We know acne can be an emotionally and physically distressing condition. This An extremely persistent condition is often not responsive to one single remedy. But with our multiple medical grade treatment options, we can turn your acne around.
Take advantage of our skin consultation, and discover what treatments are best suited to your acne. Get informed and get a winning combination prescribed by our doctors and nurses – using medical grade skin care, chemical peels, light-based technologies, laser treatments and prescription medicines. We know we can help you.
Acne is the result of overactive sebaceous glands and excess skin cell production. Hair follicles get plugged by excess oil and skin cells, causing a bulge. and the creation a whitehead. If the blocked follicle is open to the skin it will form a black head. Bacteria, in the skin, (Propionibacterium acnes or P acnes). is responsible for the redness and inflammation, giving rise to pustules, which can lead to cysts and nodules being formed. Untreated these can lead to permanent scarring. Not all acne is the same and treatments need to be tailored to your specific needs to achieve the best results.
Genetics and hormones are the primary impacting factors, but in some cases it may be an external factor that can be causing, if not increasing, the severity of breakouts.
There are many misconceptions about acne, one of them being that acne is caused by poor diet or uncleanliness. Acne is a medical condition and needs to be treated by trained doctors and nurses, as untreated acne can lead to unpleasant permanent scarring.
How we can help
Take advantage of our skin consultation to get a proper diagnosis of the type and severity of acne. Our expert doctors and nurses will determine the best treatment program for you. The stubborn and chronic nature of this condition is best managed with multiple treatment modalities, from this list below.
Treatment Options for Acne
Quality skincare is the first step to controlling acne. Vitamin B, such as Synergie Priority B can aid in the control of oil production and Vitamin A, such as Synergie A+ or Tretinoin help to increase the natural turnover rate of the skin. Cleaners are also an important part of the daily routine for a patient with acne. Cleansers, such as Synergie Ultracleanse help to physically remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin that may have caused blockages in the skin, and therefore pimples.
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. These are very small semiconductors that emit light when a current is passed through it. Unlike laser or IPL, LED phototherapy is non-invasive and non-thermal, and so requires no recovery time after treatments. At Main Street Cosmetic & Skin, we have both the red and blue LED lights. The red light can be used to reduce inflammation and to improve healing. The blue light treats the bacterium p.acnes, a major contributor to acne in many people.
Oral antibiotics can be an effective treatment for active, inflamed acne as it targets the acne-causing bacteria. Unfortunately, the antibiotics may also affect the rest of the body (e.g. vaginal or oral thrush, gastro-intestinal disturbances). Topical antibiotics are also available with a prescription and have no systemic effect on the body. Some topical antibiotics also have an anti-inflammatory element.
Chemical peels can aid in the exfoliation of the dead skin on the surface. Chemical peels, such as salicylic acid can draw oil out of the skin and have an anti-inflammatory effect.
The use of thick, pore clogging make up can exacerbate acne. By applying a mineral make up that sits on the surface of the skin, rather than in the pores you can break the negative cycle of makeup causing more break outs, and so feeling like you need to wear more makeup.