Did you know there are different types of acne on your skin – blackheads, whiteheads, pimples or deep painful cysts and nodules? And it can appear anywhere from your face, jawline, neck, chest, upper back or shoulders.
Unfortunately, although teens are most likely to get acne, people of all races and colours can get acne too. There are many factors that affect acne development. Genetics, diet, cosmetics, environment, hormones, and stress can work separately or in combination to cause acne.
Acne appears when a pore in our skin clogs. This clog begins with dead skin cells. Normally, dead skin cells rise to surface of the pore, and the body sheds the cells. When the body starts to make lots of sebum (see-bum), oil that keeps our skin from drying out, the dead skin cells can stick together inside the pore. Instead of rising to the surface, the cells become trapped inside the pore.
Sometimes bacteria that live on our skin, p. acnes, also get inside the clogged pore. Inside the pore, the bacteria have a perfect environment for multiplying very quickly. With loads of bacteria inside, the pore becomes inflamed (red and swollen). If the inflammation goes deep into the skin, an acne cyst or nodule appears.
For those who are looking to get rid of acne, they should take a 3-step approach to ensure their acne problem is under control.
Step 1: Unclog their pores.
Unclogging pores can come in the form of mild chemical peels or microdermabrasion or extraction. The key purpose of doing is to dry up oil glands, exfoliate and unclog pores from inside out.
Step 2: Eliminate P-acne bacteria
There are different methods to eliminate P-acne bacteria. 2 most popular ways that we use are lasers or chromo therapy. Lasers such as Fotona 4D laser help to accelerate collagen production and shrink over-active sebaceous glands, in turn lowering sebum production. This treatment can help to reduce the risk of new acne inflammation.
While chromo therapy irradiate red and blue light onto the skin. Blue light attacks and kills acne bacteria while red light stimulates collagen and elastin in the skin. You can opt for Crystal Clear Purifying Facetherapy or Omega Illumi Facetherapy which utilises sophisticated medical-grade light technology to kill bacteria and improve skin healing, cleaning and clearing out problem skin.
The treatment effectively uses blue light technology to target acne-causing bacteria without thermally affecting surrounding tissues. Excellent for patients who want to reduce acne, control acne, or lower sebum production, without medication and downtime.
Step 3: Maintain
Once you have kept acne under control, it’s also important to have good skin habits. Here are some examples:
a) Wash your face twice a day and when you’re sweaty. Acne-prone skin is sensitive. Washing more than twice a day can irritate your skin, making acne worse.
b) Stop scrubbing your face and other acne-prone skin. If your skin feels greasy or dirty, don’t attempt to scrub it clean. Scrubbing can irritate acne-prone skin, which worsens acne.
c) Use skin care products and cosmetics that don’t cause acne, such as non-comedogenic or oil free products. Some products that are recommended include Obagi Clenziderm Therapeutic Lotion. It’s a lightweight acne treatment lotion with 5% benzoyl peroxide (BPO) uniquely formulated to help get rid of acne.
Interested to find out more on how you can get rid of acne, call us at +65 96565380 today for a complimentary consultation.