Bare Face Facts Of AcneJuly 6, 2015
One things for sure, acne is an annoying skin condition. Things like comedomes (blackheads), nodules, pustules, cysts and papules are all signs of acne.
What is acne?
Acne is one skin condition is a multi-factorial inflammatory disease involves a mixture of oil, inflammation and bacteria which is blocked in the sebaceous glands, causing a slight raise to the skin.
How common is acne?
Acne is one skin condition that affects a lot of people. In fact, 85% of people in Australia will develop acne at some stage of their lives. While acne is prevalent for those aged between 12-25 years of age, the condition can last well into your 30s and 40s. While there has been a lot of research into the causes of acne, the exact cause is still up for debate.
What are the possible causes of acne?
Researchers from Northwestern University have discovered those who suffer from acne may have an increased level of androgen, a hormone found in both males and females. Androgen can contribute to acne flare ups due to the overstimulation of oil glands, which change the development of skin cells that line the hair follicles in the skin.
During this study, it was found that women who had acne, may have increased levels of androgen, or even an imbalance between oestrogen and androgen hormone levels. This accompanied with excessive facial hair, deepening voice or an infrequent menstrual cycle were more susceptible to acne.
The findings of the research also seems to indicate that some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to acne. This means if your parents, brother or relatives have acne, you may be more likely to develop the condition yourself.
What treatments are suitable to reduce the effects of acne?
At Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia, we have a variety of treatments that are used to treat acne including:
- Triple Acne Combo Treatment – Consists of a Pastelle laser, Blue Light Selective Therapy and a treatment peel to alleviate the symptoms of acne
- RF Needling – For those with severe acne scarring and cysts, RF Needling can penetrate deeply into the skin
- Fractional CO2 Laser – Another laser treatment great for those with severe acne.