuss your concerns, assess your skin condition and devise an individual program for your needs. A typical Medical Lasers acne treatment program may consist of one or more of the following:
Deep medi-cleansing and/or medical strength skin peels to reduce pore enlargement and blockage of the sebaceous glands. This will assist in decreasing breakouts and inflammation by removing sebum build-up that P. Acnes bacteria thrive on.
1. ClearLight™ therapeutic light can be used on its own or in conjunction with recommended products. Using Acne PhotoClearing (APC™) technology the ClearLight ™ targets sebaceous activity to effectively destroy P. Acnes bacteria. ClearLight™ acne therapy is an excellent alternative to acne medications.
2. Smoothbeam™ Laser Treatment. The Smoothbeam™ is a specific laser designed to target and reduce sebaceous activity. It compliments topical acne treatments and is an excellent alternative to acne medications.
3. A personalised cleansing and skin-care regime for use at home between clinical treatments.
Will The Acne Return After Treatment?
Prolonged clearance of acne is common but there is no guarantee the acne clearance will be permanent. Other sites may become active and follow-up treatment may be required. Acne Laser Treatment can be used in conjunction with most other acne medications. Acne Laser Treatment is not designed to treat scarring from previous acne, although this can be addressed within Medical Lasers clinic.
Can I Treat Existing Scarring?
We recommend EMatrix RF (radio frequency) treatment to assist in acne scar reduction. Treatment is safe and effective for most skin types.
Sunscreen and Make Up
Daily application of sunscreen is very important for all skin types to prevent against sun-damage and inflammation of existing skin conditions.
Although make-up does not cause acne, it can most certainly exacerbate the condition. Foundations that claim to be oil free can physically block pores and cause further inflammation and this can lead to a cycle of infection as the acne sufferer attempts to cover up the redness and inflammation caused by the acne.
At Medical Lasers we use and recommend mineral based foundations. This will help achieve, maintain, restore beautiful skin and provide a healthy even tone. Mineral foundation has the added advantage of SPF15 environmental protection.
ASPECT DR ™SKIN CARE
Aspect Dr ™was formulated for the professional medical environment with the need for pure, clinically validated actives that excel in the visible management of prematurely aged skin, discolourations, imperfections and temperamental or delicate skins.
Aspect Dr ™ is:
Free of propylene glycol.
Free of mineral oil and petrolatum.
Free of parabens.
Free of artificial fragrances.
Free of animal derived ingredients.
Free of SLS and other harsh surfactants.
Never tested on animals.