24th April 2021
Answer: Hi Caroline,
Thank you for your question about treatments for acne. I'm really sorry to hear that your daughter has been suffering this last year. I hope the following information helps.
Acne can be caused by many factors, including bacteria, inflammation, dietary issues, hormonal imbalances, increased sebum output, and hyperkeratinisation (skin cells shed too much and block pores). Clinic treatments can be very helpful, but they are usually only part of the solution. Dorset Aesthetics offers patients holistic treatment advice, which takes into consideration lifestyle, diet and gut health, skincare products and routine, home treatments and mental well-being to offer a multi-faceted approach to treatment planning to give the best results.
In terms of treatments, I find regular superficial peels with hydroxy-acids work well in treating and preventing acne. They offer a chemical exfoliation together with a deep clean, but are well tolerated and don't cause visible shedding, so there's no downtime. Regular exfoliation is very helpful for acne, as it helps to reduce the build up of dead skin cells that block pores and cause spots. Chemical exfoliation with hydroxy-acids is preferable over a grainy, physical exfoliation, as harsh exfoliation can cause damage to the skin allowing bacteria to penetrate through the skin's barrier.
Keeping the skin hydrated with the right moisturiser is important, because if the skin is dry then it will produce more oil, and the oil won't be able to escape through thickened, dry skin caused by harsh exfoliation and drying products.
LED Phototherapy is a good option for acne, as it can reduce the amount of acne causing bacteria on the skin, reduce inflammation and redness, and stimulate healing. We use Dermalux in the clinic and offer the Deesse Pro Express LED mask for home use. These treatments are not suitable for patients on some antibiotics or accutane as they cause the skin to be very sensitive to light.
I hope this information has been helpful for you both. There is further information on the Dorset Aesthetics' website and on our blog. If you would like to have a chat or a consultation, please do get in touch.
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