At some time in our life, nearly every one of us will suffer from spots, and for many, this is just a part of life due to puberty, hormones, stress or diet and thankfully these acne outbreaks soon disappear. Acne usually starts at puberty, it occurs in both sexes and tends to be worse in those with oily skin. In the teenage years, boys tend to have the most severe cases and women are more likely than men to have some form of acne into their 30’s and beyond. Although acne usually happens in adolescence, about 20% of all cases occur in adults.
Having acne can happen to anyone and celebrities are just as vulnerable as the rest of us. They may have the resources to receive the best medical care, but they still suffer with the same skin problems that the rest of us do, and acne is certainly no exception. It might make us feel slightly better to know that even glamorous film stars and successful models sometimes have to deal with acne.
Prevention is always better than a cure, so to help keep the skin healthy and glowing:
- Drink plenty of water. Many recommend drinking eight glasses of water a day!
- Always wear sun screen. The sun rays are powerful and the skin can dry out without proper protection.
- Wash your face twice a day. Freshen up at the start of your day, but remember to do the same at night, as your skin collects a lot of dirt throughout the day.
- Don’t over exfoliate your skin. Twice a week is plenty!
Scarring can result from untreated acne or any condition that causes a rash, such as chickenpox, where it’s likely you will scratch or pick at the affected areas.
There are various types of acne scars:
- Atrophic scars – they form a depression or sunken area. These scars are caused by acne, chickenpox, surgery and accidents.
- Boxcar scars – these scars have steep, defined edges and resemble chicken pox scars.
- Icepick scars – are deep pits that are usually less than 2mm across, giving the skin an appearance of having been punctured.
- Rolling scars – they can either be broad depressions or shallow indentions in the skin and they have rounded, sloping edges.
- Hypertrophic scars – these are raised and lumpy. Tending to appear on the back and chest, but can also appear on the neck and face. They may decrease in size over time.
Scarring is a natural part of the healing process and certain cosmetic procedures, used on their own or combined, can even out the skin’s surface.
- Acne Scar Laser Treatment
- Medical Microdermabrasion
- Skin Resurfacing/Skin Needling
- SmartXide Co2 Fractional Laser
- Chemical Skin Peel
Powerful fractional laser technology reduces the look of scars without harming surrounding skin. The gentle lasers reach deep down to the collagen level of the skin, and the precise therapeutic laser energy stimulates the production of collagen and elastin fibres. This dramatically improves the appearance of acne scars. In most cases minimal down time, immediate return to normal activities.