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Acne Treatments

Acne Treatments

Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels and Laser Treatments for Acne

Australian Laser & Skin Clinics offers a range of solutions to combat persistent acne with proven medical options, including laser acne treatments. Our staff consists of a team of fully trained medical professionals who have had many years’ experience in improving the appearance of acne-affected skin. We provide professional, medical-grade laser treatment for acne that is effective and affordable, in addition to microdermabrasion and chemical peels.

Acne can affect all skin types and all ages, and may be caused by a combination of genetics, hormone changes, and health and environmental factors.

Acne can form when:

  • Androgen (male) hormones stimulate excess sebum (or oil) production
  • Excess oil, dry skin and debris combine and become trapped in the pore

Acne bacteria lives naturally on healthy skin but proliferates when pores become blocked. The damage caused by this bacteria, and the associated inflammation, can make the tissues more susceptible to other bacteria (such as staphylococcus aureus).

Acne can be categorised into different grades:

  • Grade 1: Mild blackheads and papules
  • Grade 2: Moderate blackheads, pustules and papules
  • Grade 3: Moderate to severe inflammation, blackheads, pustules and papules
  • Grade 4: Severe inflammation, blackheads, pustules and papules

Blackheads: A blackhead, or open comedo, is a wide opening on the skin with a blackened mass of skin debris covering the opening. This is a widened hair follicle, filled with skin debris (keratin squamae), bacteria and oil (sebum), giving it the blackhead appearance. It is black because it has been exposed to air and has oxidised.

Whiteheads: Whiteheads, also known as closed comedones, are follicles that are filled with the same material, but have only a microscopic opening to the skin surface. Since the air cannot reach the follicle, the material is not oxidised, and remains white.

Papules: Papules are small, solid rounded bumps rising from the skin, each usually less than one centimetre in diameter and not filled with pus (although they can go on to fill with pus later on and become a pustule). They can be quite sore and tender, as they are blocked deep within the surface of the skin.

Pustules: A small inflamed elevation of the skin that was once a papule. They are hard, inflamed and full of pus.

Cysts: This type of acne forms deeper in the skin and will present itself on the surface as a big, red pus-filled bump or cyst. The risk of acne scarring is at its highest from cystic acne. They must be handled with extreme care, and touching them should be avoided.

Acne is not affected by fatty or sugary diets, and is a medical condition that can be successfully treated. Acne can appear anywhere on the body, with the most common areas being the face, chest, back, and upper arms. Fortunately, our treatments can minimise acne in these areas

Acne Treatment Solutions

Australian Laser & Skin Clinics provides a multi-treatment programme to address and prevent all stages of acne formation, providing long lasting and targeted results. All treatments, including our laser acne treatment, are performed by medically trained skin clinicians or registered nurses.

Options include:

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is an effective method which assists in the removal of dead and dry skin cells from the surface of the skin, reducing pore blockage that leads to acne. It is especially effective for the removal of blackheads. Microdermabrasion can also help with the penetration and absorption of active acne skin care products.

Chemical Peels

For a more in-depth acne treatment, chemical peels exfoliate and refine the skin by using active ingredients such as alpha-hydroxy acids (fruit acids), beta-hydroxy acids and enzymes to penetrate deeper into the skin surface. Beta-hydroxy acid peels, also known as salicylic acid peels, are a good option for those with acne, as they target oil and help reduce inflammation associated with acne. For more information on chemical peels, click here.

Skin Needling

Skin needling is a regenerating treatment that works by stimulating the production and distribution of collagen. This is achieved by using multiple needles in various sizes to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, triggering the body’s natural wound healing response. The result is an overall improvement in the appearance of skin, with wrinkles and lines smoothed, acne reduced, and scarring minimised.

Discover the amazing results that skin needling can achieve for acne in the below case study.

Skin Needling Case Study

Sue came to our Oakleigh clinic after her skin began to break out. She wanted a treatment that would help to give her clearer and more youthful skin. Mako, one of our friendly clinicians, recommended skin needling. After just one treatment, Sue experienced fantastic results, with reduced acne and clearer skin.

Sue explains the results in her own words:

“I was hesitant at first, but really wanted to give it a go. I’m so glad that I did because my skin improved dramatically even after one treatment. I love skin needling and I would like to say thank you for advising me to go through with it. Without Mako’s support and encouragement, I wouldn’t have the skin I have today.”

To learn more about skin needling, click here.

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

LLLT has become a popular treatment for those who have exhausted all traditional acne remedies, or for those who want to enhance microdermabrasion or chemical peels with laser acne treatment.

LLLT works with a cold laser that emits a powerful but gentle beam of light to the damaged area. This is absorbed by the cells of the damaged tissue or the area affected by acne, penetrating under the surface of the skin with no heating effect and repairing the inflammation where the acne has formed.

LLLT may be safely used on clients who are taking prescription isotretinoins (Roaccutane / Isotane).

Click here for more information on LLLT.

Combination Therapies

We also offer combination therapies that combine the powers of microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser treatments for acne to create a versatile, potent and results-oriented acne treatment plan. Microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser acne treatment are also effective at targeting and treating post-acne scarring.

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Skin Care

A glycolic acid based cleanser can effectively remove excess oil and dead skin cells, reducing retention hyperkeratosis (clogging within the pore) whilst easily removing make-up and debris.

The use of an exfoliator reduces the accumulation of dead skin cells which can lead to blocked pores, resulting in acne. Exfoliation can assist in decongesting and clarifying these clogged pores.

Topical retinoids (vitamin A) provide a multi-tasking effect to reduce oil production, increase cellular turnover and aid skin repair. These products are recommended to be used during the evening to reduce potential skin irritation.

Daily use of a sunscreen is paramount when receiving microdermabrasion or a chemical peel treatment to reduce post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation and retinoid reaction.

Using an oil-free and mineral based foundation can safely conceal, protect and nurture problem skins without clogging or caking the skin. These are also suitable to use after a laser, microdermabrasion or chemical peel treatment.

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