Acne Prevention and Treatment Tips by Julia Langley
Julia is one of our Team’s Top Dermal Clinicians for Acne Treatments & Prevention, Rujevenating Facials, Advanced Skin Peels & Light Treatments in Hawthorn East.
We all know there’s nothing worse than an acne breakout before a big event, such as an interview, first or second date or a wedding or public speaking engagement. But of course, that seems to be JUST the time the pimples surface. Some people also have recurring or chronic acne on their skin. Often people think that acne cannot be treated (or-cured) effectively, but that’s simply not the case for many patients. If you’re home care regime and clinic treatments are appropriately prescribed, you’ll be able calm down the breakouts, get your skin’s oil production into better balance, deter bacteria and clogged pores and get your skin looking smooth again, even if it is a tad bit shiny at times. And sure, you’ve heard that skin oil is good and will prevent ageing, but having TOO much of it in your youth or early adulthood – or even later in life or during pregnancy – can drive you to distraction.
So what ARE Dermal Clinician Julia Langley’s BEST TIPS about Acne Prevention and Acne Treatments – and should you ever pop your pimples?
A definite “NO” is the answer to popping pimples. Yes, they sometimes benefit from extraction, but it’s best to know how to do it to avoid RISK of infection and scarring. You can get some serious reactions to popping pimples the wrong way, including worse skin or a very bad infection that might go systemic.
Popping Pimples Can lead to Skin Infections, Systemic Infections and Long-Term Scarring.
You’ve seen the scars that acne can lead to, when it’s not being treated properly or when the fingernails or other objects are used to pop pimples in an unsterile, non-clinical manner.
It’s best to let a Professional perform an extraction in a sterile environment using special tools and healing techniques such as Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) Healite II or acne-peels and cosmeceutical acne cleansers.
So if a pimple is driving you to distracting, get a professional Dermal Clinician or Medically Qualified Skin Expert to assist you to avoid spreading bacteria or getting a systemic infection – as well as scars. (If it’s a bit late and you have acne scars, ask our Dermal Clinicians about CO2 laser treatments,”DOT Therapy“, Dermapen, peels or Fraxel treatments to smooth the skin. It’s an intensive treatment, but can reduce scars.)
Are pimples typically the same – or are all pimples different? There are different TYPES of acne and pimples or blemishes.
Acne and breakouts are typically divided into 4 MAIN classes or “types of acne”:
- Acne Type 1: blackheads and comedones present (look like dark spots or indentations in the skin – sometimes called “clogged pores”)
- Acne Type 2: Same as acne type one, but with the addition of papules
- Acne Type 3: same as acne type two, but with pustules as well
- Acne Type 4: severe cystic, nodular acne (often very inflamed and ‘angry looking’ acne)
What causes Acne Breakouts?
Everyone is different and sometimes it’s not easy to tell what causes or aggravates a person’s acne.
However, in general, ACNE is caused by interactive factors that may include:
- Increases in sebaceous secretion (sometimes hormonal and sometimes because the wrong products are being used on the skin, and it gets ‘out of balance’ re its natural oil levels or moisture levels and Ph factors)
- Decreased ability for the skin cells to turnover naturally, leading to clogged pores and Propionibacterium acnes bacteria (if you are not looking after your nutrition and your organs – including your skin – are not functioning at their optimal healthiest levels, you will certainly be more prone to skin problems such as acne or dull looking skin – and smoking deters your skin’s ability to heal properly, including from Plastic or Cosmetic Surgery such as Breast Augmentation)
You do not want to pop pimples as this can lead to the spreading of more bacteria underneath the skin as well as increased inflammation which could lead to the development of more acne.
Only a trained therapist should be extracting pimple breakouts from your skin, using a proper technique and disinfecting procedures.
A Dermal Clinician not only knows how to best extract the pimple and prep the skin for healing, they also know WHICH LESIONS should be left alone and which shouldn’t and therefore should be treated by other modalities
Julia Langley’s TOP TIPS for Treating ACNE
Acne can be treated with many different modalities depending on the client’s skin:
These can include:
- Healite treatments and peels: to control the inflammation and induce wound healing as well as helping to improve cellular turnover and deep cleanse the pores. A series of treatments are usually recommended and peels are modified to suit the client’s skin.
- Dermapen/ Dermapen with peels: To allow the deeper penetration of active ingredients whilst also helping to improve any deep underlying conjestion and aid the discolouration often left after having breakouts. A number of treatments are needed again and tailored to suit the client’s skin.
- Proper cosmeceutical homecare is advised to get the skin functioning healthily and improving the aesthetic view of the acne lesions.
- Acne can also be due to internal issues such as hormones or stress so ensuring the body is functional healthily internally will also help to address any underlying issues. So it is important to remember what we put onto our skin is just as important as what we put into our bodies!
Don’t pop your pimples!
If you have Acne, leave the treatments to a professional. Ask us about our Skin Care products for treating acne and preventing breakouts and pimples. Phone our skin care team on (03) 8849 1400 and ask for Julia Langley in Hawthorn East.