Acne is the commonest skin disorder in existence, it’s a spectrum of various lesions developing due to increased sebum production causing the follicle to swell up with the excess oil. Added to this, the clogged hair follicle can become inflamed and irritated when a normal skin bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes (or P Acnes), starts multiplying rapidly in the clogged hair follicle. Nodules associated with severe cases of acne (cystic acne) are firm swellings below the skin’s surface that become inflamed, tender, and sometimes infected. Acne lesions are most common on the face, but they can also occur on the neck, chest, back, shoulders, and upper arms.
Although acne remains largely a curse of adolescence, about 20% of all cases occur in adults. Acne commonly starts during puberty between the ages of 10 and 13 and tends to be worse in people with oily skin. Teenage acne usually lasts for five to 10 years, normally going away during the early 20s. It occurs in both sexes, although teenage boys tend to have the most severe cases. Women are more likely than men to have mild to moderate forms into their 30s and beyond.
What does acne look like?
What are the treatment options?
- Chemical peels, specific for your skin condition and severity to improve active lesions, blemishes, superficial scars, and textural irregularities
- Lightening laser can be used in conjunction to improve post-acne pigmentation and blemishes
- Laser resurfacing for acne pits and scars to render a silky smooth even-textured skin
- Mediclean ups, done by a skillful and trained therapist