Acne vulgaris is a common skin condition characterised by spots called blackheads, whiteheads and pustules which can appear on the face, back and chest. Although harmless they can cause much distress and in some cases leave scars called pick-axe scars which look like tiny indentations in the skin.
Acne usually starts in puberty and tends to resolve by the early twenties. However in some people it can persist throughout their 30s and even 40s. Indeed some people who have never had spots and pimples in their youth may develop them in adulthood.
People who get acne are sensitive to a hormone called testosterone, which is present in both men and women. This causes their sebaceous glands to produce too much oil. In addition, the dead skin cells lining the pores do not shed properly and clog up the follicles. The build-up of oil within the follicle creates an ideal environment for the acne bacteria (P-acnes) that lives on the surface of the skin to multiply. This triggers inflammation and the formation of spots.
Acne is often hereditary but can also be a symptom of a hormone imbalance caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome, stress or a poor diet.
At the Light Touch Clinic we offer several treatments that are very effective at controlling acne and reducing scarring. Featured in the Mail Online, one of our most popular treatments for acne and acne scarring is INTRAcel. This treatment uses a combination of microneedling and radiofrequency to destroy acne bacteria, regulate sebaceous glands and repair scarred skin.
Back in 2015, Dr Natalie Blakely won the Best Non-Surgical Makeover award at the MyFaceBodyAwards for her INTRAcel treatment on actress Aisling Knight. You can watch Aisling’s testimonial below.
You can read about our various acne treatments below..