Acne is just the worse. Between the extra effort spent in the mornings carefully layering on concealer and foundation, the double/triple cleanse when you get home to ensure you don’t get even more acne and the dozens of creams and ointments you apply to prevent/treat those pesky breakouts, it is an understatement that having acne is incredibly high maintenance. The worst part is, acne doesn’t necessarily end after you’ve passed your teenage years. Adult acne can last up until your 50s; and the potential scars they leave behind forever.
Acne, both inflammatory and non-inflammatory, can appear in several forms and are caused by different reasons. Non-inflammatory acne includes whiteheads and blackheads, which occur when a pore is clogged by a combination of sebum and dead skin cells. Inflammatory acne refers to pimples that are red and swollen, and occurs as a result of trapped dead skin cells and bacterial infections that happen deep beneath the skin’s surface. Cystic acne, which is a form of inflammatory acne, can occur due to hormonal imbalances or a combination of bacterial infection and clogged pores. This type of acne is the most susceptible to scarring – from boxcar to ice pick to rolling scars.
Whichever type of acne you suffer from, we know it is not easy, especially living in an age where we are constantly exposed to images of perfect skin. Besides, given a choice, who wouldn’t want clear and blemish-free skin anyway? Not us, and especially not when we have science on our side! Superficial acne can be easily treated with a combination of mild chemical peels and microdermabrasion to help unclog pores, while severe acne sufferers can consider laser treatments to help accelerate collagen production and shrink over-active sebaceous glands. Chromotherapy, or light therapy, is another effective method that uses blue light to kill acne-causing bacteria and red light to simulate collagen and elastin in the skin.
Enter Privé Aesthetics, the award-winning medi-spa we know and love for its myriad of treatments backed by the latest in science and technology. When it comes to dealing with acne, they’ve got you sorted with several programs that specifically target, treat and prevent those zits from rearing its ugly head (pun intended). Here are some treatments you can consider:
Performed only by certified and trained doctors, this laser procedure helps to control acne by regulating oiliness and zapping blemishes. The laser basically simultaneously resurfaces and replenishes your skin – think a gentle exfoliation that helps to slough off the rough and damaged outer layer of dead skin cells to reveal new, healthy skin. This is also a good treatment option for those suffering from superficial scarring.
Omega Light Purifying Facetherapy
Utilising medical-grade light technology to kill bacteria and improve skin’s healing, this treatment option cleans and clears out problematic skin using blue light technology to target acne-causing bacteria without affecting the healthy surrounding tissue. This is a great option for acne sufferers who want a treatment that does not require additional medication or downtime.
Sexy Back Peel with Phototherapy
If you also suffer from bacne (acne on the back), you can consider Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT) as a treatment option. The skin on our backs is much thicker than that of our face, which makes breakouts that occur there more stubborn and difficult to treat with normal creams or topicals, not to mention that it is an area that is harder and trickier to reach! Plus, the pores on our backs are larger, making it more susceptible to inflammatory-type acne – the hardest form of acne to treat. PDT then comes into play as it delivers a unique blue light wavelength that creates a highly toxic environment for acne-causing bacteria, eventually inducing bacterial death and leaving you with clear, beautiful skin. If you’ve always shied away from backless dresses because of your bacne, it’s time to embrace technology and not let anything stop you from rocking those gorgeous outfits.