What is acne
For reasons unknown, follicles of the skin overproduce cells sometimes resulting in them becoming blocked. Each follicle contains a hair and an oil gland which produces sebum (oil). Dirt and bacteria start to build up resulting in plugs or comedones.
If the comedone is black it is known as a blackhead; if it is white, it is known as a whitehead.
Inflammatory acne can occur if a break occurs in the wall of the follicle. Pimples, papules and cysts can be formed. This can occur spontaneously or by picking or touching the skin
Acne Scarring Treatment:
Prescription treatments include
- Azelaic acid
- Oral antibiotics
- Oral contraceptives
- Obagi Clenziderm system
However these are not effective once acne scarring has occurred.
Types of acne scars:
Before and After *
Types of Acne Scarring Treatment
Medium strength chemical
|What is it? A chemical peel reacts with the very top layer of the skin causing it to come away, revealing a healthier, smoother and a blemish free complexion underneath. As the skin heals, new cells are made and there is greater collagen production resulting in a youthful and rejuvenated look. TCA peels (trichloroacetic acid) of 20-30% can be used for full face resurfacing or to improve acne ice pick and box scars. Combining this with a dermaroller treatment results in even greater cell growth and reorganisation of the skin, leading to healthier skin layers.|
|Cost from: £200 per treatment|
Obagi Blue peel
|What is it? A low dose of the chemical trichloroacetic acid (TCA) mixed with a special blue base is tailored to your skin’s specific needs by controlling the depth of the peel and the number of coats. This removes thin layers of aged skin and damaged skin from the face and other parts of the body. It is a simple procedure lasting around 20 minutes. The skin then starts to peel within 2 to 3 days and can last up to 10 days. Not only is this peel highly effective in removing acne scars, after the skin has finished peeling a dramatic improvement in the complexion of the skin will be noticed and will continue to improve over 4 to 6 weeks. It can be repeated every 6 to 8 weeks until the desired goals are reached.|
|What is it? A fine needle is used to inject filler into the atrophic scar to lift the depression. Many types of fillers can be used and are not usually permanent. The procedure is usually painless as local anaesthetic is applied in advance.|
|Cost from £150|
|What is it? The fillers used are based on hyaluronic acid and are injected deep into the dermis of the skin. It restores hydrobalance of the skin, plumps up acne scarring, improves elasticity and structure. Usually 4 treatments are needed every four weeks. Full results are usually obtained after all the sessions are completed.|
|Cost from £250|
|What is it? The medical dermaroller uses a special micro needling process to stimulate the production of the body’s own collagen. The new collagen fibres thicken the skin and fill atrophic scars.|
|Cost from £200|
Obagi Nu-derm system
|What is it? The Nu-Derm System is an anti-ageing therapy specially formulated to penetrate below the skin’s surface to transform cell functions at the cellular level and correct the skin damage within, revealing healthy, younger-looking skin.|
|Cost from £85|
*Treatments are bespoke for every individual and results may vary.