What is Acne?
Acne, or Acne Vulgaris, is one of the most common skin conditions worldwide today. Acne is a condition characterized by eruptions, bumps, lesions, redness and inflammation as well pustules if it gets infected. It can be extremely painful and even result in significant scarring in later years. Acne doesn’t discriminate, and sufferers range from teenagers right the way through to full-grown adults, both men and women alike. It often occurs during puberty, as this is when the sebaceous glands are activated. These glands are what produce oil to lubricate the skin, and this oily secretion is known as sebum. Excess sebum buildup as well as debris and bacteria can cause these glands to become blocked or infected which is when visible blemishes appear on the skin.
Is Acne having a negative impact on your life? Is it damaging your self-confidence?
Don’t worry, we’re here to help.
Treating acne is often a long journey that can take its toll on your confidence, but our aim is to get you to a place where you’re happy with the way your skin looks. We’re here for you every step of the way.
Is acne treatable?
Yes, Cleo Clinic helps patients with all types of acne, ranging from mild to severe ; Pustule to Nodular type . The treatment we offer you will depend on the severity of your acne. Our doctors are very experienced in dealing with Acne related problems and patient cure and satisfaction is what they strive for .
Why do I get acne spots occasionally?
Spots are usually caused by hormonal changes in your body. The hormones that cause spots are called androgens, which are really male hormones, but both men and woman have these androgens circulating in their bodies. The androgen levels vary during female monthly cycles and also increase in response to other stimuli, such as stress and certain medications including some oral contraceptive pills. It has been shown that varying levels of stress provokes acne spots. One study of female university students revealed they had more spots after the stress of end of term exams, however, it may take several weeks for the spots to show themselves after periods of stress.
Why does squeezing spots make them worse even if I am scrupulously clean with hand-washing?
Spots contain mainly acne bacteria. If you squeeze the spots this tends to force the acne bacteria into the surrounding skin where it may cause more redness and inflammation and often a much larger spot than you had in the first place. So resist squeezing, and instead apply a spot gel up to four times a day.
There are four causes of acne – but what are they?
Our clinic has a variety of treatments to help acne sufferers to end the frustration and to help prevent the permanent scarring that untreated inflamed acne can result in. Each individual case will be dealt with separately so it is best to visit us for a full consultation .
Acne sufferers need to seek treatment as soon as possible when acne is inflamed to help prevent permanent scarring of affected areas.
Acne Clear Laser Treatment
Laser therapy is a technology that enables the management of inflammatory skin conditions without any discomfort, downtime or residual cell necrosis. It offers rapid results within 2-4 weeks after single treatments, results lasting 12+ weeks on all grades of acne
Our lasers deliver a specific wavelength of laser light into the skin which both targets the bacteria which causes infection and at the same time stimulates the skins immune systems to reduce inflammation and repair the damage caused by infection. Laser can also promote the production of collagen so can also improve the skin structure and texture and smooth scarring. It also initiates a biostimulatory effect in the tissue that support down-regulation of any localised inflammatory cascade and resolve active dermatological disorder.
This unique biostimulatory effect in the tissue enhances the skins wound healing response over and above the normal levels of response without having to create a trauma unlike the mechanism of most laser and light therapies. And everything with no pain or side effect
Next to muscle-relaxing injections, Chemical Peels are perhaps the most common non-invasive procedure available, offering patients an incredible complexion boost by stripping away the skin’s damaged, superficial layer and revealing a newer, fresher layer of skin beneath. One of it is Salicylic peel , it is fantastic for treating acne and oily skin, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. A peel using Salicylic will help strip the skin of debris and oil leading to breakouts, blackheads, inflammation and irritation; drastically improving the complexion overall.
Microdermabrasion may also be useful for people dealing with active mild-to-moderate breakouts. In addition to removing dead skin cells that can clog pores, the procedure also reduces excess oil (sebum) from these pores. However it might worsen certain type of acne , our doctors will first have to assess your condition to recommend the most suitable treatment . In certain types of acne microdermabrasion may exacerbate the inflammation.
Mild inflammatory acne may be treated by various topical medication which includes benzyl peroxide , topical antibiotics and topical isotretinoin either on its own, or combined with oral antibiotics. More severe inflammatory acne will require a more potent systemic antibiotics .
Any individual patient may have several different combination of Acnes of various types and stages , therefore may require a combination of treatments that is customize to its needs . It is important to understand the timeline of these combination therapies as the timing of combination treatments depends on the modalities and mechanisms of action. Each patient is unique, and clinical improvement may vary significantly among patients. For a more accurate diagnosis and treatment regime , we would advise patients to come for a free consultation with our lovely doctors.