Acne affects people of all ages and it has become one of
the most common skin complaints in Australia and Melbourne!
Acne can bring distress and embarrassment and lower your
self-esteem. However, there is a number of safe, effective,
quick treatments that can help you deal with the problem.
Determining the right procedure for you depends on the
specific goals of therapy, ability for downtime and budget.
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every 2-4 weeks
|20min - 2days
||2-3 sessions fortnightly
avoid sunlight 24hrs post
every 2-4 weeks
|None to 3 wks for deep peels
Teens Acne Facial
Deep Cleanse Extraction Facial
with 1 session a month
every 9 - 24 months
Appropriate cleanser, day & night
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acne dry and acne oily skin
||2-3 sessions 6 weeks apart
Home Skin needling
3 times a week
3 to 5 minutes
What is Acne?
Before Melbourne Facials attempt to discuss the various
aspects of acne and available treatments for this annoying
skin condition, we need to first understand exactly what
acne is and its underlying causes.
A normal hair follicle usually expels lubricating (and
protective) oils to the surface of the skin. However, when
acne is present oil gets trapped under the skin and this
creates an ideal situation for bacteria to start to develop
in the site. Bacterium then produces infection on the skin
and the inflammatory reaction to it is called acne.
generally categorized into inflammatory and non inflammatory
In non-inflammatory acne the bacteria and oil get trapped
within the skin and usually show up as small white spots
(called whiteheads or closed comedones). Whiteheads can be
so small that may not even be visible to the naked eye.
In inflammatory acne, papules develop as a result of a
break in the inner follicular wall. Once the blood fills the
papules it’s only a matter of time before the papules (or
pimple/zit) develop into pustules. In either case there is
an inflammation of the skin. Inflammatory acne is more
common and is seen in teenagers that have started puberty.
Inflammatory acne is more widely spread and common than
Acne can be mild or severe.
Acne scars, which appear post
acne (especially inflammatory acne) represent a very common
and troublesome complaint. They are more common and visible
on darker skin types. Acne scarring can be may be flat,
raised or depressed. These acne marks can also be dark or
red or less commonly white in color.
Inflammatory acne and non-inflammatory acne require
different type of treatment. Depending on your skin type,
personal concerns and condition of the skin, the appropriate
type of treatment or combination of different treatments
will be customized to meet your needs and effectively deal
with your concerns.
Melbourne Facials Acne Treatment Options
Treatment may include light or electro therapy, dermal
fillers, peels, clinical acne clearing facial etc.
- PDT -
Photodynamic Therapy is a light activated treatment that
selectively treats problem areas. Photodynamic therapy
accompanies by an application of a photosensitizing
agent, 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA).
- IPL - Intense
Pulsed Light is a non invasive technique which reaches
the damaged areas without affecting healthy cells. IPL
brings everything up to the surface, dries up the
sebaceous glands, stimulates collagen in the skin which
can decrease the depth of the scars and reduces the
scars’ color. Continue here...
- Medi Peel -
Also referred to as Medi Facials or Chemical Peels, they
work on restoring the smooth contour of your skin by
speeding up skin’s cellular renewal rate. There are
superficial skin peels eg
Glycolic peel, Pumpkin peel,
Mango peel and deep skin peels
Cosmedix timeless and
benefit peel. The
amount of shedding you get depends on depth of the peel.
Some peels require you to prepare your skin for up to
three week prior to treatment in order to get better
results and less down time. New cell growth is
encouraged and as a response to inflammation caused the
skin’s natural building materials are stimulated.
- Meso Acne
- Based on 2003 Noble Prize winning works of Dr Praunist
this remarkable virtual needle mesotherapy allows us to
target fat cells directly and deliver highly active
natural ingredients to achieve extraordinary results.
One of the most effective treatments available on the
market today is now available here. Quick and easy
treatments for clearing acne with the use of highly
potent natural ingredients with no downtime.
- Dermal fillers are used
underneath the scars to give them additional support and
improve their appearance. Continue
Other Acne Treatments
- Lotions - to reduce oil production
- Vitamin C and A - to rebuild the skin.
- Medications - to fight sebum and bacteria
- Light treatments to reduce bacteria in the skin and
NOTE: No sun exposure 4-6wks before and after IPL
treatments. No sun exposure post peels for 2 weeks. Extreme
caution needed to avoid sunlight (in fact all light) for
24hrs post PDT, after 24hrs IPL’s sun restrictions apply.
High SPF sun block and sun avoidance is suggested after all
Prevent Acne Tricks from Melbourne Facial
Few simple techniques as a part of your daily routine
- Don’t pick, press or rub your pimples or white heads.
This can increase sebum production and rupture the area
below your skin. The infection and sebum can then spread
causing more pimples and more grief, not to mention the
possibility of scarring
- Wash twice daily, using a special cleanser that is
suitable for your skin’s condition. Use wet gauze with your
cleanser to gently rub in circular motions to exfoliate your
skin. This step will eliminate the need for an extra product
(exfoliant or scrub) cutting your costs. Because you will
throw gauze away after every wash you will get the most
hygienic cleanse. Do not use loofahs, sponges, or brushes on
your face. Besides irritating your skin they’re also good at
holding on to bacteria and leftovers of makeup. Avoid
over-washing your face- it will actually stimulate your
sebaceous glands to produce more sebum increasing your acne
- Certain foods have been found to be contributors to this
annoying condition. For many people, food allergies or food
intolerances can cause very serious acne-like condition.
Watch your food intake, note what triggers acne in your
diet, and avoid those items. Studies have shown that acne
may also be caused by milk which contains hormones as well
as seafood with relatively high levels of iodine. Other
foods that have shown allergy - prone acne symptoms are:
sugar, dairy products, deep-fried food, meat, nuts and nut
butters, coffee and or chocolate. Alternatively, green
vegetables, vegetable juices and foods rich in zinc help
alleviate acne condition and keep your metabolism running
- Drink more water every day. Since our bodies are mainly
made up of water, it is easy to flush out toxins by drinking
lots of water. It also helps heal and prevent acne
flare-ups, as well as keep your skin well hydrated and
- Avoid an overindulgence of makeup. Makeup products may
clog pores, causing more blackheads and pimples. If you have
to wear makeup, make sure it’s
mineral based makeup or mineral foundation. But remember there are minerals
and there are minerals! Many lines market foundations to
help people with sensitive, and acne prone skin. Also, don’t
forget to cleanse your makeup brushes on regular basis
- If you are prone to acne it’s best that you avoid oily,
thick or greasy skin care products. Products such as hair
pomade, intense oil-based facial moisturizers, and oily
cleansers may contribute to your break-outs
- Avoid touching your face excessively. Keep your hair
lean and off your face to avoid external sources that can
contribute to acne
- Exercising can keep your metabolism pumping and sweat
out excess toxins
- Practice serenity - stay stress-free. Studies show that
stress may worsen acne flare-ups, in addition to your
overall outlook on life. There are many things you can do to
be stress free including self-development, meditation, long
walks, heart-to-heart chats with those close to you
- Get outside. Sunshine stimulates vitamin D in the body.
Vitamin D is needed for healthy skin. Fresh air and sunshine
can also help reduce stress and increase oxygen to the skin