What is Acne?
Acne is caused when hair follicles in the skin become blocked by the production of too much oil (sebum), as well as dead skin cells. This blockage can present in the form of a blackhead (open pore), whitehead (closed pore) or yellow pus-filled sacs which can be painful. Bacteria multiply and feed on the sebum. Acne, although not dangerous, can be unsightly and may leave scarring. Typical areas are the face, chest and back. Acne can occur anytime in life, but usually at puberty and times of hormonal imbalance. Smoking and genetics also may have a role to play.
How can we treat acne?
The best treatments inhibit sebum production, limit bacterial growth and encourage shedding of skin cells to unclog pores. Because many therapies can have side effects, patients with acne should proceed with caution when trying a new treatment.
Acne busting treatments:
1. Retinoids – skin shedders to prevent blocked pores
2. Topical antibiotics – to kill bacteria (only necessary if pus is present)
3. Benzoyl Peroxide – antibacterial
4. Salicylic acid – exfoliates the pore
5. Antibiotic tablets
6. The oral contrecetptive pill – may regulate hormones
Other treatments to consider:
This treatment, using the Plasma BT machine, penetrates the skin to eradicate 99.9% of bacteria in the form of heat energy.
These increase cell turnover, treat open pores and oily skin. Along with skincare products which have anti-bacterial, exfoliating, anti-inflammatory, soothing, antioxidant and reducing pore size properties. This can be a fantastic option for treatment without any prescription drugs. Skincare can balance the pH of the skin. Commitment to using the recommended products is essential.
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