Acne is the single-most common skin condition with nearly 85% of us experiencing it at some point in our lives. It’s not just a teenage condition either; it affects almost 20% of adults worldwide. We help transform clients lives every week by tailoring individual treatment programmes to combat their acne problems, to deliver clear skin results they deserve. From mild to severe acne, hormonal to long lasting acne, facial to back acne, we only select treatments & products with proven results.
What is acne?
Acne can be categorised into two types, non-inflammatory and inflammatory. Non-inflammatory acne occurs when oil and dead cells clog the pores. It presents itself as blackheads or whiteheads and tends to be painless, whereas inflammatory acne can be much more painful. Inflammatory break outs tend to be red and in some cases will have a white “head” to them. Depending on the severity, they may become hard to touch and very tender.
Inflammatory acne can be sore, make individuals feel self-conscious and in some cases, can leave permanent scars behind. It is caused by the imbalance of androgen and oestrogen hormones. Over production of the male hormones (androgen) or a reduction in female hormones (oestrogen) will then cause a surge of production of sebum, which will then deposit itself into the follicle. Over-the-counter creams don’t usually work and alternative treatments are usually explored.
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?
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.
What does acne look like?
What causes acne?
Acne is often associated with oily skin. Oil (sebum) is essential to keep your skin protected and hydrated, but when it’s overproduced it gets clogged in the pores with dead skin cells. This causes the bacteria responsible for spots to form, allowing bacteria to multiply and cause blackheads and whiteheads on the skins surface.
There are as many myths about the causes of acne as there are days in a year! So don’t believe everything you read and speak to a specialist. Acne can be brought on by a range of factors such as stress, hormonal fluctuations including pregnancy, menopause & oral contraceptives, medication side effects, sweating, excessive oil production, sleep habits and hair and skin care products.
What conditions are related to acne?
- Acne scarring
- Oily Skin
- Polycystic ovaries
- Thyroid conditions
Our tips for managing 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:
- Visiting your nearest DestinationSkin clinic and talking to an expert
- Washing make up brushes, pillowcases and bed sheets on a regular basis
- Minimising the stresses and strains in your life
- Eating a balanced diet and consuming plenty of water
- Exercising regularly
- Reviewing your beauty products, i.e. choose the right moisturiser
- For women, consider another form of contraception
- Don’t squeeze your spots!
Q: When can I see a result?
A: Results depend on the type of acne you have, the treatment course chosen and how your skin reacts.
Q: Do I need to change my diet?
A: Dairy, sugar, coffee and nuts can cause an increase in sebum, which is thought to trigger or worsen acne, so keeping your intake of these food types may help your acne.
Q: Why do acne spots leave scars?
A: Dark spots that remain on your skin after a breakout are caused by inflammation during the skin’s healing process. When a spot is popped, the pore will open up, and then when it closes back together, abnormal pigmentation, texture and tone appears that looks different to the rest of your skin. Sometimes broken blood vessels that remain after acne fades can result in a mark that appears more red or purple than brown.
Sometimes particularly aggressive blemishes can leave permanent marks, called acne scars. Acne scars occur when normal tissue in the skin is destroyed and replaced with fibrous tissue. When acne is severe, it can act like a wound, so when the body heals the damage, it can produce too much or too little tissue to repair the area. The production of too much tissue forms a keloid or a hypertrophic scar, and too little tissue leads to that depression in the skin, or atrophic scar. The deeper and more inflamed the acne lesion, or the more that it is picked or squeezed, the more likely it is to scar.
Q: What is the best make up to use?
A: We recommend using a mineral based make-up, because it doesn’t include parabens, fragrance, talc, preservatives, oil, or other harsh chemicals, so they are ideal for sensitive or breakout-prone skin types that often become irritated with heavier formulas. While traditional cosmetic products provide good coverage, they prevent the skin from breathing and prolong or worsen any redness, dryness and blemishes, whereas mineral make up doesn’t sit on your skin, it works into it allowing it to breathe.
Q: Why shouldn’t I squeeze spots?
A: Squeezing spots, whether blackheads or whiteheads can force the bacteria deeper and cause inflammation and scarring.
Q: Why do I have acne as an adult?
A: 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, talk to us today.
Treatments - How can we help with Acne?
At DestinationSkin, we have a range of treatments that can help to treat acne and acne scarring, depending on the type of acne you have. Our range of acne management skin peels contain active ingredients such as Salicylic Acid designed to control excessive oil production, un-block pores and reduce bacterial inflammation.
We provide IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments that can help you to get fresher, clearer skin, designed to heal spots and scarring by flooding the skin with oxygen & destroying acne-causing bacteria within the pores. Perfect for congestion, blackheads and spots.
Depending on the severity of your acne, you may be referred to a consultation with one of our clinical team for an Obagi programme. It is a prescription only three-step acne treatment with clinically proven ingredients that penetrate deep into the skin’s layers to tackle acne at the root and control adult acne for a clearer, healthier-looking complexion.
We also commonly treat scars left behind by acne. The right treatment will depend on how severe your scarring is, and will require a consultation with one of our experts. Click here to go through to our page dedicated to acne scarring treatments.
What our clients say
I have been going to the City branch for just over a year. I went initially for advice on how best to treat my acne breakouts on my face. The therapist Daniela went through all the options and explained in detail what I should expect. I bought a course of skin peels and some home care products, I was so pleased I decided to continue with monthly facials “My skin has never looked healthier” not to mention my confidence improved. I have recommended my friends and they have offered me £50 for referring my friend. Win win. Just fantastic!
Sarah, City Clinic