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Acne Treatment Brisbane
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Natural Acne Treatments

How To Get Rid Of Pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, blemishes and all forms of acne? The answer depends on the type of acne. We offer a range of physical treatments including Kleresca,  LED light therapy, microdermabrasion, peels, Radiofrequency to help settle your acne without antibiotics or Roaccutane. It is important to start acne treatment early, although it will settle on its own, this can take years, so most people will seek treatment to get clear skin quicker.

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Kleresca

Kleresca acne treatment has revolutionised the approach to moderate to severe and hormonal acne. Advantages include it is the fastest treatment for moderate to severe acne, it is more natural and does not require antibiotics nor Roaccutane.

90% of acne can be settled without the use of antibiotics and Roaccutane, whether is is mild, moderate or severe with cysts and nodules, or hormonal, adult onset.

 

 

No referral necessary. Obligation free assessment with our therapists at the outset to get you on the right path to settle pimples, cysts, blackheads, whiteheads and hormonal acne.

Effective Acne Treatment involves a combination of approaches, including adjusting diet, eliminating aggravating factors, skin care to ease congestion and inflammation as well as in clinic physical therapies to settle all types of acne quickly.  The first step is to grade the severity of your acne, Kleresca is excellent for moderate to severe acne, whereas mild acne can be treated with extractions, peels and LED light. 

We can refer you to a Dermatologist if necessary for treatment resistance or severe cystic acne. 

At our acne clinic, we provide therapies to settle your acne quickly. We believe it is best to use physical methods if at all possible. Antibiotics cause resistance, upset your gut bacteria and Roaccutane should not be the first port of call. If you have severe cystic acne, this may be an option, but for 90% of people, anti-acne diet, skin care and combinations of physical treatments are effective to get rid of pimples.

Avoid using oral antibiotics for acne when possible. ( Australasian College of Dermatologists recommendation) See below link to The Teenage Anti-Acne Diet. A diet which was researched and shown to reduce acne by up to 50%.

Kleresca Acne Treatment?

Kleresca is considered a natural treatment; it involves the use of a gel applied to your skin that is activated by blue light. Until recently only mild acne could be handled without prescription medication. Kleresca has changed this. The system is called BioPhotonics as the gel is converted when exposed to blue light to an active acne therapy.

Kleresca involves a course of 12 treatments, performed twice per week over 6 weeks. It is the quickest way to settle acne and treats moderate to severe acne (cystic) without Roaccutane. Cost for Kleresca is $200 per treatment.

Your skin is in good hands at SkinRevision; our aim is to provide non-medical treatment alternatives for acne with physical therapies, diet and advice to treat not only acne but prevents acne scarring.

Call Us on 3350 5447 To Book An Obligation Free Assessment At Our Acne Clinic.

Other Therapies For Acne Treatment

LED light therapy – is very effective for killing the bacteria responsible for causing pimples. First introduced by Omnilux, blue light therapy reduces the acne bacteria in the skin and reduces inflammation and breakouts. Red and blue acne light phototherapy is a non–laser light delivered by light emitting diodes. The blue light wavelength 415nm activate the acne causing bacteria P.acnes to release chemicals known as Porphyrins. The porphyrins, in turn, kill the bacteria. The red light stimulates collagen production, reduces inflammation and speeds healing, reducing the risk of scars.

Combinations of treatments can include prescription vitamin A, peels, microdermabrasion and skin care is effective to get rid of pimples. It is beneficial for all skin types. The recommended course is ten treatments performed weekly.

Microdermabrasion For Acne: Microdermabrasion combined with peels and LED light therapy is beneficial to clear blocked pores and allow healing. These can be combined with extractions.
Peels for Acne:Exfoliation with facial peels helps settle pimples by unblocking pores, removing dead compacted skin cells. Peels are often combined with microdermabrasion and LED light therapy. Only $85 for skin analysis and peel.
Acne Extraction Facials: Correctly performed extractions physically unblock your pores to allow pimples to settle. Extractions combined with a peel and LED light therapy to provide a non-medical treatment which will get rid of pimples, blackheads, whiteheads. Suitable for all grades of acne. Only $85 for skin analysis and extraction facial.
Skin Care – Acne cream: There is a range of skincare that is used to treat acne; you do not need to pay a fortune, you just need to make sure the ingredients have a science base. We recommend DermaEnergy as an Australian, science based affordable skin care.

Call us a FREE assessment for acne treatment. 3350 5447

Acne Treatment According to Type

Acne treatment begins with an assessment of the type of acne, the severity, where on the body it is present. In teenagers especially acne can cause emotional distress and this makes it critical to start acne treatment early.
Mild acne: Can include non-inflammatory or inflammatory lesions. Mostly blackheads and whiteheads (comedones) with fewer than 10 papules and no scarring. This can be treated with skin care, extractions, peels or microdermabrasion and light therapy.

Moderate Acne:Predominantly papules (papules >10), can have any number of comedones, but less than 3 nodules. There may or may not be acne scarring. We recommend Kleresca for moderate acne, as long as you do not have contraindications to using this.

Severe acne:Predominantly nodules or cysts > 3. There can be any number of comedones and papules, scarring present. We recommend Kleresca as long as you do not have a contraindication to its use.

Cystic Acne:Also known as severe acne, this type consists mainly of deep nodules, leads to severe scarring if untreated as well as significant emotional toll. Except for severe cases of cystic acne Kleresca provides a treatment to rapidly settle cystic nodular acne.

Non-inflammatory Acne:This simply refers to blackheads and whiteheads. These cannot be treated with Kleresca, but respond well to peels and extractions.
Inflammatory Acne: Pimples, papules, pustules and cysts, for moderate to severe inflammatory acne Kleresca is indicated, for mild acne peels, skin care, diet and LED therapy.

Hormonal Acne:Is a term applied to acne that occurs in women around the time of menstruation, although all acne has a hormonal basis. Moderate to severe hormonal acne responds well to Kleresca.

Adult Acne:35% of adults develop acne. This acne may be due to malfunctioning of some sebaceous glands. Adult acne can be treated with Kleresca or for milder forms the range of treatments our acne clinic offers.

Back Acne:Sometimes known as bacne has the same basis and is treated the same way as for face acne. Kleresca can be used on the back. Our Acne clinic operates after school and on Saturdays.
Chest Acne:Another form of body acne, also treated identically, Kleresca effective for treatment of chest acne.

Other Acne Treatment

Women can use some forms of contraceptive pills that help reduce acne.
EMatrix radiofrequency can be used to treat acne as well as acne scarring, so it is ideal to use as the acne is settling, to speed healing and to resolve scars. Our therapists provide a range of treatments under the supervision of Doctors in our acne clinic.

Kleresca Acne Treatment
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Before Kleresca acne therapy
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Kleresca 6 weeks.
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Kleresca 12 weeks
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18 weeks
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Kleresca 33 weeks
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Kleresca 45 weeks
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Before Kleresca

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Female patient with severe facial acne: 

A 21-year-old female who until recently used to have a ‘perfect’ skin. She recently began to develop an eruption of nodular acne which became more aggressive 4 months prior to commencing Kleresca®. She is delighted with the effect of Kleresca® on her skin.

Baseline (Before treatment): Full face images of a female patient with severe facial acne with the presence of nodules.

6 Weeks Treatment

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Week 6 (End of treatment): Reduction in inflammatory acne and size of nodule

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12 Weeks

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Evidence of healing in areas of inflammatory acne.

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Week 18

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Week 18: Marked reduction of active nodular acne and erythema as well as healing of ulcerated areas.

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Week 45

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Week 45: Sustained clearance of nodular acne and further improvement of post inflammatory erythema evidence of active acne. 

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Week 57

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Week 57: Sustained clearance of nodular acne, 2 new acne lesions visible

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Acne Treatment

There is a myth that oily foods and chocolate make acne worse. There is no evidence that this is true. There are however foods that have been shown to improve acne. So what diet should you follow to get rid of pimples?

 

What foods are believed to help reduce acne?

Research has shown that a diet low in carbohydrates and relatively high in proteins helps reduce acne blemishes.
Avoid refined sugars and low GI carbohydrates (lollies, fizzy drinks, white sugar and bread) and include enough quality protein in your diet.
Omega 3 fatty acids contained in fish, nuts, seeds and oils are believed to reduce the obstruction of oil glands.
Include olive oil, avocado, nuts and fish in your diet or try flaxseed oil supplements to reduce obstruction.
Include antioxidant-rich foods in your diet to assist the skin’s immunity and protection against infection. They also provide nutrients for your gut bacteria.
Fresh fruit and vegetables and green tea boost skin protection.

The teenage anti-acne diet.

Does chocolate cause acne?

No, in fact, good quality chocolate because it is rich in antioxidants and healthy oils may help protect your skin. Avoid lower quality chocolates with excessive sugar.

Understanding what causes acne will help you understand the treatment regime your Doctor prescribes, as ideally acne treatments should address all of the underlying causes.

 

Acne – 4 factors that contribute to blemish formation

1. Increased oil production in the sebaceous (oil) glands- under the influence of hormones.

2. Increased cell production in the oil glands, accumulation of dead cells causing blockage of the gland. This allows the oil in the sebaceous gland to build up causing blackheads when the pore remains open or whiteheads when the pore opening is closed.

3. Bacterial infection with Propionibacterium acnes (or P. acnes) which grows in the oil-rich blocked gland.

4. Inflammation occurs because of the bacterial infection causing redness and swelling- papules. Eventually, the gland can rupture under the skin, this causes intense inflammation and formation of pustules-pimples. If the blockage is deeper in the skin cystic nodules form.

There is no miracle cure for acne; however, a thorough treatment plan with skin care, prescription treatments and physical therapies can settle acne and prevent scarring. 

 

  • Severe acne requires referral to a dermatologist.

 

The basic essential step in treating acne is to adopt a good skin care plan that will address the underlying factors that cause blemishes. In people with mild acne, a good acne skin care plan may be all that is required to keep blemishes under control. Once you have moderate to severe acne physical treatments will also be required.

Do not squeeze pimples unless you have a correct extraction tool. Or better still leave it to the experts with extraction facials.

Acne skin care program.

1.Cleansing your skin is important, especially removing makeup.
Any cleanser which is gentle. Avoid using scrubs or scrubbing the face. Excessive scrubbing or over cleansing will worsen acne.

A gentle cleanser to remove oil build up, makeup and dirt from the surface of the skin, preparing it for any active ingredients you apply. The cleanser should not be overly drying and should ideally be at a ph approximating that of the skin.

2.  Salicylic Acid or BHA, an exfoliating agent that is oil soluble and penetrates into pores, to help unblock the obstruction and helps reduce blackheads and get rid of pimples.
3. Niacinamide is an essential ingredient to help reduce inflammation from pimples, papules and pustules.
4. Retinol – Vitamin A component which stabilises cell turnover and reduces dead skin in the pores to unblock and clear pimples & blackheads.

We recommend Dermaenergy as an affordable, science-based skin care line. It is Australian made. If you enter the code Skinrevision10, you will get a 10% discount on your Dermaenergy products.

3. Sunscreen- a gel based or non-pore obstructing sunscreen

Acne skin care can also include:

• Non-prescription disinfectants benzoyl peroxide or tea tree oil
• Prescription topical antibiotic creams or retinoids.

The first and often overlooked step in acne treatment is to eliminate factors that worsen it. People battle with acne blemishes, often not realising that the skin products they are using may be continually aggravating their acne.

Skin Products that aggravate acne

Creams and oils aggravate acne by blockage of the pores, including sunscreens containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. It is best to choose a lotion or gel for sun protection if you are troubled with acne.

 

Does makeup worsen acne?

 

Young women with acne sometimes wear heavy makeup in an attempt to disguise the blemishes; however this almost certainly will be worsening the acne. The good news is you can wear makeup if you have acne; however the selection of type becomes very important.

Do not use cream makeup foundations if you have acne

 

  • Mineral makeup is the only acceptable alternative.

 

  • Never go to sleep with makeup on.

 

  • Never exercise with makeup on.

 

Do not use any harsh or irritating skin-care products if you have acne

The temptation with acne is to over clean or scrub the face because you feel you want to get your face clean. However, this will be making your acne worse.

  • Use a gentle cleanser. Over cleaning stimulates oil production and worsens the underlying cause. Using a hydrating face wash gives better results in reducing acne.

 

  • Do not use soaps. They contain products that can block the pore and often have a high ph that disrupts the natural protective layer of the skin, and potentially increase the presence of bacteria inside the pore.

 

  • Do not use products that contain overly abrasive scrub particles or astringents. These can all hurt the skin, cause irritation and stimulate oil production.

 

Products containing irritating substances aggravate acne.

 

  • Do not use products that contain alcohol or witch hazel; both are drying and cause irritation, disrupting the skin’s protective layer and potentially increasing the risk of bacterial infection.

 

  • Do not use products that contain irritating essential oils menthol, peppermint, and camphor, eucalyptus, lemon or grapefruits oils. These ingredients are extremely irritating and impair the skin’s ability to heal itself and prevent infection.

 

 

 

Have you got pimples along your hairline? It may be hair product causing them, and you need to go back and check how and what you are using and try something different.

Hair products that can cause breakouts.

• Shampoos or conditioners that contain conditioning agent- proteins, silicones, quaternium, or polyquaternium.
• Shampoos or conditioners that contain thickening agents -such as cetyl alcohol or stearyl alcohol.

Keep these products away from the skin

• Styling products such as hairsprays, gels, and mousses that your get onto your skin can clog pores, so make sure they stay on your hair.
• Styling waxes and pomades contain thickeners, waxes and oils that clog pores.
• Using too much conditioner especially if it meant to be moisturising, try just applying it to the ends of your hair.

What to do if you think your hair product is causing breakouts

• Change your shampoo and conditioner and be sure to keep styling products away from your skin.
Treat these breakouts the same way as you would breakouts anywhere else
• Gentle cleansing,
• Exfoliate with salicylic acid (BHA) product.
• Disinfect with your skin with LED light therapy, or for isolated spots try a dab of tea tree oil.

 

Treating blackhead with conventional treatments of pore strips, scrubs and facials will not work, except to temporarily extract the contents. Blackheads are caused from a build up of sebum (oil) in the skin pores and blockage of the pore with exfoliated dead skin cells. Being open to air, the sebum and clogged material oxidise and turns dark. Hence the term blackhead.

Salicylic Acid Exfoliates The Pore

BHA (beta hydroxy acid) or Salicylic Acid is oil soluble so it will penetrate the oil in the oil gland and exfoliate the contents and pore lining.

We sell a very good Salicylic acid gel: Cost $42 for 118ml. This can be applied once or twice daily and progressively exfoliate the surface and skin pore. It is safe to use long term as part of skin routine.

We offer you a free assessment with our Doctors, Nurses and therapists for you to discuss your concerns and treatment options.

Acne, enlarged pores, blackheads and whiteheads are all caused by problems with skin pore function. Men and women both get enlarged and congested pores. It tends to be hereditary with higher occurrence in men.

Enlarged pores are caused by overproduction of oil and skin cells inside the pore. The pores become clogged with accumulated sebum and dead cells and slowly enlarge. Salicylic Acid is an oil-soluble skin treatment that can help exfoliate pores and improve the cosmetic appearance of facial skin.

Enlarged pores can be treated with radiofrequency resurfacing (eTwo, eMatrix), laser, TCA cross for severe cases mixed with acne scarring.

What Is Acne?

Acne affects 75% of teenagers and up to 30% of adults. It can be hard to manage and cause emotional problems, especially in younger people. In severe cases and left untreated it can cause scars. All acne has a standard component, and that is obstruction of the pilosebaceous (hair/ oil) gland with a build up of oil in the gland.

The different elements to acne are:
1. An increase in sebum ( oil) production, which is hormonally regulated.
2. Blocking of the sebaceous gland with dead skin cells and a build up of oil.
3. Infection and inflammation.

Blackhead, whiteheads, papules, pustules and cysts

Once the oil gland is blocked, and obstructed, sebaceous material accumulates to create the acne blemish.

1. If the blemish is open to the surface it becomes a blackhead (open comedo);
2. If the blemish it closed it becomes a whitehead (closed comedo).
Blackheads and whiteheads (milia) are a form of non-inflammatory acne.

3. If it is blocked and obstructed and becomes infected it is a pimple (papules, pustules). Cystic acne develops when the oil gland is located deeper in the skin.

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