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Acne And Oil Congestion: The Causes And Most Effective Treatments

September 14, 2020

About half of the adult population have experienced acne, congestion or excessive oil at some time in life. If you’re in that half, you know how difficult it can be to get under control, but there are things you can do to manage it.

What causes oil congestion in the skin?

It all starts with the sebaceous glands, which produce your skin’s natural oils, called sebum. Hormonal changes in the body can overstimulate the sebaceous glands, causing them to overproduce.

Excessive oils can build up and block the pores or get trapped underneath the skin. This results in bacterial and fungal infection in the skin which causes redness, inflammation, pimples and cysts. Oftentimes, cysts collapse and spread infected material under the skin, causing the acne itself to spread.

As your skin heals, it sometimes contracts inward or becomes tethered, which forms pitted acne scars.

How do you manage acne and oil congestion?

There are ways to manage the hormonal stimulation of the sebaceous glands, which starts with a doctor consultation.

You can also make cosmetic improvements to your skin so it can better handle this excessive, thicker oil and allow it to escape from the pores rather than build up and feed acne.

Effective management requires a combination of in-clinic treatments and medical grade skincare at home. The goal is to reduce infection and inflammation so the skin can heal, and clear congestion to prevent recurrence.

Clinic Treatments

At Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia we’ve developed a unique Acne Triple Combo treatment to treat acne from different angles.

First, we use a gentle laser to refine the pores, which will help regulate the natural oils and prevent them from producing the excess oil that causes congestion. The laser treatment also stimulates some tissue remodelling to prevent acne scarring. The specific laser modality we recommend will depend on the nature of your acne and how the cysts present. These lasers are gentle and non-ablative with little to no downtime.

The second step is PhotoTherapy, also known as LED Light Therapy, using both blue and red light wavelengths. It’s a relaxing treatment that some clients compare to lying on a beach. The blue light gently breaks down the bacteria’s cell walls, essentially destroying them. The red light reduces inflammation and stimulates healing in the skin.

Third is a facial peel to clear congestion from the surface of the skin and deliver nutrients. We have a few different peels which can be tailored to your skin’s conditions and what it needs.

Home treatments

At-home skincare twice per day is the best way to manage acne in the long term. The right products can help reduce the recurrence of acne and minimise the chance of scarring.

It’s important to use skincare products that don’t have occlusive creams and emollients. We also recommend switching to a mineral makeup to avoid congesting the pores.
Dr Cussell’s recommended skincare routine for acne consists of 3 simple steps:

1. Exfoliate and Cleanse

RejuvAus [C2] Gentle AHA Exfoliating Cleanser, or [C3] Purify Deep Exfoliating Gel can help to remove dirt, oil, debris and other impurities.
You should follow your cleanse with a leave on AHA exfoliating serum to remove the dead skin cells and refine the pores, such as [S6] Clarifying Serum.

2. Nourish your skin

Vitamin A is an active ingredient that has been clinically proven and trusted by dermatologists for many years. It helps fight acne by regulating your natural oils and promoting cell turnover.

Vitamin B helps calm inflammation and regulate natural hydration so your skin can heal better.

RejuvAus [S7] AB Antioxidant Serum For Oily Skin combines Vitamins A and B with multiple other anti-inflammatory ingredients and no synthetic fillers that could occlude pores.

3. Sunscreen

Of course sunscreen is important for all skin types, but did you know that UV exposure can worsen pigmented acne scars? It’s important to use a physical sunscreen with no occlusive ingredients, and wash it off at the end of each day.

Dietary Considerations

Healthy skin starts from the inside, and certain foods can influence breakouts, especially alcohol and sugary foods.

There is also growing evidence on how inflammation in the gut affects inflammation in the skin and eating gut-friendly foods (like leafy green vegetables) can have a positive effect on your skin.

We recommend coming in for a free consultation so we can assess your acne, discuss the root causes and put together a holistic treatment plan to manage it in the long term.

Do you want to something about acne and oil congestion in your skin?

Come in for a complimentary, obligation-free consultation with one of our expert Clinicians.

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