ACNE, BLEMISHES & CONGESTION
Acne, Blemished & Congested Skin: Causes, Prevention and Treatment
Enjoy better skin health and a clearer complexion with our acne treatments
No matter your age, acne can be frustrating, painful, and embarrassing.
The good news is that there are clinically-proven treatments designed to target the deep dermal layers, remove excess oil, reduce inflammation, and clear up congested, suffocating skin.
How does laser light therapy work?
Let there be light!
Medical grade laser technology deeply penetrates the skin to target sebum production and thus reduce inflammation, skin blemishes, and acne.
Different coloured LED lighting targets different skin problems, so it’s important you speak to a qualified dermal clinician to uncover your skin concerns and therefore the treatment most suitable for your needs.
Other suitable acne treatments include skin peels and microdermabrasion, which reduce the accumulation of dead skin cells and built-up bacteria and oil, while promoting renewed skin cell production.
Treatments To Target Acne and Congested Skin
Understanding your skin from the inside, out: discover Vitality’s treatments designed to target acne, blemishes, and congested skin.
What is Acne?
Acne is a skin condition characterised by inflamed skin and excess oil, resulting in surface-level pimples and tender bumps.
Pimples can be painful, and have a drastic effect on one’s self-confidence.
Acne is not dangerous, but it can leave scarring on the face.
What Causes Acne?
A range of factors can trigger acne, from your own genetics to a poor diet or lack of sleep. The following are some of the most common.
Acne itself isn’t hereditary, but an overproduction of skin cells, which can lead to clogged pores, can indeed be attributed to your genes. Additionally, your genetics also play a role in how effective your body is at fighting bacteria that causes acne.
In short, if one or both of your parents had acne (regardless as adolescents or as adults), it’s likely you too will experience it.
Drugs and medication
Certain medications – including the contraceptive pill – can affect hormone levels and as such result in an overproduction of sebum that leads to bacteria growth and clogged pores, resulting in acne.
Transitioning off the pill, too, can lead to acne, as your body’s natural hormones begin to regulate themselves.
The ingredients in your make-up can have an adverse effect on your skin. Avoid
comedogenic ingredients (such as fragrances and dyes) that can clog the skin and lead to infections and breakouts.
Additionally, poor skincare habits can worsen outbreaks. Avoid washing your skin too much (as this can dry it out), don’t share make-up brushes and applicators with others, and as tempting as it may be, do NOT pick at or squeeze breakouts.
You’re likely familiar with the anecdote that acne affects teenagers only. And while it can affect people of any age, you’d be right to assume that it’s proficient in teens.
During puberty, teenagers experience drastic changes in their hormone levels. These changes can cause the oil glands to grow in size, triggering an excess in oil or sebum production that can clog the pores, lead to bacteria growth, and result in acne.
Bacteria that live in the skin’s oil-producing glands can cause red and swollen bumps on the skin.
A specific type of bacteria called Propionibacterium can cause acne breakouts. Most of us have this kind of bacteria on our faces already – and it’s usually harmless.
However when it gets trapped in the skin’s pores, along with excessive oil and dead skin cells, it can lead to blemishes, outbreaks, and acne.
A lot of research has been conducted to discover the link between certain types of food and acne, though findings are mostly still unclear (and ongoing). However, it’s still important to take a look at your ‘big picture’ dietary patterns and see where small but effective changes can be made.
Vitality works holistically and offers naturopathic gut health products as well as advice including how to refine or reduce dairy, gluten, high fat, and sugar consumption.
Up your intake of Omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, zinc, turmeric, and green tea, which may help reduce inflammation. Importantly, drink more water to flush your body from toxins.
Poor sleep hygiene
‘Beauty sleep’ may be cliche, but it’s real! Quality sleep is vital for overall health. It boosts your immune system, improves memory, and strengthens your heart.
With all these benefits (and plenty more) it’s little surprise that a lack of sleep can trigger acne.
Sleep deprivation negatively affects the way your body repairs itself. That can include anything from wound healing to collagen stimulation. A lack of sleep can also result in fine lines and dark circles under the eyes.
Though acne typically starts at puberty, it’s not uncommon to continue into (or even develop in) adult life.
In fact, acne can affect people at all ages – even well into your 40s and 50s.
Just as it affects teens, acne can be triggered by excess oil production, bacteria, and poor diet – no matter your age.
Acne scarring refers to the permanent textural changes to the skin’s surface following severe acne.
Specialised laser treatments and trichloroacetic acid (TCA) medium depth chemical face peels can be used to treat acne scars and improve the skin’s texture and appearance.
Working in the lower layers of the skin, these treatments help stimulate repair and regeneration, and restore your confidence.