What is acne and how can we treat it?

Acne can be one of the most challenging skin conditions to treat because so many things can contribute to it. Hormones, stress, diet, genetics, candida and more can all play their part.

It will often start in the early teens and continue through to the early 20s. For most people it will be mild and can be relatively easy to manage and treat but for others, it can be very severe and lead to further complications including post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and acne scarring.

When it comes to acne, especially in severe cases, you’re not just managing the visible effects – it’s the emotional effects that need to be managed as well.

Acne Before & After dermaviduals

How do we manage & treat it?

We always go after the cause – and it starts with an in-depth and thorough consultation.

Acne should always be treated holistically – looking at both internal and external factors to ensure the best results. Most clinics apply the same simplistic approach of treating the symptoms rather than the cause. This almost always involves peels, excessive exfoliation such as microdermabrasion, acids and scrubs. These do no treat acne – they simply hide/suppress it. While can help with visible signs of acne, they aren’t a “magic bullet”.

Our Skin Health Assessment can take about to 90 minutes to complete and it’s conducted with a skin health expert – a specialist in skincare and skin management.

Photos will be taken with an advanced skin imaging camera and upon completion, you will receive a document outlining a full treatment plan that’s transparent including all expected costs and outcomes.

You’ll generally get started with a basic home care routine and depending on the severity, we may refer you to a qualified nutritionist or naturopath.

We are not going to sugar-coat it for you – acne is difficult to treat, it’s difficult to manage, and if you really want quality, long-term results, it is going to require changes to your skincare routine, your diet and your lifestyle.

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Start slow and steady – be patient!

A good home care routine is paramount as this is what you’ll do ‘everyday’. The routine isn’t just about applying a few skincare products either. The routine should include eating more healthy, trying to reduce stress as much as possible, exercising, changing pillow cases on a regular basis and so on. We can provide more tips and advice during your Skin Health Assessment.

We try and start all routines off as basic and as simple as possible. Over time, we then introduce further products and treatments if and when necessary. This allows you to adapt your lifestyle in small, achievable steps.

The introduction of in-clinic treatments such as Facials + Peels, LED Light Therapy, Skin Needling and Laser can all assist at different points in the journey to reduce the acne and prevent further complications such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and scarring.

What we don’t recommend.

Quick-fixes! If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

Excessive peels and microdermabrasion, over-exfoliation, overnight remedies – none of them work and especially not for the long-term. They simply hide the symptoms and do nothing to treat the cause.

Treating the cause is key otherwise you’ll be forever chasing the symptoms.

If you were to Google acne treatments, you will find a mountain of what sounds like very promising solutions – from home care products promising the world, to clinics advertising overnight quick-peels that are supposed to give you radiant glowing skin in as little as 48 hours.

Please don’t get sucked in! If it were that easy, you would never see anyone with acne.