Love the Skin You’re In: The Acne Treatment Guide

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June marks Acne Awareness Month, shedding light on a condition that can be uncomfortable, painful, upsetting and frustrating to deal with. At The Academy Clinic, we aim to raise awareness and support those affected, letting you know that you’re not alone in facing this challenge.

Acne not only affects the skin but also profoundly impacts confidence and mental health, often leading to increased risks of depression, anxiety, and poor self-esteem regardless of its severity. Here at The Academy Clinic, our goal is to support every patient on their unique journey to feeling the most confident version of themselves.

Understanding Acne

Acne is a common skin condition characterised by various types, including acne vulgaris, acne conglobata, acne mechanica, and acne rosacea. It varies in severity, ranging from mild (few whiteheads or blackheads) to severe (numerous nodules and cysts).

Causes and Prevention

Acne develops when pores become clogged with oil and dead skin cells, creating a conducive environment for bacteria to thrive. Hormonal changes, genetics, and inflammation also play significant roles in its formation and progression. While it can’t be entirely prevented, a good skincare routine and healthy lifestyle can help manage symptoms effectively.

The Academy Clinic’s Approach

We offer personalised skincare treatment plans starting with a consultation with our dedicated skin practitioner. They will assess your skin, discuss your concerns, and recommend the best course of action. Options include in-clinic treatments, recommended products, and a specialised skincare routine tailored to you.

Effective Acne Skincare Ingredients

Active ingredients such as salicylic acid, azelaic acid, and vitamin A derivatives (tretinoin and isotretinoin) are highly effective in managing acne. Consultation with a skincare specialist will help you select the most suitable products for your skin type and condition.

Treatments Beneficial for Acne and Acne Scarring

Acne scars can be significantly improved with treatments like:

  • Chemical Peels: These involve applying a chemical solution to exfoliate the skin’s top layers, reducing acne lesions and improving skin texture.
  • Microneedling: By creating micro-injuries in the skin, microneedling stimulates collagen production and enhances the absorption of topical treatments, effectively reducing acne scars and improving skin texture.
  • Light Therapy: LED and blue light therapies help kill acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation, complementing other acne treatments for enhanced results.
  • Extraction and Facials: Procedures like Hydrafacial involve deep cleansing, exfoliation, and pore extraction to keep skin clear and reduce acne breakouts.
  • Injectables: Fillers can smooth out indented scars for a more even complexion.

When It Comes to Managing Acne:

  1. Avoid picking or squeezing: We get it, this is easier said than done, but it can worsen inflammation, spread bacteria, and cause scarring.
  2. Always remove your make-up before bed and make sure your skin is clean!
  3. Don’t over-cleanse or scrub vigorously: Excessive washing or harsh scrubbing can irritate the skin and make acne worse.
  4. Avoid harsh or drying products: Steer clear of skincare products containing alcohol, fragrances, or ingredients that strip natural oils, as they can irritate and aggravate acne.
  5. Don’t skip moisturising: Even if you have oily skin, using a suitable moisturiser is important to maintain skin hydration and prevent excessive oil production.
  6. Don’t forget SPF: Protect your skin from UV rays with a ‘non-comedogenic’  SPF (a product designed not to block or clog the pores) this will help to prevent acne scars and hyperpigmentation. Your skin specialist can advise and support you with finding the best product for your skin type.
  7. Avoid frequent product changes: Give skincare products time to work (at least 4-6 weeks) before switching, as frequent changes can disrupt your skin’s balance.
  8. Changing your pillowcase at least once a week (or more frequently if you have oily or acne-prone skin) can reduce the buildup of these substances and help keep your skin clearer.
  9. Manage stress: Stress can exacerbate acne, so practice stress-relief techniques to help maintain clearer skin.

Start Your Journey to Clearer Skin

Understanding your acne type and choosing the right treatment is crucial. Book a skin consultation with The Academy Clinic to begin your personalised treatment journey today. Our skin consultations require a £50 deposit which is refundable following the appointment or can be redeemed against any treatment or product purchase. 

P.S. We are celebrating the launch of our new skincare offering on Wednesday, July 24th, 2024, at 6:30 PM and we would LOVE you to come! 

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