Clariancy Treatments

Acne and Acne Scars

What is acne?

Acne vulgaris (commonly called acne) is a common skin disease. It is characterized by areas of skin with multiple non-inflammatory follicular papules or comedones and by inflammatory papules and nodules in its more severe forms. Acne vulgaris mostly affects areas of skin with the densest population of sebaceous follicles. These areas include the face, the upper part of the chest and the back.

How commmon is acne?

Acne occurs most commonly during adolescence, affecting more than 85% of teenagers, and often continues into adulthood. For most people, acne diminishes over time and tends to disappear. However, in 7% of cases, some individuals will carry this condition well into their forties and beyond

What causes acne?

The causes of acne are linked to hormonal changes that take place during puberty. The hormones that cause physical maturation also cause the sebaceous (oil) glands of the skin to produce more sebum (oil). The hormones with the greatest effect on sebaceous glands are androgens (male hormones), which are present in females as well as males, but in higher amounts in males.

Sebaceous glands are found together with a hair shaft in a unit called a sebaceous follicle. During puberty, the cells of the skin that line the follicle begin to shed more rapidly. In people who develop acne, cells shed and stick together more so than in people who do not develop acne. When cells mix with the increased amount of sebum being produced, they can plug the opening of the follicle. Meanwhile, the sebaceous glands continue to produce sebum, and the follicle swells up with sebum. In addition, a normal skin bacteria called P. acnes, begins to multiply rapidly in the clogged hair follicle. In the process, these bacteria produce irritating substances that can cause inflammation. Sometimes, the wall of the follicle bursts, spreading inflammation to the surrounding skin. This is the process by which acne lesions, from blackheads to pimples to nodules, are formed.

What can be done for acne?

At Clariancy Aesthetic Clinic, we understand that acne can be a source of psychosocial stress and reduced self esteem. Our doctor will assess your current skin condition and tailor a regime suited to your needs. This regime may involve the use of ointments/creams for mild cases of acne to the use of retinoids or even laser or IPL systems for more severe and resistant cases. In some cases, combined treatment modalities are performed for acne clearance.

The following acne treatments are available at Clariancy Aesthetic Clinic:
  • Topical applications. (skincare products, antibiotics, retinoids)
  • Oral preparations. (antibiotics, retinoids, oral contraceptives for females)
  • Chemical Peels (salicylic acid peels)
  • Intralesional Steroids
  • Intense Pulsed Light
  • Skin Clear SRVH (Long Pulse 1064nm Nd Yag Laser System)

Acne Scars and Pigmented Acne Marks

Depending on its severity and the individual’s scarring tendency, some cases of acne can heal completely without any sequelae. On occasions, acne may result in scarring or hyperpigmentation of the affected areas.

Acne scars are broadly divided into 2 categories:
  • Depressed acne scars. ( Ice pick scars, Box car scars, rolling scars)
  • Hypertrophic acne scars (keloids)
Our treatments for acne scars include:
  • Chemical Peels. (TCA peels)
  • Derma fillers for depressed acne scars.
  • Intralesional steroid injections for hypertropic scars.
  • Skin Clear SRVH (Long Pulse 1064nm Nd Yag Laser System)
  • More-Xel (Fractional Laser Resurfacing)

The above treatment options can improve acne scarring by more than 50%

Pigmented acne marks will mostly fade away with time. It can take 3-6 months or even longer in some instances. If it is too prolonged or if you desire a quicker alternative, we have the following treatments:
  • Lightening/Bleaching facial products.
  • Chemical Peels.
  • Intense Pulsed Light.
  • Trimatrixx for fractional laser resurfacing.

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