Acne and blemish prone skin is a complex and multifaceted issue, as the causes are vast and can range from hormonal to stress related.
Consulting a dermatologist or your GP is always a great place to start, but in addition there are some highly effective cosmeceutical skincare available in the world of aesthetics, as well as non-invasive aesthetic treatments that can help restore skin affected by acne.
AHAs, PHAs and BHAs
Alpha-hydroxy-acids, Poly-hydroxy-acids and Beta-hydroxy-acids (eg, salicylic acid) are naturally occuring acids usually derived from fermentation of certain sugars, and are highly effective at preventing and treating acne by gently dissolving dirt and skin clogging factors. Salicylic acid at a 2% concentration in a facial wash has been shown to significantly improve acne symptoms. Cosmeceuticals will also incorporate soap free cleansers, which means the skin is not stripped of oil ( which often leads to compensatory over production of oil and acne symptoms)
Often, acne can leave hyperpigmentation (dark marks) and scarring. Retinol and other retinoids can help reverse this pigmentation, and improve the skin texture.
Certain actives can help to minimise the inflammation, ingredients such as chamomile, aloe vera and oat extract are just a few ingredients to look out for in cosmeceutical formulations.
Skin conditioning ingredients
Its important to remember that acne prone skin needs extra care with conditioning, and although it may seem counter intuitive to moisturise, it is still important to condition the skin; ingredients like vitamin E and pro vitamin b5 are great additions to look out for. Choose moisturisers with light formulations with antioxidants
Glycolic acid based peels
Glycolic acid based peels can be used to treat acne scarring and pigmentation. Your aesthetic practitoner can advise if you need a superficial peel or a deeper peel. Usually, the glycolic acid based peels have minimal downtime, if any, and can completely resurface the skin within weeks.
Laser acne treatment can be effective at treating mild to moderate acne. Around five sessions is usually recommended, and has proven effective against all four different types of acne.
Dermaroller® produces thousands of very fine needle columns (0.1mm wide and 1.5mm deep) into the upper surface of the skin. This stimulates the skins natual repair process, which induces new collagen formation and an improved blood supply. This process results in improved skin texture and can reduce acne scarring.
For more information on acne treatment at Revivify London please contact us on 020 3287 2717