What is Acne?
Acne is a common inflammatory skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with sebum (oil and dead skin cells), resulting in whiteheads, blackheads or pimples. Constant breakouts tend to be most common among teenagers, though it can affect people of all ages. Acne can be painful, distressing and can have a significant impact on a person’s confidence.
Acne scaring affect up to 95% of the people who suffer from acne vulgaris. Scarring is formed due to abnormal healing response, following dermal inflammation. Acne scars are classified based on excess collagen deposition or lack of it at the site of the acne lesion.
There are 4 different forms of Acne:
Blackheads: Blackheads form which pores get clogged with excess sebum and debris such dead skin cells but have a open head.
White Heads: Whiteheads are formed also as a result of clogged sebum and debris, however they have an closed head.
Inflammatory Acne: This type of acne is known as acne vulgaris. Again in addition to a blocked pore, there is bacteria present which initiates an inflammatory immune response.
Cystic Acne: Cystic Acne is the most difficult to treat and can leave scarring. These cysts are full of pus and debris and can cause pain for the sufferers.
What causes Acne and Acne Scarring?
Most common causes of Acne Spots are:
- Hormonal changes especially during puberty
- Hormonal imbalance during, menstruation, pregnancy, PCOS.
- Some cosmetic products
- Certain medications
- Smoking in older people.
What treatments are available for Acne Spots?
At Dermacore, we offer a wide range of Acne Spot Treatments that is non-invasive and highly effective. Book a free consultation to discuss your skin concerns with our skin specialist and develop a plan for a clearer, radiant and youthful skin.