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 contributing 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. Don’t waste your time or money. These do no treat acne – they simply hide/suppress it.

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!

A good home care routine is paramount – more importantly, a routine that you can follow. You’ll be prescribed some of the highest quality skin correction products in the world – dermaviduals.

It will be a basic, easy to follow routine and over time, we can introduce products if and when needed to accelerate results.

The introduction of in-clinic treatments such as TIER 2 and TIER 3 facials as well as LED Light Therapy will be incorporated within a week or two.

Once the acne has started to become less inflamed and less painful, we can introduce more advanced treatments such as skin needling. This can help reduce any scarring and may even accelerate results further again. It’s also great for overall skin health and skin rejuvenation.

What we don’t recommend.

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

Peels, 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 (or any skin condition for that matter).