We at Xodos have a drive and passion for resolving problems for clients, and skin problems can cause much distress and self-confidence issues for many people. We see a lot of clients with skin problems and conditions that leave them miserable, self-conscious and distressed. Many people have had years of treatments including antibiotics, steroid creams, harsh products and other medications with little to no improvement in their condition. We try to ensure the best results we can get for each client as an individual, as everyone is different. What suits one client may not suit another, and care over several months for the same client may change as their condition starts to change and improve. The most common conditions that we see here at Xodos are Acne, Rosacea and general signs of ageing. This blog will talk about Acne, and what can be done about it.
What is Acne?
Acne is the name given to spots, pimples and bumps on or under the skin which present as whiteheads, pustules, comedones, and blackheads with varying degrees of inflammation and irritation and redness. ‘Acne’ is just the technical term for these symptoms, but we more commonly use the term when we are describing the more serious cases.
Bacteria that lives naturally on the skin gets caught in the hair follicles, and the sebaceous glands become blocked with skin cells and dirt and spots are formed. The rate of growth of Propionibacterium acnes (P.Acnes) bacteria leads to the inflammation that leads to rapid growing, inflamed, painful spots.
What causes Acne?
Acne is caused by bacteria and blocked sebaceous glands, however there are several other factors influencing Acne. Hormones are often a route cause of Acne. Age and gender is something that cannot be accounted for, and hormonal disorders are a common cause. This means that the most severe cases are often seen in teenage males, and in females that have hormonal disruption. There is some debate as to whether diet impacts it, and while it would appear that there are no specific foods that cause acne (remember your mum telling you that if you eat chocolate you will get spots?!), some people have different reactions to some foods, with Dairy and wheat based products often being blamed for outbreaks. Some medications, including the contraceptive pill are also linked to acne symptoms.
Personal Hygiene, stress and environmental issues also have an impact, with pollution, poor cleaning techniques, face-touching and a dirty environment worsening symptoms.
Treatment for Acne
As already mentioned, there are many medical treatments, which while useful for many, often leave issues unresolved and treatments like long term antibiotics can lead to other problems, like damaged gut flora, which is crucial to our health and immune system.
What else can be done?
There are a whole range of treatments and products that can be deployed in the war against acne, with very good effect, and they can be adjusted as the condition improves to ensure maintenance and continued control of the condition.
Chemical peels for acne – these are a very effective treatment for acne, as they help increase cell turnover and exfoliate the skin. We would use a combination of Salicylic and lactic acid peels, and if there is congestion of the skin we would apply a clay mask to draw out impurities. Our combination bespoke peels may also include a layer of Vitamin A boost skin treatment – retinol is a key ingredient in the treatment of acne, and it is derived from Vitamin A. Our Vitamin A Boost is a great treatment layer for acne, and will also help with scarring. As treatment progresses, we could progress to more advanced peels, with a 4-layer treatment system, which can be fantastic at reducing spots, smoothing skin, reducing scarring and helping prevent new spots forming.
IPL – intense pulsed light for acne. Active acne responds very well to IPL, as the wavelength of light targets the P-Acnes bacteria, destroying it in the hair follicle. A course of treatments at 1-2 weekly intervals will reduce acne and improve skin texture. It is important to commit to regular treatments for best results.
Microneedling – Scarring is often a distressing side effect of acne, and it can be quite difficult to remove this scarring. However, peels will help to a point, and combined with micro needling is a great way to improve scarring. A course 3 micro needling treatments can substantially reduce scarring, and peeling in-between will help control any ongoing acne. Ingredients such as lactic acid, salicylic acid and retinol are all key ingredients in the treatment of acne.
Home care – What you do at home accounts for 50% of your results. Our amazing Alumier MD cosmeceutical homecare range provides a completely bespoke system to ensure that your acne is controlled, your skin is looked after, and further damage is prevented. Clearshield SPF is Factor 42, and is non-comedogenic, meaning that it is non-pore clogging, reducing the chances of additional spots. Salicylic based products reduce current spots and reduce the recurrence of further breakouts, and soothing, calming products reduce the inflammation associated with acne. A full consultation will ensure the best products are prescribed for the best results for your skin type.
So what can we do to help?
All of our initial skin consultations are free of charge with no obligation to book treatment or buy products, but we will ensure the best treatment and homecare plan is built for you to ensure the best possible results if you choose to move forward with it.
Call us on 0121 227 4111 to book your no-obligation skin consultation!