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In-clinic acne treatments unpacked

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It is estimated that nearly 90% of the world’s population suffer from acne at some stage, either on the face, back or chest.

“Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It usually occurs during puberty due to an imbalance in hormones, however, it can also present itself at any time of life,” says the chief executive of Élan Laser Clinics, Anna McCartney. “Severity can vary ranging from a few spots to more significant, painful acne which may cause scarring and affect self-confidence.”

In clinic, potential patients may present with one or a combination of signs of acneic skin, such as whiteheads, blackheads, nodules, cysts, papules, or pustules. “Depending on the acne lesion – especially whether it is inflammatory or non-inflammatory – different treatments are required, as one resolution does not fix all,” continues McCartney. “Persistent or severe acne can be treated to reduce symptoms, prevent a recurrence, and lower the risk of scarring."

There are several treatments to consider offering in-clinic for acne-prone complexions, such as skin peels, which are ideal for adult acne, acne vulgaris and acne cosmetic. Peels can also help tackle the appearance of mild scarring – a common consequence of acne - by encouraging cell turnover.

Hydrafacials are indicated for bacne, adult acne and acne cosmetic. Available for the face and body, this patented technology and three-step system combine a gentle peel, suction-based extraction, and intense moisturising through booster serums.

LED light therapy is recommended for cystic acne, acne rosacea and acne vulgaris. This therapy exposes the skin to different wavelengths of light to non-invasively treat a wide range of concerns. The different wavelengths penetrate different depths and appear as visible colours to the naked eye. Blue light is the most clinically proven and works predominately on the skin’s surface. It is particularly helpful for breakout-prone skin, due to its antibacterial effect.

The Hollywood carbon facial is said to be best for congestion, acne vulgaris and adult acne. During this advanced laser treatment, a laser is passed over the skin and the energy’s attraction to a pre-applied carbon face mask painlessly and physically clears the pores to remove dirt and debris. This effect is then amplified by gentle exfoliation.

Radiofrequency (RF) microneedling is suited to mild acne vulgaris and acne scarring. Microneedling uses tiny surgical needles that cause micro-injuries to the skin. With minimal surface disruption, this stimulates elastin and collagen production, a process that is proven to help with acne scarring. The effect is enhanced when combined with RF technology.

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