We hear a lot about Acne, but do you know the facts? Read on to find out more.
Acne is a skin condition that typically occurs when the hair follicles underneath the skin's epidermis layer are clogged, usually by dead skin cells and oil.
Acne has been established as one of the most common skin diseases across the globe, affecting as many as a quarter of all adults in the UK. Traditionally, Acne can develop on the chest, upper back and shoulders but more commonly the face, forehead & neck area.
These are the areas where Acne can be the most problematic, due to the unpleasantness of how the condition looks and the risk of Acne Scarring becoming present. Acne & Acne Scarring can have a fundamental impact on a person’s quality of life affecting both:
· Physically - The Acne inflammation and the Acne Scars.
· Mentally/Emotionally – Studies have proven that Acne can lead to complex mental illness such as depression, issues with self esteem/confidence and impaired social functioning.
Acne Scarring can occur when the inflamed pore starts to fill with the excess skin cells and oil causing the follicle wall to break, which in turn, creates the scar in the skin. There are typically 4 different types of scar: ice-pick, boxcar, rolling & keloid scars.
These are usually permanently visible on the skin and as previously mentioned can lead to other conditions. It’s quite common for an acne sufferer to experience a mixture of the types of scars, making treatment complex but not entirely impossible - Especially when under the specialist care of Skinfinity.
Fortunately, there are now highly effective and innovative treatments available in order to reduce the scarring and improve the overall condition of the skin. It's not uncommon to find that no single treatment will work on every person, so a combination of therapies are often needed.
So how can Skinfinity help?
Intracel RF Microneedling: The combination of Microneedling and radiofrequency is well documented to be an effective treatment for acne scarring as well as skin tightening. We use the world renowned Intracel system - Find out more on Intracel here.
EnvyMedical Dermal Infusion - EnvyMedical is a non-Invasive, 3-in-1 dermatological treatment that simultaneously exfoliates, extracts, and infuses skin with specialised serums for an all-inclusive treatment in one step. It is the first and only critically-timed, exfoliation-to-serum treatment technology with optimal-depth delivery for immediate and long-lasting results on all skin types - With no downtime. - Find out more on EnvyMedical here.
PRP: A sample of your blood is taken from a vein in your arm, then spun in a centrifuge for 10 minutes. A part of your blood, called platelets, contains lots of chemicals that are needed to promote healing and production of collagen. The first stage of treatment involved injecting these platelets into the skin – Find out more on PRP here.
Dermapen: This treatment, also know as microneedling, uses tiny needles to stimulate the skin to produce new collagen. This plumps out the skin, reducing the appearance of the scars – Find out more on Dermapen here.
Obagi Skincare: This cosmeceutical skincare range is fantastic for the treatment of acne scarring as well as day to day use. Combined with our Observ skin scanner for dermatological assessment, we can make sound recommendations on our prescription skincare range. We can build a bespoke plan to suit your needs for active acne, scarring and pigmentation. So whatever your needs, we can help. - Find out more on Obagi here.
Subcision: Some scars are stuck down to the deeper layers of the skin, meaning that they don't respond as well to the Dermapen. A special needle is used to release the scars from the deeper layers, helping to lift them up – Find out more on Subcision here.
TCA cross: the final stage of treatment involves applying a tiny amount of a special chemical to the base of the deeper scars. This chemical stimulates collagen production within the indented scar, which helps to fill in the holes. The indented scar then becomes flat , which is easier to disguise – Find out more on TCA cross here.
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