My experience with acne

joelle before-afterI suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and that has affected my skin causing acne outbreaks. For many the word acne holds connotations of being unclean, ill-kempt, and unhealthy, but more often than not this is not the case at all.

The agonising reality of having acne was once described by my GP as a condition that they treat as an ‘emergency’ as the consequences of suffering from it can be so damaging and detrimental to people’s lifestyles and their state of mind.
For those of you who do not suffer from Acne it is likely you know a friend or a member of your family who does and perhaps have seen firsthand how much destructive it can be to their self-confidence.

Acne: a word and condition laden with so much power it can spread fear through adults and teenagers alike. It is the most common dermatological condition worldwide affecting nearly 85% of adolescents, and about 30% of whom can carry it into adult life. Despite this acne is also one of the most misunderstood skin conditions.

What can cause Acne?

So why do many of us fall victim to the condition? From my own personal experience, and drawing on my interaction with our clients, it would seem that we follow all the rules (both scientific and mythical!) in order to prevent and solve the problem; cutting out our beloved dairy products; spending half of our hard-earned wage on the various ‘SPOT-CURING’ products that flood the market; and yes! We have all tried covering our spots with toothpaste in the evenings!
The truth is it is difficult to identify the exact cause of Acne, but there are a few principle factors that are known to contribute to the onset, including genetics, hormonal changes in the body and extrinsic factors like lifestyle.

In acne clients sebaceous activity accelerates and produces too much sebum (the natural oils we need to lubricate the skin and hair). The excess sebum can mix with a build-up of dead skin cells which then clogs the hair follicle. These blockages then become a great feeding ground for bacteria which lives on the skin and acne flourishes as a result! Our body’s own natural immune system recognises the presence of the bacteria and responds to try and repair the skin, which unfortunately leads to increased redness, pus and inflammation.

Sebum production is largely controlled by hormones, so when an imbalance occurs, whether due to conditions like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or changes in the body like Pregnancy, acne is a common side-kick.

So what can you do about it?

Of course there are many options available to you but it can be difficult and frustrating to find the right one that suits you. GP’s and Dermatologists are, of course, on hand and can offer you many helpful and potent medications, like Antibiotics and Isotetronoin. With all medications, however, there are potential side-effects and limitations (including; diarrhea; fungal infections; and in severe cases, depression.)

Laser treatments are an excellent option for people who are not suited to or who do not want to take medication. The side effects of our lasers are so minimal and have almost no downtime at all that when compared to other conventional methods the choice between them becomes simple.

So how can we help combat Acne?

There is no two ways about it: if you want to improve your skin the first step is to improve your homecare regime. We can do as much as we can with the tools we have at the clinic, but if you are not using good products at home the results will be unattainable and unsustainable. Think of it as going to the gym and then eating whatever you want; It is NOT POSSIBLE if you want to achieve your goals.
People often form strong allegiances to products that they have been using, but you have to be prepared to face it; that ‘amazing’ spot cream you have been using since you were 17 is not cutting the mustard anymore. It’s time to leave some of those high-street brands behind and give cosmeceuticals a try. Not only will you thank yourself later, but you will find yourself preaching to your friends and family about it too!
Enter Salicylic and Glycolic Acids! If you suffer from acne and do not have these ingredients in your homecare then HOLD THE PHONE! This needs to change. Both of these products can help to dramatically reduce the inflammation and break down the build of dead skin cells that are causing blockages in the skin.

A common misconception in acne clients is to believe that they need to dry out the skin to prevent spots from occuring!… Simply put, no! no! no! It is so vital that you are using an appropriate, oil-free moisturiser because if the skin is dry it will over-compensate by naturally producing more oil, leading to more breakouts!

Specifically, how can we at The Angel Laser Clinic help you?

At The Angel Laser Clinic we have carefully designed an Acne protocol to help both on the surface and deep into the skin to calm the inflammation, destroy the villainous bacteria responsible for the flare-ups, and shatter the tell-tale pigmentation left behind.
Using a combination of our Regenlite and Revlite lasers, including some gentle Chemical Peels, we can offer you an up to date and highly effective treatment plan to give you back a bit of your confidence and improve your day-to-day life.

Whilst we are confident that we can improve your skin (and hopefully banish that look of contempt you give yourself in the mirror in the morning) it is important for you to understand the limitations. YES, the lasers can help you but you must be ready to adopt a good home care routine, and prepare yourself for the likelihood that the skin may get worse before it gets better.

If you want to hear more about how we can help you, book your skin consultation today on 0207 607 5111, or send us an email at