Acne and Acne Scarring

Acne is a common skin disease that affects many people at some point during their lives. It can be caused by a number of factors, including hormonal changes, excess oil and sebum production or even the cosmetics that you use.

Why do I have acne?

Menstrual cycles, the menopause and puberty can all cause acne. During puberty the sex hormones increase which causes the follicular glands to grow and produce more sebum. Acne due to hormones usually appears on the chin and can last for weeks at a time. This type of acne (acne vulgaris) is rare among adults although if it does occur it is usually with severity. Acne vulgaris in women may be a symptom of pregnancy, polycystic ovary syndrome or Cushing’s syndrome, whilst acne due to the menopause (acne climacterica) happens when testosterone production is greater than estradiol and progesterone (natural acne combatant hormones) production.

Studies show that your genes can play a part in whether or not you suffer from acne.

Although acne as a symptom of stress has been much argued, scientific studies point to a connection between an increase in acne when stress levels are higher. Understandably the acne-stress cycle can be hard to break: stress causes acne - and more acne causes more stress.

Research has not yet proved a direct correlation between acne and a poor diet but naturally if you are acne prone, eating greasy or fatty foods will be doing more harm than good to your complexion. Milk can also have a negative effect on acne and tests have shown that there is a link between obesity and acne too.

How can laser treatment help me?

Developments in laser technology have led to a breakthrough in the treatment of acne and acne scarring. The laser penetrates the skin without causing injury and thermally affects the sebaceous glands - often responsible for causing acne. For mild to moderate acne a single treatment is sufficient to suppress acne for up to three months or more. For severe acne more frequent treatments are required with continuous improvement being seen over the following months.

Lasers have been used for years to treat acne scars. The laser removes micron-thin layers of skin and unlike chemical peels and dermabrasion, allows the physician to precisely control the depth at which skin is removed. This enables the treatment to be as mild or aggressive as required. The laser gently vaporizes the acne-scarred surface of the skin so that within days undamaged, young, healthy-looking skin can be formed.

Perth Skin & Laser’s acne treatment provides a solution to the problem of acne. Our precisely controlled, high powered Fotona Nd:YAG laser light safely penetrates the skin to effectively target overactive sebaceous glands and to reduce the risk of developing new acne inflammation. The laser also accelerates the healing process and stimulates collagen remodeling; an important step in the long-term treatment of acne.

To improve the appearance of acne scars we offer laser treatment based on a precise and gentle skin resurfacing procedure in which a Fotona Er:YAG laser beam is absorbed by the top micro-layers of the skin to vaporize scarred tissue and stimulate the production of new collagen in the dermis. The Er:YAG laser safely and effectively provides the minimal penetration depth required for light resurfacing of acne-scarred skin, improving skin texture and tone.

How long will it take until I can see a difference in my skin?

It differs from person to person but most patients notice a difference in the first few weeks after seeking treatment. Be aware that it can take longer than 28 days for your skin cells to replenish themselves and that achieving balanced skin takes time and discipline.

Caring for your skin

You need to get into a regular routine when it comes to caring for your new, improved skin. Here are some pointers:

  • Cleanse your skin twice a day to get rid of the excess oil and cell debris that block your pores. If you exercise you should also cleanse after working out.
  • Try not to touch or squeeze spots. It’s tempting, but this can lead to permanent scarring, plus dirt from your nails and fingers will only exacerbate the issue. If you have long hair or a fringe, keep it tied or clipped back.
  • Wash face towels, pillowcases, and if you use cosmetics, makeup applicators on a weekly basis. This minimizes the spread of bacteria.

What do I do now?

At Perth Skin & Laser we provide safe, effective, state-of-the-art acne and acne scarring treatments. After an initial consultation, our qualified medical practitioners will develop an individually tailored treatment plan that suits you perfectly.