How to Treat Acne and Achieve Clear, Healthy Skin

“Intensive medical research has proved vitamin A to be the only molecule that can possibly cure or permanently control acne, leaving skin looking smooth, healthy and radiant again.” Dr Ernst Eiselen, MBChB, FRACGP

 

Acne is a skin condition characterised by reddened, inflamed lesions (sometimes called pustules or whiteheads) on the face, neck, shoulders, and elsewhere. Acne occurs most commonly in teenagers and to a lesser extent in young adults. The condition results in part from excessive stimulation of the skin by androgens (male hormones). Bacterial infection of the skin also appears to play a role.

Treatments available at Mediskin for acne

Frequently asked questions on Acne

  • What ingredients are suitable for treating acne?

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    Salicylic Acid: used to unclog pores, resolve and prevent lesions and to correct any abnormal shedding of your skin cells. Topical Antimicrobials – help disinfect the skin including Benzoyl Peroxide – used to clear away oils and dead cells from the skin. Topical Retinoids – derived from Vitamin A and is used to unclog pores preventing whiteheads and blackheads from developing. Acne Product Ranges Products containing exfoliating ingredients known as alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA’s) i.e. Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid help prevent blackheads and spots. At Mediskin we combine all of the ingredients above from different pharmaceutical ranges to treat acne, depending on each individual skin type. Therefore, a consultation is necessary to determine an acne treatment program for you.

  • Are the products available at Mediskin available in shops/pharmacies?

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    No. The majority of our product ranges are to exclusive medical led skin clinics. We only use pharmaceuticals that are proven to penetrate further than the epidermis, to deliver key ingredients and treat active acne.

  • What ingredients/products should an acne sufferer avoid?

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    Avoid mineral oil, which is found in many cleansers and moisturisers. Avoid oil based makeup, makeup containing artificial colour, all powders and makeup containing talc. Avoid fake tan. Most fake tans contain artificial colour (as a guide colour) and contribute to blackheads and blocked pores, so it’s imperative not to use a fake tan on the face that has a guide colour. Lanolin is another common ingredient in cosmetics that clog the skin and should be avoided.

  • What makeup is recommended for someone with acne?

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    Use foundation, bronzers and blushers that contain Iron Oxide as a natural colorant. Mineral makeup contains Iron Oxide natural colorant which is very pure and won’t clog pores. Mediskin stocks 3 different makeup brands: glominerals, Jane Iredale and Image.

  • What treatments are recommended for acne?

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    At Mediskin we recommend Skin Peels as a proven, save and effective treatment for acne. Most clients require an average of 4-6 Skin Peels at 2-4 week intervals for optimum results. To assist and prolong the results of your acne treatments homecare products are also necessary. This will be discussed in full at your skin consultation.

  • What are the different kinds of acne?

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    Acne Vulgaris is the most common form of acne which includes several types of pimples. These acne lesions include blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, nodules and cysts. Mild to moderate acne vulgaris consists of the following types of acne spots: Blackheads are similar to whiteheads, but the pore is not completely blocked. The trapped debris reacts with oxygen in the air and turns dark, hence, the name ‘blackhead’ Whiteheads occur when the pore gets completely blocked with oil (sebum), dead skin cells, or bacteria. It makes a small white spot on the surface of the skin. Papules are red, inflamed bumps with no head. Since there is no head, do not try to squeeze this type of acne. Squeezing will not help it heal and can lead to scarring. Pustules are also red and inflamed, but they have a yellow or white center. This is the most common type of acne. While you can squeeze this type, it is not recommended because doing so can spread bacteria and cause more pustules. Severe acne vulgaris is characterised by nodules and cysts. Cysts and nodules occur when clogged up pores break under the skin causing bigger and often very painful bumps. If left untreated, these cysts can cause scarring. Nodules are large, hard bumps under the skin’s surface. An acne cyst can appear similar to a nodule, but is pus-filled

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