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Acne

Acne is a condition that is common in teenagers but can affect anyone at any age. It is a distressing skin concern that can cause social isolation and lack of confidence.

However it can usually be controlled and at Ministry of Skin we aim to understand why you specifically have acne, by providing a holistic approach and using this to tailor a regime that you understand and that works for you with ongoing guidance and support.

A great treatment for acne, acne scarring and discolouration is our signature laser therapy.

Acne is a skin condition that occurs when over productive oil glands become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. Acne most commonly appears on the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders. It can be distressing, painful, persistent and affect self-confidence.

There are many factors that influence skin and acne production. Exposure to internal and external influences can constantly vary throughout life and their interactions are complex and difficult to identify and control.

It is believed the primary cause of acne is a rise in androgen levels. Androgen is the name for a group of hormones that are often correlated with male features. An example is testosterone.
Androgen levels rise during adolescence or change with conditions such as polycystic ovarian disease. Rising androgen levels make the oil glands under your skin grow. The enlarged glands produce excess oil resulting in oily skin and open pores. Excessive oil / sebum can block the pores, which along with surface dead skin cells cause black heads to appear. The excess oil can also break down the cellular walls in your pores, leading to bacterial growth and pustules.

Acne is therefore a combination of:

  1. Hormones – influenced by age, environment and nutrition.
  2. Oil production.
  3. The condition of the surface layer of skin.
  4. Bacteria.
  5. Inflammation and internal health.
  6. Incorrect home skin care causing skin irritation or bacterial imbalances.
  7. Genetics.
  8. Medications.
  9. Diet – mainly Dairy and high glycemic foods

Our laser treatments work on the surface of the skin to clean out the pores, reduce oil production, exfoliate the skins surface, reduce bacteria, reduce inflammation, aid healing and treat scarring or pigmentation.

Due to acne’s multifactorial causes often the laser treatment is combined with other therapies at home or in the clinic. These include:

  • LED light
  • Skin Peels
  • Prescription Medications
  • At-Home Skin Care

At MOS we use a holistic approach to the treatment of acne and recommend you see our Functional Nutritionist as well as our Doctor or skin therapists to treat the condition inside and out.

It is worth remembering that acne care and control is an ongoing program that may continue for some years. One treatment will not be the solution. Good control involves a tailored program that you understand and feel you can stick to, whilst being supported by a professional who can adapt the plan as your skin changes. Acne skin can often be complex and a treatment started today may not show results for 2-3 months and then may require adaption in 3-6 months’ time.

The main issues we find with acne is an unrealistic time frame for results, causing patients to stop the plan too early, feeling it is not working and forgetting to have regular reviews of the plan as the skin changes.

However, hope exists and a tailored plan can give wonderful results.

Book an appointment online or call the clinic on 5261 6171 to arrange an appointment.

Book an appointment online or call the clinic on 5261 6171 to arrange an appointment.

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