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 sometimes they can cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (pink acne marks) and indented scarring such as rolling scars and pick-axe scars.
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. Indeed, adult acne is increasingly common in the UK.
There are a number of factors which can cause acne. Generally, acne is caused by the sebaceous glands producing too much oil. In addition, the dead skin cells lining the pores do not shed properly and clog up the follicles. Combined, these two factors create 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 (PCOS), stress or a poor diet.
At the Light Touch Clinic we offer several treatments that are very effective at controlling acne and reducing scarring. In addition, it is importnat that you have an effective skincare regime to regulate oil on the skin and aid the shedding of dead skin cells. 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.
Introduced to the clinic in 2017, Tixel is another fantastic choice when it comes to treating acne. Using pure heat energy, Tixel delivers similar results to CO2 laser treatments but with significantly less discomfort and downtime. Tixel can be used to both treat active acne and remedy the scarring that it can leave behind.