The best way to prevent scarring from acne is to either prevent the breakout occurring, or treat it quickly before the scar tissue hardens. If you suffer from acne, you may be using cleansers or lotions to try to clear it up. These products are a drain on your pocket and won’t help to effectively treat your skin condition in order to avoid scarring. If you have been using medication to tackle your acne, you may have suffered from the potentially serious side effects of taking prescription medication. If you really want to avoid scars from these breakouts, then you need to use an effective treatment.
In this article we discuss acne, how it forms, the long term side effects and why it usually results in a scar if left untreated. We look at SublativeTM Skin Rejuvenation to treat active acne before it becomes permanent scarring.
WHAT IS ACNE AND HOW DOES IT FORM?
Acne is the result of blocked hair follicles, that get infected by the Propionibacterium (P.acne) bacteria. The infection makes the area red, swollen and sore. If an infected hair follicle bursts deep in the dermis of the skin, the body acts to repair the damage. A scar is formed if the repair is irregular, which changes the appearance of the skin’s surface. The most common form is called Acne Vulgaris and is linked to adolescence because it is affected by the increase in production of hormones at puberty.
Acne Forms in Four Stages:
- Increased hormone levels trigger increased oil production by the sebaceous glands attached to the hair follicle. The excess oil clogs the narrow shaft of the follicle and forms a plug.
- The hair follicle swells as more oil is produced under the plug. The growth rate of cells lining the hair follicle increases and as they die, they mix with the oil and form a bigger plug called a comedone.
- The plugged hair follicle becomes a target for bacteria called Propionibacterium. The rapidly growing bacteria produce chemicals that irritate the cells lining the hair follicle, making them die quicker and create more debris to plug up the hair follicle.
- Acne vulgaris affects the face, neck, chest and back because these are the areas of the skin with highest number of sebaceous oil glands.
The long term side effects of acne, if left untreated, or treatment attempts are unsuccessful, include a real risk of scars forming, significant psychological distress and a negative impact on self-esteem and confidence.
Early treatment reduces the risk of scars forming. There are various treatment options, however the safest and most effective treatment option available is the eTwo SublativeTM Radiofrequency (RF) Treatment System.
SublativeTM treatment works by using fractionated radiofrequency energy to penetrate deep into the skin. The fractionated ablation zone, vaporises the build up of keratinised cell debris that builds up in the follicle helping to clear and decongest them. The thermal injury zone also affects the sebaceous glands, therefore reducing and controlling sebum production. As well the heat assists in killing the P.acne.
Typically, 4 treatments are needed, 4-6 weeks apart. The best way to get the correct treatment plan is to have your skin condition assessed by one of our skin experts and we offer a free consultation for this. If you have suffered side effects from acne medication or you are tired of wasting your time and money on cleansers and lotions, then come in and see us for an effective treatment regime for your skin.
If you would like to know more about effective treatment for your active acne using SublativeTM technology or to find out about acne scar treatment, at Eden Laser Clinics Skin Clinic, specialist skin clinic Sydney, we offer a free consultation where we can give you personalised information and answer any questions you have. If you already have an appointment, you can easily add a free consultation to your booking.