Despite what we're often told, acne is not just limited to our teenage years.
Acne can happen at any time in your life, and when it does - it can really knock your confidence.
Facial acne is one of the more common skin conditions we treat - and although it can sometimes be challenging, it's one of the most rewarding things we get to work on.
We always begin with a skin consultation. This allows us to sit down and chat with you about your skin, and explain all the treatment options available to you. We do a skin assessment, test your skin sensitivity level, and go through your skincare routine with you to make sure everything you are using is beneficial for your skin in its current condition.
Typically when treating acne, step one is to reduce inflammation and support healing within the skin - we do this by prescribing topical nutrients (in the form of serums) and anti-inflammatory products.
Once the skin is strong and healthy, we focus on regulating and controlling oil production within the skin - usually with vitamins A and B.
Once the skin is well-prepped with good products at home (usually for at least 2-4 weeks), we can look at beginning clinical treatments. Usually these are peels (we tend to use retinol/retinaldehyde and salicylic acid the most), to control and clear up active acne.
The game plan.
Why acne happens.
Contrary to what some acne pamphlets may tell you, acne is almost never caused by having unclean skin...
There are many different causes of acne, but ultimately it usually comes down to hormones. Some factors that can trigger or worsen acne include:
Recent change in hormonal contraceptive (oral contraceptive pill, Mirena, Jadelle, etc)
Change in climate (eg. moving city/country)
Using incorrect skincare products (this is quite common!)
Pregnancy/Menopause/Hormone therapy (things that cause a shift in our hormonal state)
More often than not, there are several of these factors at play. Every case of acne is different - because every skin is different.
We recognise that often the root causes of acne are internal, and sometimes more than just topical management is needed.
In these cases, we'll refer our clients to see appropriate specialists, alongside our work in-clinic - including nutritionists, dermatologists, and naturopaths.
If we ever feel that a case of acne is beyond our scope and requires medical intervention, we will always refer on - because ultimately, we're about doing what's best for you.
Where do we start?
Start by booking a skin consultation with us - we'll take it from there. Acne is a difficult thing to go through, but with professional guidance and clinical care, acne doesn't have to be a long term struggle. Our skin therapists are highly trained and undergo regular continued education to ensure we are giving our clients the best possible care, every time.