ACNE

Do you have acne? Oily skin? There are specific treatments for oily skin and even severe imperfections, in particular products that regulate sebum production. Meticulous cleansing is also essential.

YOUR QUESTIONS
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How can I get rid of acne scars?

Acne should be treated early and effectively to prevent scarring. Severe acne scars are difficult to treat and generally require therapies such as deep chemical peels, dermal filler, energy devices and other procedures such as micro-needling or subcision. The best treatment option is tailored to the individual. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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How can I get rid of acne?

Early acne should be treated with the appropriate skincare with effective active ingredients such as salicylic acid and niacinamide to adress blocked pores and inflammation. It is very important to use gentle skincare in acne. If the acne is not responding to skincare alone it is best to seek medical advice early. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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How can I get rid of back acne?

Given it is hard to access the back and apply creams to large areas, it is best to start with a medicated wash such as benzyl peroxide or salicylic acid for acne on the body. If however the acne is severe with cysts or scarring then medical treatment should be initiated early. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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What causes acne?

The basic process seen in the formation of acne is one where the pore becomes blocked with excess dead skin cells and oil. This blockage then becomes the site of both infection and inflammation resulting in red bumps, pustules and in some cases deep cystic lesions. Genetics play a vital role in acne. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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How can I get rid of cystic acne?

Cystic acne does not respond well to skincare alone. Given the risk of scarring and the significant discomfort and psychosocial effects of cystic acne, early medical care should be sought. In most cases prescription medications are used including antibiotics or oral vitamin A treatment. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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How can I get rid of chest acne?

Acne on the chest can be treated in the same way as that on the face. Gentle skincare with active ingredients including salicylic acid and niacinamide may be used as first-line treatment. If the acne is severe extensive or cystic then medical intervention should be initiated. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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How can I remove acne scars?

Acne should be treated early and effectively to prevent scarring. Severe acne scars are difficult to treat and generally require therapies such as deep chemical peels, dermal filler, energy devices and other procedures such as micro-needling or subcision. The best treatment option is tailored to the individual. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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How can I get rid of baby acne?

In most cases baby acne is mild causing small red bumps or pustules. It usually will resolve spontaneously over a few weeks or months. Only gentle fragrance-free skin care should be used on infants including as soap-free wash and moisturiser. If the acne is extensive or very inflamed it is best to seek medical advice. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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Does birth control help acne?

In some women the skin is overly sensitive to certain hormones, resulting in inflammation and acne. These women may see benefit from using an oral contraceptive pill which decreases or blocks the effect of the hormones on the skin. It is best to discuss treatment options with your general practitioner or dermatologist. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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CAUSES
OF ACNE

The primary cause of acne is hormonal: The reproductive organs (testes in males and ovaries in females) produce hormones called androgens which send the sebaceous glands into oil overdrive, producing large amounts of clogging sebum. There are, however, several other contributing factors to acne, which include UV rays, pollution, diet and stress. Because acne is primarily a hormone-driven condition, it is most common in teenagers during puberty, but it also affects increasing numbers of adults, particularly adult women during their menstrual cycle.

HOW TO TAKE CARE
OF ACNE-PRONE SKIN?

Imperfections can be managed with prescription-only medications. When blemishes gets lighter, expert over-the-counter dermocosmetics, or a combination of the two also help. If skin blemishes are affecting your confidence, it’s important to take action rather than suffer in silence. With the right medical advice and skincare, skin can be progressively cleared for a long-lasting fresh-faced appearance.

In this section, you will learn all about the causes and symptoms of oily and acne-prone skin, plus how to take care of it with top product recommendations. Swipe to discover articles on both teenage and adult acne-prone skin.

DEAR
READERS

The information displayed here is intended for general educational purposes only and should not in any case be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any medical question.