Acne can generally be divided into two main categories – Non-inflammatory and Inflammatory.
Blackheads, also known as open comedones, present themselves most commonly on the nose, inner cheeks and chin areas as black spots, that may also be referred to as ‘enlarged pores’. They are caused by a build-up of trapped sebum (naturally occurring oils in the skin) and skin cells that block the skins pores. Blackheads can be treated with good skin care, regular exfoliation and various professional treatments such as microdermabrasion, mandelic peels or extractions, depending on the severity.
Whiteheads, also known as closed comedones, occur similarly to a blackhead, however, instead of being open, there is a thin layer of skin enclosing the trapped sebum and skin cells giving it the white appearance. This type of pimple is more common in a slightly oiler skin type and can easily be treated with low grade peels, or products containing AHA & BHA exfoliants.
Papules/Pustules, also known as blind pimples. These can both be slightly painful and bumpy in appearance. Things such as not removing make-up properly, using dirty makeup brushes and sleeping on a dirty pillowcase can lead to these occurring. They can easily be treated with a combination of good hygiene, a thorough cleansing and homecare routine and incorporating a toner or blemish clearing serum into your daily routine.
Cystic Acne is most commonly caused by a deep, underlying infection within the skin and can be horrible for anyone suffering from it. A lot of the time cystic acne is hormonal, but the good news is, it CAN be treated with a combination of a good and thorough skincare routine at home and more intensive professional treatments such as IPL for Acne Clearance, A-Zyme Peels and LED Light Therapy.
The truth is, majority of people have experienced some form of acne at least once in their lifetime, but you don’t have to deal with it forever!
We offer our clients a complimentary 15minute skin consultation to help diagnose and address your skin concerns. In addition, we will also provide a personalised skin homecare prescription to get you started with your home routine – this is the most important part of any treatment plan!
Contact either our Woden or Griffith locations if you would like to book a consultation to discuss your acne concerns further.