Acne is a common skin condition that occurs when the hair follicles in your skin become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. This leads to the formation of pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and cysts on the skin. Acne can affect people of all ages, but it is most common in teenagers and young adults.
Acne can be caused by a variety of factors, including hormonal changes, genetics, and lifestyle factors such as diet and stress. The severity of acne can vary from mild to severe, and it can have a significant impact on a person’s self-esteem and quality of life.
Treatment for acne depends on the severity of the condition. Mild acne can often be treated with topical medications, such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and retinoids. These medications work by unclogging pores and reducing inflammation. Other treatments can include light therapy using either Dermalux or IPL.
For more severe acne, prescription medications may be necessary. These can include topical or oral antibiotics, hormonal treatments, and isotretinoin. Isotretinoin is a powerful medication that is only used in severe cases of acne and can have significant side effects, so it should only be used under the close supervision of a dermatologist. We recommend for more severe acne seek the assistance of Dr Joey Lai Cheong.
In addition to medication, there are also a number of lifestyle changes that can help to prevent and manage acne. These include avoiding oily or greasy cosmetics and hair products, washing your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser, avoiding picking or squeezing pimples, and maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine.
Overall, the treatment of acne is a complex process that depends on the individual case. If you would like to better understand acne then why not arrange a consultation with one of our aesthetic practitioners who can assess your skin, lifestyle and to prepare a personalised treatment plan.