Acne, what we call pimples, can be a painful and socially embarrassing skin situation. Comedones are the key feature of acne. Comedones are usually known as blackheads (open comedones) and whiteheads (closed comedones). Pustules, nodules and cysts can also happen and these can lead to scarring. While acne happens mostly in teenagers, it can also happen in infants, adults and sometimes even the elderly. The most common type of acne suffered by teenagers and young adults is called acne vulgaris. In most patients, acne vulgaris generally resolves without treatment by the time people hit their late 20s or early 30s. However, acne can often lead to scarring which can be difficult and costly to treat. If you notice scarring develop on your skin as a result of acne, see your dermatologist as soon as possible to receive appropriate treatment. Acne treatments offered will vary depending on numerous factors, which is why it is essential that your skin to be assessed in context of your medical history and skin type.

Acne Treatment

Acne is a very general skin condition, and dermatologists are the experts in all the treatment options available.

We understand it is often distressing and can have an effect on your mood and social interactions – our aim is always to give you the best improvement possible in a safe manner. Although acne is most common in adolescents, it can affect all people of all ages.

We treat all types of acne including:

  • Resistant or scarring cases of acne
  • Hormonal Acne
  • Acne Scarring
  • Childhood Acne
  • Teenage Acne
  • Adult Acne

What cause acne?

Acne happens due to blockage of the pilosebaceous unit. Some people are particularly sensitive to naturally circulating hormones called androgens. These hormones cause an enlarge in oil production, which encourages bacteria to grow. When this combines with a blockage in the duct – a pimple forms.

We ensure that all aspects of this procedure are treated – including oil production, hormones (in women), bacteria and preventing blockage resulting in the best clearance of acne.

What is acne scarring?

Acne can lead to scarring, a permanent textural change to your skin. Picking at pimples can sometimes lead to more inflammation inducing more scarring. When a pimple clears up, it often leaves a change in color, which can be redness or, in darker skinned individuals, pigmentation may enlarge leading to a darker brown appearance. These color changes eventually fade away, but can take anywhere between six months to five years. Acne scarring reason a textural change in the skin and is classified into five main types including ice pick, rolling, boxcar, keloidal (and hypertrophic) and atrophic scars.

While lasers and energy-based devices are useful options to help with acne scarring, to get the best results a combination of treatments over a period of time is generally necessary. Additional techniques include TCA Cross, subcision, volumising injections and other surgical methods such as punch excision and elevation.