What is acne?

Below the surface of the skin are small sebaceous glands that produce oil (sebum) that maintains the skin’s smooth texture. Tiny pores (holes) on the skin allow sebum to reach the skin surface. Sometimes these pores may become blocked with dead skin cells that are shed into the pores resulting in plugs or comedones. If the comedone is black it is known as a blackhead due to the build up of skin pigment and not dirt! If it is white, it is known as a whitehead. Within these blocked pores there may be a build up of bacterium that causes the immune system to react leading to inflammation and redness of the surrounding skin making the spot become larger and filled with pus.

Acne Treatments
Prescription treatments include

- Adapalene
- Azelaic acid
- Benzyl peroxide
- Oral antibiotics
- Oral contraceptives
- Obagi Clenziderm system

However these are not effective once acne scarring has occurred

Types of Acne Scars:

If you had moderate to severe acne, you would probably have the scars to prove it! There are many types of acne scarring:-

Ice Pick Scars: These are deep narrow scars in which the skin appears to have been pierced by an ice pick. Some may give the appearance of a large open pore.

Box Scars: Wider than ice picks, box scars give the skin a pitted appearance. They may be shallow or deep and tend to be found on the cheeks or temples.

Rolling Scars: This gives a wavelike appearance on the skin due to damage under the skin surface.

Treatments for Scarring:

  • Chemical peels are quick and simple and involve an acid-based solution being applied to the face to remove dead skin cells, revealing a refreshed, smoother and blemish free complexion. A chemical peel can help improve acne ice pick and box scarring. By combining dermaroller treatment with a peel the results are even better!

  • A hyaluronic acid based dermal filler is injected beneath the scar to lift the depression. Depending on the depth of the scar a suitable type of filler will be used. At Skin Made Perfect all dermal fillers used are non-permanent. Prior to performing this procedure, a local anesthetic will be applied for your comfort.

  • Skinboosters are deep hydrating microinjections of hyaluronic acid into the skin plumps up the acne scarring as well as improve skin firmness and smoothness. It is recommended that a course of 3 treatments 4 weeks apart is carried out to obtains results.

  • Medical dermaroller therapy stimulates the deeper layer of the skin to produce collagen, which helps to thicken the skin and fill the atrophic scars.