How to treat acne?
Acne is a common chronic skin disease. Approximately eight out of 10 people will have to deal with it at some point in their life. It is most common during puberty but can continue or even develop in adults.
Depending on their severity, acne can be classified into different forms:
- Mild acne: commonly seen as whiteheads or blackheads
- Moderate acne: white centred red pimples called pustules and inflamed red pimples called papules
- Severe acne: painful cysts filled with pus, commonly referred to as nodules
What causes acne?
There are 3 main reasons why we develop acne –
- Excess production of oil in our skin
- Overgrowth and plugging of our pores
- Bacteria growing in the trapped pores and surrounding inflammation.
Does food affect acne?
There is no clear evidence to suggest that acne is caused by eating greasy foods BUT there are studies which show that a diet high in protein and low in refined carbohydrates (sugar and junk food) can reduce acne by more than 50%!! A high carbohydrate diet encouraged the body to produce excess hormones which makes the skin thicker and drier resulting in clogged pores. It also increases the male hormones triggering off excess oil production
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Why treat acne?
Acne scars develop when there is significant inflammation, however some patients with mild acne can also scar. Squeezing or picking acne can increase the risk of scars developing. Types of Acne Scars
- Having a gradual depression (rolling scars)
- Deep and narrow (ice pick)
- Depression with a sharp border (boxcar)
- Thickened and inflamed (hypertrophic or keloid)
- Dark pigmentation (not true scarring; slowly heals without treatment)
- Pink or red regions (not true scarring; slowly heals without treatment)
Acne Clinic Adelaide Treatments
Our trained therapist and Registered nurses are experienced in assessing different types of acne and can provide advice about skin care and available treatments. We utilize treatments such as prescription medications both oral and topical, fruit acid peels and a Biophotonic light and gel treatment to ensure that acne and acne scarring can be treated safely and effectively with minimal scarring.
Once your skin has been assessed, you can then be “fast tracked” to a consultation with our specialist Dermatologist if further medical treatment is recommended
A valid referral from a GP is not required, however is encouraged to receive a medicare rebate. Call us directly on 08 8347 1144 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking into our Acne clinic.