While the physical signs of acne are easy to recognise, what is a lot harder to see is the mental impact it can have on individuals, leading to stress, anxiety, and low self-esteem. In today’s blog, we’ll talk you through what causes acne, and some of the most effective ways of dealing with the condition.
Affecting up to eight out of ten individuals aged between 11 and 30, acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the UK. This also makes acne the eighth most common skin disease worldwide. The four most common causes of the condition are excess oil production, bacteria, clogged hair follicles, and hormones.
There are also a number of factors that can aggravate acne or trigger it. Stress, diet, and certain medications can all trigger changes in your body that lead to your acne worsening. Food triggers are the easiest to minimise, by avoiding certain items like skim milk, carbohydrate-rich foods, and chocolate.
There are a number of professional treatments available to help active acne before it leaves behind permanent scarring. Unlike over-the-counter treatments, these ensure long-term effects and penetrate deep into your skin targeting the cause of your acne.
According to studies, IPL has been proven an effective method for helping facial acne. Furthermore, when compared to benzoyl peroxide treatment, it was found to be more effective with certain types of acne. You’ll need to be patient as dermatologists usually recommend 3-5 sessions, so you won’t see results straight away. After the initial treatment period, you can expect your acne to stay in remission for a minimum of six months, although some patients have reported being acne-free for much longer.
IPL treatments work by targeting the skin with high intensity-pulses of light. For acne, the treatment helps by killing acne-causing bacteria and shrinking sebaceous glands. Haemoglobin absorbs the light, heating up the fine blood vessels supplying sebaceous glands, causing micro-injuries to the glands. The result of this is a decrease in the production of oil, which is one of the primary causes of acne.
It’s a common misconception that acne requires harsh and aggressive treatments. Instead, a gentle but effective treatment works best because your skin is already inflamed. Our Marine Peel treatments works with your skin, rather than against it, to repair it and help acne skin. Formulated with powerful natural actives sourced from marine algae and botanical herbs, it offers a natural alternative to chemical and glycolic peels that can often dry out your skin starting a cycle of over-moisturising which then further aggravates your acne.
Ideal for darker skin tones that often experience hyperpigmentation as a side effect of acne, the Laser Treatment Clinic’s specially formulated Derma White Treatment is a safe and natural treatment for acne marks. Made without any skin irritants, harsh chemicals, acids, or skin bleaching agents, the Derma White Treatment is ideal to use combined with IPL to effectively help acne skin.