Treatment and prevention of acne
We have a wide range of skin care treatments at the clinic , but I believe that before embarking on a journey of restoration with in-house treatments, it is critical to establish a good skin care regimen at home in order to optimize results.
During the initial consultation, I like to cover the following topics: Previous medical history, Medication history, Hormones, Make-up, Current skincare regimen, Lifestyle-including Sleep pattern, Stress, Diet, and nutritional supplements
Acne may be caused by genetics or a hormonal imbalance, but all of the above are factors.
The general principles of treatment are the same regardless of the cause of acne. When skin does not exfoliate as it should, dead cells accumulate on the surface and within the pores. When dead skin cells combine with trapped oil, pores become clogged, resulting in blackheads and whiteheads. Surface bacteria on our skin can then contribute to the development of infected spots. The oils and inflammation can set off an immune response in which the body mounts an aggressive response, resulting in severe acne.
Acne of any severity will necessitate a good skin care regimen, but some will necessitate the addition of in-clinic treatments or even oral medication.
The skincare routine consists of the following steps:
1. Cleansing skin should be cleansed with ZO exfoliating cleanser in the morning and evening. This cleanser removes oil and cleanses the skin thoroughly without removing the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Wash with lukewarm water instead of hot water, as hot water stimulates oil gland activity. The skin should be washed for 60 seconds because this is how long it takes to remove surface oils and dirt and debris.
2. Exfoliate with the ZO dual action scrub. It is critical to keep the pores open so that oil and dead cells can naturally exit the pore. It is critical to scrub for 45 seconds once a day, either in the morning or evening. The dual-action scrub contains salicylic acid and lactic acid, which aid in the dissolution of dead cells, oils, and debris in the pore while the physical grains scrub them away.
3. Oil control-oil control or complexion renewal pads, which are soaked in salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and mandelic acid to dry up the oils, can be used to control the amount of oil produced in the glands.
NEVER USE MOISTURIZER
The first three steps are critical for anyone who is prone to outbreaks, beginning with the first hormonal spot at the age of ten and continuing onwards.
There are additional steps we can take as the severity of spots or acne worsens.
4. Exfoliating accelerator-for extra exfoliation, it has higher strength glycolic acid for that extra oily skin, which then improves topical agent penetration. Anti-inflammatory properties help to soothe damaged skin.
5. Acne control with extra fine benzoyl peroxide designed to penetrate the pores, kills bacteria while also normalizing surface oil.
6. Daily power defense-an an antioxidant cream that is both hydrating and healing for everyone. This cream promotes natural DNA repair while also increasing collagen and hyaluronic acid production and replenishing lipids to improve skin barrier function.
7. Conceal and correct- a concealer with salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and Manuka honey extract for maximum anti-inflammatory properties.
Retinol is a type of vitamin A. Vitamin A is required for proper skin function. Roaccutane, a tablet containing oral vitamin A, is used to treat severe acne. As a result, in its topical form, it is extremely effective at reducing oil production and improving skin health. Retinol can be combined with a skin lightening agent to remove the pigmentation marks caused by spots.
9. Sulphur mask-this natural clay-based formula with 10% sulfur is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, absorbs surface oils and soothes irritation. This can be used in a variety of ways, including as a face mask for 20 minutes in the evening three times a week, or for two hours every night for two weeks if things are bad. You can even sleep with a blob in a specific location overnight.
Dr. Hill offers free skincare consultations to help you navigate the maze of options.
Additional in-clinic treatments can also help accelerate your recovery, with a variety of services available:
1.Hydrafacial-a lymphatic drainage, deep cleansing, and exfoliation facial, peel solution with extractions, serums, and LED light therapy .
2.Needling of the skin for minor textural damage. The needles cause micro-trauma, which the body responds to by increasing collagen and elastin synthesis.
3.Fractora (Radiofrequency Skin Needling)-needling combined with heat is even more effective for scarring.
4.Tixel-A hot titanium plate with tiny cones causes micro-traumas combined with heat, similar to needling; it is an excellent treatment for textural issues, pores, and scarring.
5.LED light therapy-blue light kills bacteria and LED lights to promote healing and stimulate collagen and elastin production.
Skin peels remove dead skin cells, dissolve debris in clogged pores, and remove excess oils. Depending on the strength of the peel and the indications, different peels can remove the epidermis to varying degrees. Peels that are very strong can remove layers all the way down to the dermis.
We should also think about feeding our skin from within. Nutritional supplements can help you get back to having good skin. Acne can be caused by a zinc deficiency, so we should take a zinc supplement. Vitamin B3 reduces oil production, and Omega 3 is anti-inflammatory. Proclear, from our Zenii skincare line, is the ideal acne supplement because it contains all of these ingredients, as well as additional antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
There is no quick fix for many acne problems; it is a journey with so much you can do and so much we can assist you with. Begin your journey right now.