Acne is a common chronic skin condition characterised by pimples on the face, chest and back. This occurs when the pores of the skin become clogged with excess oils, dirt and bacteria and in turn become inflamed or infected. This inflammation can even cause tissue damage that may lead to scarring as well as hyperpigmentation.

Acne & Acne Scarring

Acne is one of the harsh realities of skin care. Most people struggle with acne at some point in their life.

What is acne? Acne is a common chronic skin condition characterised by pimples on the face, chest and back. This occurs when the pores of the skin become clogged with excess oils, dirt and bacteria and in turn become inflamed or infected.

This inflammation can even cause tissue damage that may lead to scarring as well as hyperpigmentation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Causes Acne?

Acne occurs when excess oil production traps dead skin cells in skin pores, clogging the pore. When these clogged pores become infected with bacteria naturally occurring on the skin (Cutibacterium acnes). Infected pores can become inflamed, red, and painful.

Acne usually appears on your face, forehead, chest, upper back or shoulders. The reason for this is because these areas of the skin have the most oil glands which are connected to your hair follicles.

The factors that trigger acne are natural parts of every human body, however, there are certain elements that can worsen or aggravate acne. Those triggers are:

  • Hormonal changes – During puberty, androgen hormones increase in both boys and girls. This causes the sebaceous glands to enlarge and make more sebum. Adults are not immune as hormonal imbalances throughout your life can also trigger acne. This is especially true for women who have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or who are going through menopause.
  • Various medications – Medicine that contains corticosteroids, testosterone or lithium can worsen acne breakouts.
  • Certain foods – There is evidence to suggest that certain food groups negatively affect breakouts. These food groups include, fast food (obviously), carbohydrate-rich foods (think bread), certain dairy products and some sweets. A bad diet then can negatively affect your skin’s health.
  • Stress – Due to changes in hormones, such as cortisol, being stressed can trigger extra oil production and a resulting acne flare up.

What Causes Acne Scarring?

Acne scars are usually the result of the skin failing to repair lesions on the skin caused by various types of acne (inflammatory types of acne are most likely to cause scars) . This can happen when there is a deep break in the wall of a pore. The infected material can spill out into the surrounding tissue, making a deeper lesion. The skin attempts to repair these lesions by forming new collagen fibers, but when a lesion is too deep these repairs aren’t as smooth as the original skin, resulting in scarring.

What Does Acne Look Like?

There are many different types of acne, here are the 6 most common forms of acne:

Whiteheads

Whiteheads occur when pores are clogged all the way through and are also known as comedones. When the length of the pore and the head of the pore are closed, a little white bump appears on top of the skin, thus the name whitehead.

Whiteheads can’t be removed by squeezing or popping them. This could instead cause scarring, so try to avoid the desire to squeeze them.

Blackheads

Blackheads are also known as comedones, the difference between a blackhead and a whitehead is their colour on the surface of the skin. Unlike a closed whitehead pore, a blackhead is black in colour and the clogged pore is open at the head of the pore. The open pore allows the build up of oil and dead skin cells in the pore to oxidise giving it it’s black colour. You can get rid of blackheads by squeezing, but preferrably by a professional Skincare Specialist as doing this incorrectly can lead to acne scarring.

Papules

When oil or excess skin cells block a pore and mix with bacteria on your skin, the contents spill out which results in bacteria escaping onto the surrounding skin tissue (rather than the skin surface) causing an inflamed lesion. That inflamed lesion is a papule. Interestingly papules don’t contain any pus.

Pustules

Pustules are similar to papules, except they contain pus. They are small red inflamed bumps with a white or yellow centre. Typically found in clusters, pustules form when a blocked pore gets infected by Cuti bacterium acne bacteria. Do not try to squeeze it, this may cause bacteria to spread. It is only safe for your doctor / Skincare Specialist to drain your pustules.

Nodules

Nodular acne consists of hard, flesh-coloured/red bumps deep under the skin’s surface. It is typically a result of Cutibacterium acnes bacteria causing an infection deep within a pore and can last for several months.

Cysts

Acne cysts are large, red, inflamed and pus-filled bumps on the skin. Like nodules, they are also the result of an infection deep in the skin, however, cysts are softer than nodules because of the pus inside. Cysts are extremely painful and can burst and infect the surrounding skin. This type of acne can last for years and if left untreated can cause severe scarring.

What Are The Best Treatments For Acne?

There is no one best treatment for acne, but acne and acne scarring can be treated very successfully, if done by an experienced professional in a controlled and environment after a comprehensive consultation.

The approach the treatment of acne and acne scarring will however depend on the severity of the acne and acne scarring,.

The following acne treatments and acne scarring treatments have delivered excellent results:

3D MD PRP (aka Dr Vampire)

Our 3D PRP MD bespoke treatment, formally known as the Dr Vampire, utilises the powerful regenerative effects that our own platelet containing growth factors have on stimulating collagen, elastin and Hyaluronic Acid within our skins, reversing the signs of acne and acne scarring by transforming it into a healthy radiant and more youthful looking skin. 

Acnelan Peel

The Acnelan Peel offers an intensive treatment designed for the medical professional to treat acne-prone and seborrheic skin by deep cleansing blocked pores, effectively removing impurities and improving the overall skin texture and tone.

3D Medical Skin Needling

Medical skin needling is one of the most popular, non-surgical treatments for skin rejuvenation. With our signature 3D Medical Skin Needling treatment, the combination of 3 individual treatments into one treatment session ensures that we target all the origins of ageing for a healthier more youthful skin. These 3 treatments include: Micro-needling with the diffusion of a medical grade active ingredient for the treatment of acne, followed by a specialised mask using Dual Electro Sonic Technology.

Medical Facials

Medical facials use medical grade ingredients to target your specific skin concerns, such as the treatment of acne. Our facials are result orientated and tailor made to suit your skin’s individual needs. Regular medical facials are ideal for deep cleaning of the pores and maintaining a clean, healthy skin.

See the full list of suggested acne treatments and acne scarring treatments below!

What Are The Best Treatments For Acne Scarring?

There is no one best treatment for acne, but acne and acne scarring can be treated very successfully, if done by an experienced professional in a controlled and environment after a comprehensive consultation.

The approach the treatment of acne and acne scarring will however depend on the severity of the acne and acne scarring,.

The following acne treatments and acne scarring treatments have delivered excellent results:

Morpheus8™

Morpheus8™ is non-surgical advanced technology combining the power of radio-frequency energy with adjustable depth micro-needling as well as fractional laser treatments to effectively stimulate collagen production to create a more even skin texture, a world class acne scarring treatment.

3D MD PRP (aka Dr Vampire)

Our 3D PRP MD bespoke treatment, formally known as the Dr Vampire, utilises the powerful regenerative effects that our own platelet containing growth factors have on stimulating collagen, elastin and Hyaluronic Acid within our skins, reversing the signs of acne and acne scarring by transforming it into a healthy radiant and more youthful looking skin.

3D Medical Skin Needling

Medical skin needling is one of the most popular, non-surgical treatments for skin rejuvenation. With our signature 3D Medical Skin Needling treatment, the combination of 3 individual treatments into one treatment session ensures that we target all the origins of ageing for a healthier more youthful skin. These 3 treatments include: Micro-needling with the diffusion of a medical grade active ingredient for the treatment of acne and acne scarring, followed by a specialised mask using Dual Electro Sonic Technology.

See the full list of suggested acne treatments and acne scarring treatments below!

How Do I Choose The Best Acne Treatment For Me?

Always start with a professional consultation with qualified and experienced specialists for an in-depth analysis of your skin and to reach a good understanding of your skincare concerns and goals.

Our unique and comprehensive aesthetic couture consultation is available for you to discuss and analyse your concerns and goals and for our team of specialists to provide bespoke advice, recommendations and treatment/home care plans for your acne and acne scarring

Schedule your aesthetic couture consultation today! 

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Treatments

Acnelan Peel

The Acnelan Peel offers an intensive treatment designed for the medical professional to treat acne-prone and seborrheic skin by deep cleansing blocked pores, effectively removing impurities and improving the overall skin texture and tone.
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Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels improve the texture of your skin through the application of a chemical agent which promotes the growth of new skin cells. This causes regeneration of the tissue, resulting in firmer, smoother skin and fresh-faced glow.
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3D Medical Skin Needling

This unique 3D micro-needling experience offers the combination of 3 individual treatments into one treatment session ensures that we target all the origins of ageing for a healthier more youthful skin
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3D MD PRP (aka Dr Vampire)

Our 3D PRP MD bespoke treatment, formally known as the Dr Vampire, utilises the powerful regenerative effects that our own platelet containing growth factors have on stimulating collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid within our skins, transforming it into a healthy radiant and more youthful looking skin.
View Treatment

Medical Facials

Medical facials are a great way for your skincare professional to get to know your skin before deciding on a more intensive course.
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Morpheus8

Morpheus8™ is a fractional rejuvenation and resurfacing treatment that reduces wrinkles to slow the effects of ageing and restore skin to its youthful appearance. Morpheus8™ lets you look and feel younger.
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