Acne. What is it? The NHS explains that: acne is a skin condition that affects the hair follicles and the sebaceous glands in the skin.
Active Acne: How does it function? These glands secrete an oily substance called sebum.
Acne: Where does it appear? Acne is most common on the face, arms, back and chest.
Active Acne: When does it occur? The onset of acne is usually around puberty , however can also occur in adulthood.
How Common is it? About 80% of people will have some degree of acne between the ages of 11 and 30.
Active Acne; Why does it occur? In puberty acne occurs because of changes to hormone levels, which causes the sebaceous glands to produce increased amounts of sebum. Together with dead skin cells the sebum blocks the hair follicles, which enables the formation of ‘spots’ ranging from blackheads to painful red nodules.
Active Acne: How long will it last? As with the other physical changes that happen during puberty acne usually corrects itself over time.
Acne: What if the Acne goes untreated? NHS explains that In most cases acne should get better without treatment. However, for some people this may take many years and can potentially cause permanent scarring.
Acne What is the best treatment? The NHS statement says that a variety of treatments are available, althouhgh they are silent in any recommendation.
To make sure your skin is not permanently damaged seek advice and if necessary treatment as early as possible.
Acne solutions at Skin Medical: we recommend the use of NLite laser treatment and, where appropriate, complemented by specialist acne products, and/or medical microdermabrasion. Skin or chemical peels are also effective in creating a smoother skin.
Please remember that prevention and early intervention is the best remedy.
For persons with acne scarring that will have occurred from poorly treated acne complaints experienced in earlier years, Skin Medical have treatment options using the CO2 laser. Both treatments simulate collagen growth in the target areas.