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Options for treating acne

There are a number of acne treatments available through your doctor or pharmacist that can help treat and prevent acne. The acne treatment recommended for you will depend on the severity of your acne as well as how you feel about your acne – if you have mild acne but it bothers you a lot, your doctor may recommend a different treatment than if your acne is not a concern.

Acne treatments work in several ways – most aim to reduce the oiliness of the skin, unblock pores and/or reduce skin inflammation.

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How the treatments work

Acne treatments work in several ways – most aim to reduce the oiliness of the skin, unblock pores and/or reduce skin inflammation.

It can take several weeks of treatment to see noticeable improvements, but you should seek further advice from your doctor or pharmacist if your acne has not improved within 4 to 8 weeks.

Most common acne treatments in Australia are applied directly to the skin (called topical treatments) or taken by mouth (oral medicines). Sometimes, a combination of several different acne treatments is recommended to achieve the best results.

Topical preparations usually have to be applied to the whole area of affected skin, not just the acne spots.

Acne may flare up if treatment is stopped, so after the initial treatment period, people often go onto maintenance therapy.

Medical treatments for acne

  • Keratolytics
  • Antibiotics and antibacterials for acne
  • Hormonal treatments
  • Retinoids
  • Corticosteroid injections

Chemical Peel treatment for acne

Involves having a chemical solution applied to the skin that may help unblock skin pores and improve the appearance of acne-prone skin.

Laser Genesis (Cutera) treatment for acne

The Laser Genesis treatment is a great no downtime, painless treatment for those of us that suffer from acne prone skin, as well as an anti-ageing laser.
Laser Genesis delivers enough heat to the skin to kill the bacteria in the active breakouts, causing the breakout to dry out and heal much faster.

Discolourations or red tones from previous or present acne breakouts will also lighten up with this treatment. Most acne clients tend to have large pores, and the Laser Genesis is also an anti-ageing laser that stimulates collagen production improving the skin texture and decreasing the size of the skin’s pores, which is a common factor in acne breakouts. The collagen stimulation also works on improving the appearance of fine lines and the skin feels more supple and elastic. Laser Genesis is also an excellent treatment for acne scarring.

Chemical peels

Acne scars can be the unfortunate remnant of acne lesions that damage the collagen layers of skin. The result is a depressed or raised portion of skin that can mar an otherwise healthy complexion. One of the treatments for acne scars is a chemical peel, in which a concentrated form of chemicals is applied to remove scarred skin cells, allowing healthy cells to grow in their place. Different types of chemical peels exist, and each has its benefits in treating acne scars.

Laser Genesis

The Laser Genesis works in two ways to improve acne scarring.  The first mechanism collapses tiny, superficial blood vessels on the skin that produce the appearance of redness on the area of old acne lesions.  The second mechanism promotes the production of healthy collagen to improve the texture of pitted acne scars.  One of the great things about the Laser Genesis treatment is that it does not require any downtime and the treatment itself does not involve any discomfort.

PRP and Factor 4

Platelet Rich Plasma treatment involves the use of your own plasma, full of growth factors, collected from your own blood, and then inserted back underneath your skin to accelerate tissue repair. You can expect to see reduced appearance of scars, including deep scarring, with up to 8 sessions of PRP treatment. This treatment also has other benefits such as reducing the appearance of fine lines and stimulating collagen growth.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers can be used to “fill in” pitted or sunken scars, so that they sit flush with the surface of the skin. Dermal fillers are not permanent as they are absorbed into the body in around 6 – 9 months, however they may be a solution for those who are prepared to keep up treatment or regularly get other fillers.

Acne Treatment in Adelaide