Acne is the skin condition most commonly seen by doctors. It is very prevalent in teenagers, but can affect people of all ages at some point in their lives. Acne often starts around puberty and may last 5 to 10 years, or even persist into adulthood.
Makeup and hair care products can contribute to clogged pores. When shopping for these products, look for labels with acne-friendly terms such as ‘oil-free,’ ‘non-comedogenic’ or ‘non-acnegenic.’
Pressure due to a chinstrap, phone receiver, sports helmet, headband, guitar strap, bra strap, shoulder pads and other restrictive items of clothing can lead to acne developing at the point of skin contact.
There are many effective treatments available, but acne can be stubborn and difficult to treat. If you suffer from acne, you may feel that it is very slow to heal, and as soon as the pimples and lesions disappear, others begin to form.
Severe acne can cause emotional distress for many people. It can also lead to scarring. The earlier you start treatment, the lower your risk of enduring these problems, but what matters most is that you do seek treatment at any time of life.
Effective acne treatments reduce overproduction of oil, speed up skin cell turnover, fight bacterial infection and reduce inflammation — all of which can help prevent scarring. Progress can seem slow, however, since most acne treatments take 4 to 8 weeks before results become visible, and your skin may get worse temporarily before it gets better.
Prescription-strength acne treatments can include topical formulations, such as antibiotics, retinoids (vitamin A derivatives), benzoyl peroxide, anti-inflammatory medications (e.g. dapsone and azelaic acid) and their fixed dose combinations. Oral (systemic) medication can include antibiotics, retinoids or hormonal agents (i.e. birth control pills, spironolactone).
The following therapies may be suggested in specific cases, either alone or in combination with prescription medications:.
Vita Cosmetic and Laser Clinic offers a wide variety of acne therapies and skin products including Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy, Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion, Microneedling. For more information about our products and services, please contact us to book a free consultation.
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