What is acne?
Acne is a skin condition that is commonly characterised by red pimples and inflammation of the skin. The condition mostly affects the face, but can also appear on the upper back, shoulders and chest. Although acne is generally prevalent during adolescence, it can have a lasting impact that extends long into adulthood.
What causes acne?
Hormones are the primary cause of acne. The skin condition occurs when hair follicles become plugged up with excess sebum and dead skin cells. The blockage of the follicles often causes an outbreak of red pimples (pustules with pus tips), whiteheads (closed plugged pores) and blackheads (open plugged pores) to appear on the face, or the affected area of the body. Other symptoms include tender bumps (papules), large and solid (nodule) lumps, and painful pus-filled lumps (cystic lesions) that form under the skin.
For some people, acne can persist for decades. Women often experience an acne flare up shortly before their menstruation cycle. The sudden onset of severe acne may signal an underlying disease that requires medical attention. Stress and diet can also worsen the skin condition.
Prescribed acne medications are designed to reduce oil production, speed up skin cell turnover, and also fight bacterial infection. You may not see any signs of visible improvement for four to eight weeks, and the skin condition may get worse before it gets better. It can take up to a year for acne to clear up completely when following a course of medication.
The journey to clear skin begins with an acne prone skin peel. A cocktail of vitamins, peptides, plant extracts and fruit enzymes is used to remove the superficial layer of dead cells that has plugged up the pores. The concentrated acids work on deeper levels of the skin to thoroughly remove excess sebum and scar tissue. The active ingredients in the skin peel exfoliate the skin to reveal brighter looking, fresh new skin.