Acne and Acne Scarring

Trust the professionals at FBW to boost your confidence by minimising the appearance of acne and acne scarring.

Our friendly team of experts are pleased to offer a range of effective treatments for acne and acne scarring. Our treatments are designed to:

  • Quiet active acne
  • Reduce acne flare-ups
  • Minimise the appearance of acne scars

Home care is an important part of acne treatment and skin care, but often-irritated skin requires intervention by a skincare specialist who can provide professional-grade treatments and products.

  • HydraFacial – This is one of the best-loved treatments offered at our practice. It removes impurities and with the help of medical grade antioxidants, improves the tone, texture, and appearance of acne-prone skin.
  • LED Light Therapy – One of the most exciting skincare breakthroughs has been in the area of light therapy. This effective, non-invasive treatment is a revolutionary therapeutic use of light to stimulate cellular function. Light therapy can shorten healing times, relieve pain, quiet active acne, and promote skin rejuvenation.
  • INFINI/MicroNeedling – An effective treatment for reducing wrinkles, microneedling with the INFINI system is a proven process that enhances collagen production. It is extremely valuable for improving acne scars.
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) – IPL is another form of light therapy, sometimes referred to as a photo-facial. It is extremely effective at targeting the pigmented cells that remain active when acne lesions disappear. At FBW, we often recommend that IPL treatments be combined with other methods of acne clearing like the ones mentioned above, as well as with topical products.
  • Cosmeceuticals skin care – Cosmeceuticals is an active skin care formulated with both cosmetic and pharmaceutical ingredients. Available for purchase from the skin experts at FBW, the range contains an elevated percentage of active ingredients including retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids and antioxidants, making them more effective at treating and relieving acne problems than their over-the-counter counterparts.

Types of acne scarring

Many of our patients see significant healing results from following our skin care advice. However, results will vary depending on the individual woman. While many acne scars are caused by patients who pick at their skin, some acne lesions are prone to scarring even if they aren’t touched at all.

One such type of acne lesion is cystic acne. It grows under the skin, where its presence draws white blood cells and enzymes to fight the inflammation it causes. This results in damage to the skin, which tries to heal itself and forms a scar in the process.

Picking at an acne lesion should be avoided. Picking may result in a deep indentation in the skin. It will take much longer to heal and can only be erased with professional treatment.

There are two types of acne scars:

  • Atrophic scars – indentations in the skin. They are sometimes referred to as “ice pick” scars and look more deep than wide.
  • Hypertrophic scars – thick, raised bumps on the surface of skin.

FBW is pleased to offer a number of treatments which involve little to no downtime by our patients unlike ablative modalities commonly used to treat acne such as chemical peels, dermabrasion and CO2 laser resurfacing.

What causes acne?

Acne is caused by inflammation of the hair follicles. The problem begins with a blockage to the opening of the sebaceous glands. These glands naturally bathe your skin in sebum, an oily substance that makes skin healthy and supple.

The blockage creates a condition where there is too much oil. Bacteria living on the surface of the skin begin to digest the oil, causing the skin to become irritated, leading to acne. Acne is made up of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and cysts. Cysts are lumps under the skin. They are filled with pus and other tissue, but do not come to a head. They can cause blotchy, uneven skin colour, pitting, and scarring.

There are a number of contributing factors as to why people are prone to acne:

  • Genes control your body’s autoimmune response. When faced with bacteria and excess oil on the skin, your genetics influence how easily your pores become clogged. A woman can inherit a tendency to produce dead skin cells extremely quickly. If the body can’t shed those cells quickly enough, pores become clogged and acne develops.
  • Hormones and hormonal balance affect the rate at which your sebaceous glands produce oil. Hormone levels fluctuate throughout a woman’s life, with some very dramatic changes happening during puberty. Men also experience hormonal fluctuations. However, their elevated levels of testosterone work to normalise oil production in adulthood, so as they pass out of adolescence they are less prone to acne than women.
  • Cortisol is a stress chemical produced by the adrenal glands. Evidence shows that it is associated with triggering the acne cycle. As a result, many women experience some form of acne and acne scarring in adulthood whenever their cortisol levels rise.

After puberty, a woman’s hormones fluctuate and sometimes trigger acne problems at other stages of her life such as:

  • Menstrual cycle
  • Pregnancy
  • Post-Partum
  • Perimenopause
  • Menopause

Many people believe their diet causes pimples. Your diet is not the cause of your acne, but what you eat can worsen breakouts and increase flare-ups. Other contributors to worsening acne are stress, medications, cosmetic, environmental pollution and picking at your skin. Simple lifestyle changes can have a tremendous impact on the frequency and severity of acne flare-ups, such as:

  • Meditation – Adopting a meditation practice to deal with stress.
  • Try a new hairstyle – Keep your hair clean. The oil from your hair can aggravate acne. Don’t overdo your washing routine, as too much washing will dry out your hair. Also try to keep your hair off your face and neck.
  • Take a hands-off approach – Your hands are covered in dirt and oil. Picking at inflamed skin will only worsen the condition. It can also lead to scarring.
  • Ice – An ice compress can minimise acne swelling and relieve some of your discomfort. Don’t apply ice directly to your delicate skin. Wrap it in a towel or paper towel.

Visit FBW for a clear complexion

If you have questions about acne, acne scarring or anything related to women’s health and beauty, phone our friendly team on (08) 8297 2822.