How to get rid of acne – the complete guide

The DestinationSkin guide to treating acne

 Acne is undoubtedly the most common and most stubborn skin condition affecting most people at some time in their life. We know how the condition can be most miserable, painful and embarrassing, and nothing makes us happier than to see clients with clearer, confidence-boosting skin after their various treatments.

We’ve put together everything you ever needed to know about acne here. We’ve got answers to your questions, loads of treatments and even a celeb endorsement or two. Simply click on the highlighted links of our comprehensive guide, it’s the only place you need to go to find out, once and for all, how to cure acne!

Questions

What IS acne?
What type of acne do I have?
Does acne differ in men and women?
Why have I started to develop acne as an adult?
Why is squeezing spots bad?
I have acne on my body, what can I do?
How do I get rid of acne?
What acne treatments are there?
What about treatments for acne scars?
Which treatment is right for me?
Do acne treatments work?
Why should I go to DestinationSkin?
How do I book a consultation?

What IS acne?

Acne is a skin condition, where the over-production of oil from the sebaceous glands blocks pores, and causes spots, affecting around 80 per cent of people at some point in their lives. There are two types: inflammatory – where bacteria makes the spots become red, sore and inflamed, and non-inflammatory – occasional black- and whiteheads. It’s usually driven by hormonal change, which is why it’s most prevalent in teenagers. However, more commonly, it affects adults, too.

Inflammatory acne is harder to treat. The break-outs can be sore, make individuals feel self-conscious and in some cases, can leave permanent scars behind. Over-the-counter creams don’t usually work and alternative treatments are usually explored.

What type of acne do I have?

As mentioned above, there are two types of acne, but the severity of these types can differ from person to person, as can the treatment options. Can you find your type using our acne skin checker?

Which treatments might be right for me?

It also exhibits differently – not just breaking-out on the face, it might be on the back (bacne) and shoulders. It may affect you in later life, even though you didn’t suffer as a teenager.

Speak with one of our consultants to diagnose your acne type and to determine the treatment which is right for you.

Does acne differ in men and women?

We all suffer from acne at some point, and while the scientific cause (hormonal-drive excess oil production) remains the same, break-outs can vary between the genders, particularly in adult life.

Beyond teenage years, male acne can occur right into the 40s. Men tend to have thicker and oilier skin than women on the chest and back, due to the presence of male hormone androgen.

Women, on the other hand, will probably be used to the odd break-out – maybe it’s just one blemish – at that time of the month and expecting it through pregnancy. Female acne can also occur at other times, the result of hormone level fluctuations or through taking various contraceptives.

Take heart in the fact that adult acne is common – in fact, it’s on the rise. Leading dermatologists blame poor diet, increased stress and choosing the wrong skincare regimes.

The treatments we offer are for everyone, regardless of gender or age. There’s no need to feel self-conscious, we serve plenty of male clients as well as female and the results could really boost your self-esteem. Don’t let acne stop you doing the things you love – or even finding love – talk to us today.

Why have I started to develop acne as an adult?

Increased numbers of adults are seeking professional treatment for what’s known as ‘adult acne’, a condition which occurs after the age of 25. The stress hormone, cortisol, can be a big factor in later-life break-outs, while we try to juggle ‘having it all’. Your body reacts to what it’s being put through, and it shows.

Read some of our other big acne questions here.

Why is squeezing spots bad?

Squeezing spots really makes the situation worse. The squeezing action can force bacteria to go even deeper, plus any germs on your fingers and under your fingernails will get added into the mix. This can make the spots inflamed, break the skin and cause bleeding and you’re far more likely to scar. It will also hamper any treatment you’ve started, so don’t squeeze your spots – no matter how tempted you may be!

Why is squeezing spots bad?

I have acne on my body, what can I do?

For some people, acne isn’t confined to the face; it can appear on arms, shoulders, back and chest. What exacerbates these break-outs is that there are more sebaceous glands in these areas, producing oil, plus they are more prone to sweat than the face.

It’s not uncommon, though it can be annoying – especially if you were planning on going swimming, sunbathing or wearing something small and summery.

Luckily, there are several ways to banish body acne – we offer special skin peels, acne IPL treatment and Dermaroller treatments.

How do I get rid of acne?

Remember, getting rid of acne successfully – or even controlling it – will depend on your skin, your lifestyle and the treatment you opt for. Generally speaking, you could say goodbye to acne through a combination of the following:

How do I get rid of acne?

What acne treatments are there?

There are numerous acne treatments available: topical, laser and peels. Some can visibly make a difference after one session, while other treatments require longer to take effect. After your free consultation, you could choose from between:

What about treatments for acne scars?Acne - before and after treatment

Inflamed acne and spots which have been squeezed can result in scars on the skin; changes in pigmentation that leaves either darker or lighter marks on it. Our acne scar treatments can reduce the appearance of scars and rejuvenate your skin. In addition to our range of skin peels, we offer:

Which acne treatment is right for me?

Without seeing your skin and understanding precisely what type of acne you are suffering with, we can’t recommend a course of action. It’s best, therefore, to speak to one of our practitioners, who can talk you through the options.

We offer free consultations; did you know that? Let us see your skin and then we can decide whether a peel, light treatment or cream is best for you – and what results you can expect. Why not download a brochure and see for yourself the wide range of treatments that are available?

Do acne treatments work?

In short, yes they do. The results vary depending on the skin being treated, the severity of the acne and the treatment which has been chosen. However, our practitioners will talk through the process and discuss exactly what you can expect to see at the end of it – be it one skin peel or an 18-week skincare system.

To put your mind at ease, have a look at these before and after treatment photos, or read some of our testimonials. Hannah, our practicing manager from DestinationSkin Bristol, swears by the Obagi Blue Peel for controlling her adult acne. Others, clients and staff alike, rave about the Pumpkin Skin Peel for making their skin clear and smooth.

We can even give you some celebrity endorsements and have been mentioned in countless beauty, lifestyle and fashion magazines, including Elle and Good Housekeeping.

Acne - client testimonial

Why should I go to DestinationSkin?

If you’re unfamiliar with our brand, then it’s natural that you might wonder: ‘Why should I choose DestinationSkin for my acne treatment?’

Rest assured, our practitioners are qualified, DestinationSkin is accredited by professional bodies and we use top-quality products that are designed especially for acne-prone skin. In fact, we’ve treated more than 2,500 clients with acne since 2013. What’s more, as you’ve seen above, we get results and can make a significant difference to people’s lives.

Discover more about the DestinationSkin difference.

How do I book a consultation?

There are 18 DestinationSkin clinics across England. Simply find your nearest clinic and get in touch or submit the ‘Book your consultation’ form online. Our friendly and knowledgeable salon staff will arrange a time that’s convenient for your bespoke and free consultation, answering any questions you have about your skin and our wide range of acne treatments.

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