Acne is a common skin condition that affects most people at some point in their lives. It causes spots, oily skin and sometimes skin that's hot or painful to touch. It is the most common skin condition with nearly 85% of people experiencing it at some point in their lives. We understand how acne can create such a distressing physical and emotional effect that leaves individuals feeling self-conscious.
During an initial consultation we assess the severity of your acne and tailor an individual treatment plan employing a combination of treatments and products to soothe acne and compose clear skin.
Acne presents itself as:
blackheads – small black bumps that develop on the skin and appear black because the inner lining of the hair follicle produces pigmentation
whiteheads – small white bumps that are similar to blackheads
papules – small red bumps that may feel tender or sore
pustules – similar to papules, but have a white tip in the centre, caused by a build-up of pus
nodules – large hard lumps that build up beneath the surface of the skin and can be painful
cysts – the most severe type of spot caused by acne; they're large pus-filled lumps that look similar to boils and carry the greatest risk of causing permanent scarring
What is acne and why do I have it?
Acne is a form of skin inflammation that develops when sebaceous glands become blocked and infected, leading to swollen, red lesions.
Acne is either non-inflammatory or inflammatory.
Non-inflammatory Acne occurs when sebum and dead skin cells block the pores. It presents itself as blackheads or whiteheads and tends to be painless.
Inflammatory Acne is caused by a hormonal imbalance which causes a surge of sebum production, which will then deposit itself into the follicle. Inflammatory break outs tend to be red and in some cases will have a white “head” to them. Depending upon the severity, they may become hard to touch or very tender.
There are many causes for acne and despite its notorious association with teenagers many adults suffer too.
Certain bacteria thrive on sebum especially whilst situated in a low oxygen environment deep in the follicle. The inflammation triggered is the cause of acne and is a result of the immune system dispensing large amounts of white blood cells.
Research has indicated that stress may result in an increase of hormone production, this has an exacerbating effect on the skin. The body also takes longer to heal while under stress which aids in the development of acne.
Medication is a very common cause of acne and which often arises due to the effect medication has on the creation of sebum. Pre-existing acne is frequently worsened by medication.
Excessive use of heavy cosmetics may encourage an increase in sebum production which can cause greater inflammation.
Cosemetics and chemicals
Puberty, pregnancy and polycystic ovarian syndrome are all common causes of hormonal acne. Acne can be the result of androgen and oestrogen hormones overstimulating the sebaceous glands, which results in excess sebum production.
The excess sebum will mingle with bacteria which will block skin pores, however the bacteria will multiplie within the pores. This causes inflammation which leads to the spots associated with acne.
Pollution and pollutants cause everyday dirt to become confined into skin pores resulting in an inflammation reaction. Mechanical obstruction of skin follicles with helmets or chinstraps can worsen pre-existing acne. Diet may also worsen acne especially if dairy or sugar intake is inordinatley high.
Genetics factors affect susceptibility to acne due to their ascendancy over skin characteristics and basic hormone responses.
Acne susceptibility is likely due to the influence of multiple genes, as the disease does not follow a classic
At Pende Aesthetics our passion is your skin, we understand the effect that acne has on individuals everyday lives and confidence which is why we work our utmost to relive and reduce acne whilst working to prevent future break outs. We cannot cure acne, although, our range of treatments is suitable for tending to all types of acne and acne scarring to significantly improve skin appearance and tone.
The correct treatment for you is dependent upon the severity of your acne which is why we require you to attend an initial consultation. The breadth of treatments required varies greatly since it is also determined by the type and severity of acne you have.
Our Acne Treatments
The combination of treatments administered will specifically reduce the impact of your acne by controlling inflammation and other symptoms. Treatments frequently used in combination to treat acne include High-Frequency and Desincrsutation. High-frequency is a treatment which stimulates, disinfects and heals the skin, while desincrustation is deeply cleansing and suitable for people with congested, combination or oily skin type.
In these services dead skin cells and fatty acids of sebum are softened. This has a cleansing action upon the skin's surface.
Micro-dermabrasion is a non-invasive, non-surgical method of a mechanical exfoliation and skin rejuvenation that creates immediate and visible results to remove blemishes, unclog pores and to remove dead skin cells. This treatment inspires an even skin tone and clear complexion.
Prescription Facials are a tailor made facial treatment plan customised to your skin. We will use a range of treatments and products to cleanse the skin and improve the appearance of your acne that will leave you with a rejuvenated, clear skin tone.
Though single treatments are available, we highly recommend a course in order to obtain the finest results.
Salicylic acid is derived from the bark of a willow tree and is an ideal treatment for anyone that is suffering from mild to moderate acne.
The peel acts as an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agent to reduce inflammation and sebum production.
It helps to control breakouts, whilst reducing redness and improving skin texture. Moreover, it is antimicrobial and effective at releasing hardened sebum to decongest skin and to help prevent further breakouts.