Acne and Peels

SkinCeuticals Exfoliation Peels

Acne and Chemical Peels

The surface of our skin, especially the face, suffers wear and tear from environmental and hormonal factors and requires routine maintenance. Chemical Exfoliation Peels are one of the most popular, effective methods of rejuvenating the skin. Using a controlled chemical reaction, chemical peels diminish the appearance of fine lines, improves skin tone, and shrinks blood vessels and pores, offering a clear, smooth and younger-looking complexion. They soften fine lines, treat acne scars and improve skin’s texture by removing damaged outer layers to expose the younger-looking skin underneath with excellent results. They are designed to stimulate a fresh appearance and improve fine lines, imperfections and discoloration.
If you suffer from Acne the SkinCeuticals Salicylic Peels really do make a difference. We recommend a course of 6 peels at weekly intervals.
Micropeel 30 glycolic peel is a chemical exfoliation using 30% glycolic acid, to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation, laxity, dullness, and skin imperfections in a series of 4-6 procedures at 2 weekly intervals .
What Causes Acne?
Hormones
For the majority of acne sufferers, outbreaks begin at puberty because the body begins to produce hormones called androgens. These hormones cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge, which is a natural part of the body’s development but for acne sufferers these glands are over stimulated. Androgens are also responsible for acne flare-ups associated with the menstrual cycle and, on occasion, pregnancy.

OilySkin
When the sebaceous gland is stimulated by androgens, it produces extra sebum (oil). Sebum mixes with common skin bacteria and dead skin cells that have been shed from the lining of the follicle. While this process is normal, the presence of extra sebum in the follicle increases the chances of clogging and can cause acne. Stress levels have also affected sebum production and can increase severity of acne.

Bacteria
The bacterium Propionibacterium acnes, (P. acnes for short) are present on all skins and are part of the skins natural sebum maintenance system. Once a follicle is plugged, P. acnes bacteria multiply rapidly, creating the chemical reaction we know as inflammation in the follicle and surrounding skin.

Inflammation
When you are exposed to unwanted bacteria your immune system sends in an army of white blood cells to attack. This is why pimples can be red, swollen and painful. The inflammatory response is different for everyone, but studies have shown that it is especially strong in adult women.

Solution: Dr Lewis offers a free initial consultation to discuss the condition, your history and available treatment options.
It may be that with active acne a course of antibiotics is initially necessary.
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Red scars can be removed using the V Beam perfecta laser ideal for pigment removal.
Please phone Nikki on 01747 812718 for further details or to make an appointment.