Acne is the most common of all skin conditions and affects approximately 80% of the population at some point in our lives. Adolescence is the most common time to experience acne as during this time there is an increase in the levels of hormones, which stimulate the oil glands to enlarge, increasing sebum production (oil) and increasing the likelihood of acne. While many of those affected by acne are able to control it with over the counter treatments, for some whose acne is more advanced, help from a Dermatologist is required.

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Acne occurs when oil and dead skin cells become trapped within the enlarged oil glands, creating a plug. This plug of dead cells and oil is called a comedone. A comedone turns into acne when it becomes inflamed, which happens due to bacteria that lives in the skin.

Other factors that can cause acne include:

  • The wrong skincare products

  • Emotional stress

  • Medications

  • Dietary factors

  • Hormonal disorders

  • Genetics

Treatment options

The aim of treating acne is to break the chain of events that lead to the inflammation stage. Depending on the severity of your condition, the treatment of acne has different starting points and can include:

  • Appropriate skincare

  • Medi Peels

  • Microhydrabrasion

  • Lifestyle/dietary advice

  • Photodynamic Therapy

  • Oral and topical medications