There are many treatments for acne depending on the severity. These include: •Glycolic Acid gels and Peels •Benzoyl Peroxide •Antibiotic gels and liquids •Antibiotic tablets •Vitamin A derivatives •Photodynamic therapy
Antibiotics taken by mouth or applied to the skin, are helpful for acne. However resistance to antibiotics may occur in the long term.
Glycolic acid washes, gels and peels are useful for treating active acne. On the other hand, glycolic acid creams may aggravate acne, and should be avoided (as the cream base blocks the oil glands).
Oral Vitamin A derivatives are useful for more severe forms of acne, and produce long lasting improvement. These treatments have a number of side effects, many of which are dose related. Topical Vitamin A derivatives are also useful, but can initially cause irritation.
Other creams (eg- benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid) are also useful.
This is a non-invasive procedure that helps with mild acne and acne scarring. Aluminium oxide crystals are rubbed onto your skin under negative suction pressure removing the top layer of the skin, and “opening up” the acne lesions, stimulating the healing process. Several treatments are needed to obtain the best results, and can be combined with glycolic acid peels.
Hormone therapy such as the oral contraceptive pill may be useful for hormonal acne.
Photodynamic therapy is a non invasive light treatment for moderately severe acne. It involves use of a liquid and then exposure to Blu or red Light. Most people need a few treatments and this can be combined with other therapies. Blu light is safe and is not like ultraviolet light. Blu light does not cause sun damage, wrinkles or skin cancer. Following Photodynamic therapy, the skin is sensitive to sunlight for 48 hours.
In general, it is best to avoid creamy moisturizers and sunscreens. Oil free makeup and gel based sunscreens are better. Avoid vitamin E oil and cream. Our clinic can recommend certain brands of makeup and skin care. We are able to perform all the different treatments at competitive prices
Non greasy oil free cleansers are best. These include: 1.Neutrogena Oil Free Cleanser 2.ASAP glycolic acid cleanser
Heavy moisturizers and sunscreens are best avoided as they cause skin clogging. Oil free moisturizers can be used sparingly. Theses include: 1.ASAP clearskin gel 2.Neutrogena for combination skin 3.Gel based moisturizers.
It’s best to avoid most sunscreens unless they are a GEL BASE. e.g. Ego Sunsense Clear Gel.
If foundation is to be used it should be oil free. Most brands have oil free foundations, which are labelled as “oil free”. Alternatively powders can be used instead of foundation especially mineral powders.