Acne is caused by a clogging of the pores. Bacteria can grow in the trapped oil in the glands and break it down into substances called free fatty acids that irritate your skin. This gives you whiteheads, blackheads, red bumps, yellow pus-filled spots or deep cysts.
Never squeeze or pick acne as this can cause scarring.
Acne is very common in teenagers and more so in some families. In general diet is not a cause of acne. A low GI diet will be beneficial in treating acne.
A topical retinoid often combined with benzyl peroxide is an appropriate start to treat this skin condition. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) therapy is a non-invasive light treatment for acne, reddened skin, visible facial blood vessels, sun-damaged skin and pigmentation, and is even more effective when used with PDT (Photo Dynamic Therapy). It can also be effective for acne scarring, especially red scars.
IPL uses special wavelengths of light to treat damaged skin. The principle is that certain wavelengths of light are absorbed by the areas that need treatment but not by the surrounding healthy cells so this minimises recovery time.
There are many different treatments for acne and for acne scaring.
As everybody has different needs an individual assessment is recommended.
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