Acne is a common skin condition that frequently affects teenagers and young adults of both sexes. However, adults of all ages from mid twenties through to mid fifties are increasingly affected and troubled by congested skin, blocked pores and skin blemishes. Acne is caused by the body’s increased production of the hormone androgen (produced by both men and women), which stimulates the sebaceous glands to produce more oil.
The increased production of oil causes the pores to become blocked, so that the oil cannot come into the skin surface. The acne itself is an infection caused by skin bacteria that feed on and break down this oil. As the bacteria multiply, waste products and sebacic acid are created, and the sebaceous gland becomes inflamed – causing what is known as a blackhead, a whitehead or a pimple.
Acne occurs in different forms depending upon the severity:
In spite of treatments acne tends to be persistent. It is not possible to prevent acne but one should always see a doctor who helps you to understand and manage the condition with a combination of medications- oral, topical and treatments to prevent the worst outcome of acne –the acne scars.
The presence of acne is often influenced by the following factors:
For the majority of acne sufferers, outbreaks begin at puberty because the body begins to produce hormones called androgens. These hormones cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge, which is a natural part of the body’s development but for acne sufferers these glands are over stimulated. Androgens are also responsible for acne flare-ups associated with the menstrual cycle and, on occasion, pregnancy.
When the sebaceous gland is stimulated by androgens, it produces extra sebum (oil). Sebum mixes with common skin bacteria and dead skin cells that have been shed from the lining of the follicle. While this process is normal, the presence of extra sebum in the follicle increases the chances of clogging and can cause acne. Stress levels have also affected sebum production and can increase severity of acne.
The bacterium Propionibacterium acnes, (P. acnes for short) is present on all skins and is part of the skin’s natural sebum maintenance system. Once a follicle is plugged, P. acnes bacteria multiply rapidly, creating the chemical reaction we know as inflammation in the follicle and surrounding skin.
When you are exposed to unwanted bacteria your immune system sends in an army of white blood cells to attack. This is why pimples can be red, swollen and painful. The inflammatory response is different for everyone, but studies have shown that it is especially strong in adult women. Fortunately, you have options! There are many kinds of acne treatments available. Like you, acne is highly individual and response to treatments does vary from person to person. Often several treatments are recommended in combination. We offer an extensive range of acne treatments and will advise on the most suitable procedure for you and your skin.
Orchard Skin Clinic offers a range of successful acne treatments to leave your skin clear and blemish free.
Do not expose the skin to UV light (sun exposure and/or the use of tanning beds) or self tanners for at least 4 weeks prior to your appointment.
Try to avoid moisturisers or perfumed products in the area 24 hours prior to your appointment.
If the treated area is often exposed, please apply an SPF 50 daily as a moisturiser, regardless of the weather.
Avoid heavy exfoliation, microdermabrasion or chemical peels for 2 weeks prior to your appointment.
Please inform your aesthetician of any complications or changes to your medication prior to your appointment
Do not apply pressure or hot water to the treated area within 48 hours of procedure.
SPF necessary whilst in sunlight, and facial moisturisers are advised to keep your skin healthy after the treatment.
Avoid heavy or strenuous exercise for 24 hours post treatment.
Avoid using heavily perfumed products in the treated area for around 24 hours post treatment
You are able to apply makeup immediately after the treatment if required – however we would advise staying make-up free for 24 hours if possible.
Orchard Skin Clinic has medical grade, clinically proven equipment and products to complete the task. More importantly we really understand how laser light works and interacts with the skin. OurCutera XEO system and our unique skin care range that is designed specifically to tackle acne and post acne scarring and pigmentation.
Our two locations, Orchard Skin Clinic in Cambridgeshire and The Chelmsford Private Day Surgery Hospital, both benefit from being located within quiet, calm and tranquil environments.
At Orchard Skin Clinic we offer a variety of skin rejuvenation and corrective treatments to address many different skin conditions.
Our technologically advanced Laser equipment enables us to successfully treat men and women of all age groups and skin types who would like to improve or enhance their skin health, with very little or no downtime.
85-89 New London Road,
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47 Aldreth Road,
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