Although most commonly associated with teenagers, acne is a very real problem that many adults face. Statically adult acne is prevalent mainly in women, with around 80% of adult acne sufferers being female. It can make sufferers feel miserable and unattractive and can result in a loss of confidence. Fortunately, there are treatments available to help.
Acne is caused by the build-up of the oily substance sebum produced by the sebaceous glands, which clogs the pores. The pores attract bacteria which make them red, sore, inflamed and filled with pus.
There are many old wives tales about acne being caused by poor hygiene or consuming fatty, sugary foods. This is simply not the case. In adults, acne tends to occur as a result of a hormonal imbalance and as women’s hormones tend to fluctuate during periods and pregnancy it can cause a breakout. Other factors also include the condition polycystic ovaries.
Although acne can’t be prevented, it can be treated with significant results. It is worth noting that drinking plenty of water and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can affect the condition of your skin. If you do suffer from acne it is important not to touch or pick at the spots as this actually can make the condition worse.
One of the most effective treatments for adult acne is a skin peel. Although it sounds severe, chemical peels help to rejuvenate the skin by accelerating cell turnover thereby helping with the sebum blockages. Using chemical compounds, a peel works deep down into the skin to help stimulate collagen and elastin production and promotes the growth of new cells. Not only can it help with acne, it can also be used to reduce sun damage, pigmentation, acne scars, dry skin, dull skin tone and enlarged pores.
At 111 Harley St. we provide an initial consultation to determine what results you hope to see from the treatment as well as ascertaining the strength and type to use.
The procedure is very quick, taking only 30 minutes. It is recommended that you have a course of six peels, scheduled at two-week intervals to keep your skin looking clear and to improve your complexion. ‘There will be little redness and flaking however after moisturising the skin you will be able to return to work the same day.It is important to take extra care in the sun after having treatment and an SPF of 25 or higher should be worn at all times.
Isolaz is a treatment that helps get rid of the problem by getting to its core. It works in three steps to cleanse skin using a special suction vacuum, followed by a blue light that helps kill bacteria, and last by getting effective products deep into the skin. Non-responders to orals, topical creams and lasers had over a 75% reduction in lesions within two months.