One of the most debilitating skin conditions we treat at our MediSpa is acne. Yet one the one thing many of our patients who suffer from acne breakouts all have in common is that they have used the same skincare routine for the past decade.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR SKIN
Having healthy skin is a sign of good living, yet many health-conscious adults suffer from acne. What we identified at our clinic was that many of our patients relied on the support of unsuitable home-care products which only aggravated the outbreaks and condition of their skin.
So how do you reverse the effects with the right skin-care solutions? Understanding the changes in your skin is the first step to recovery.
There are many different forms of acne and causes for each breakout. The most common are skin-coloured comedones; the small papules [bumps] often found on the face. Chief among them is the single lesions called comedos, or more commonly known as blackheads which form as a result of surface pigment [melanin]. Then there are the closed comedones known as whiteheads. This is where a clogged pore hides the follicles and gives an appearance of tiny, inflamed skin-toned bumps.
The first thing our Senior Dermal Therapist, Michele Hetherington will assess is the type of inflammation that’s present in your skin along with the frequency of each breakout. A home care regime will be devised according to the respective grade of acne.
SO WHAT GRADE ARE YOU?
The mildest form of acne we often treat is categorised as Grade 1. The outbreak presents with minor pustules, small comedones and seborrhoea – oily skin produced by overactive sebaceous glands. Mostly present in adolescents and young adults, the acne often appears on the T-Zone of the face [the forehead, chin and the nose].
Our MediSpa offers Teen Clean and Budding Beauty Acne Cleansing treatments that help regulate the comemdone cycle through medical-grade peels that contain exfoliating and hydrating properties.
To ensure the best results, we will treat your skin every two weeks over a two month period, which should progress to bi-yearly treatments, depending on the grade and severity of the acne.
But there’s no escaping acne if the breakout is left untreated. The condition will worsen and spread with more intensity to other areas of the face, chest and back. In the same way, the frequency of breakouts will become more regular.
For more severe cases of nodulocystic acne or conglobate acne [which is characterised by puss-filled maxrocomedones and cysts], Dr Chang may prescribe oral antibiotics or intralesional steroids to inhibit the growth of bacteria and reduce the sebum production and inflammation properties.
These steps are necessary before we commence with any skin treatment. If aggressive acne remains untreated, the multiple nodules could lead to facial scarring.
Michele will also recommend a medical-grade skin regime for the home to address the acne and cleanse the skin.
Above: Dr Chang performing a BBL treatment on Jane.
HOW DOES BROADBAND LIGHT [BBL™] WORK AS AN ACNE TREATMENT?
The best therapy that takes you beyond most skin treatments is Sciton’s BroadBand Light [BBL™], which we recommend for optimum effect.
As a powerful IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) device, the advanced technology delivers wavelengths of targeted light energy deep into the skin. Through the use of three different filters, the blue-light spectrum targets p-acne bacteria on the surface and in the pores of the sebaceous gland. The second filter of yellow light is used to reduce inflammation and deeper acne lesions. A third filter using infrared light in rapid but gentle pulses is used to minimise sebaceous gland activity. In turn, the various wavelengths of light will trigger the skin’s natural healing process and begin to rejuvenate your skin.
During the session, you may feel some level of heat from the pulses of light or a sensation similar to being lightly snapped by a rubber band. A topical anaesthetic cream can be applied to minimise the discomfort.
You may experience mild yet associated inflammation for up to 1-2 days following the treatment. Michele will also customise a skincare plan including a series of recommended follow-up treatments.
With so many competing skin care products to choose from, we aim to inform our patients about the benefits of using the premier cosmeceuticals, which are available at our Medispa.
Please view our blog on rebuilding and maintaining your natural skin barriers — a pathway to healthy-looking skin.
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