Acne Treatment Richmond – London

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Acne is a common problem in all skin types that can affect all ages both physically and emotionally. It is the most common of skin complaints and affects over 90% of adolescents. Whilst it affects a high proportion of adolescents it may appear for the first time in teenage years, the mid twenties or even later and can affect people into their forties and fifties.

The cause of Acne

The exact cause of acne is not clearly understood, but what we know there are some main factors that are important in the cause of condition.

  • Sebaceous glands produce oil resulting in an oily complexion
  • Dead skin, near the hair follicle can block the pore
  • Bacteria P.Acnes grows and spreads in retained oil causing pimples
  • Inflammation damages cells that make collagen resulting in thinner skin and sunken scars

Skin Rich acne treatment Richmond – London offer programmes by using laser, peels and products. Also a combination of laser and peels, dependent on a severity of the acne.

How does the laser work?

Acne infection increases the blood supply in the affected area and the laser energy destroys the bacteria. In general, the acne then should become clear in 1-2 days.

Is it painful?
If laser is being used the treatment may feel slightly uncomfortable.

With peels there is slight skin shedding 2-3 days afterwards.

How many treatments?

Acne laser treatment is usually performed every month (as necessary). Peels are generally recommended in a course of 3 and these are scheduled in between laser treatments.

Rossacea

Rosacea is a common disorder that mainly affects skin on the face. It causes redness on the nose, chin, cheeks and forehead. Over time the redness can become more intense, taking on a ruddy appearance.
The condition in itself has no known affect on the physical health of person, but because of the cosmetic appearance it can lead to extreme self-consciousness.

What causes Rosacea?

The exact cause is not known, number of factors may be involved. However, none of these factors have definitely been proven. These could be:-

  • Tiny blood vessels under the affected skin may become abnormal or leaky.
  • Sun damage.
  • A tiny mite called Demodex Folliculorum may be involved. It lives harmlessly on the skin of many people but has been found in higher numbers in those with Rosacea.
  • Abnormal immune reactions in the skin, which lead to inflammation.
  • Genetics may also be involved as Rosacea may run in some families.

Long-term use of steroid creams on the face can cause a condition identical to Rosacea. This used to be quite common, but now the danger of overusing steroid creams is well known we are less likely to come across this today.

What are the symptoms?

Rosacea is a skin condition that affects parts of the face. It is sometimes called Acne Rosacea, as it can look similar to acne. However, it is a different condition to acne and the symptoms of Rosacea include one or more of the following apperarnces:-

Frequent flushing of the face, similar to blushing. This is often the first symptom and may be the only symptom for months or years before anything else develops.
Redness (erythema) of parts of the face, this can look similar to sunburn.
Small lumpy red spots (papules) and small cysts (pustules) on the face. The spots and cysts look similar to acne. These may come and go in some cases but, in others remain long-term unless treated.
Telangiectasia on the face, these are tiny blood vessels under the skin, which you can see and can become quite prominent on the face.
Eye symptoms (also called ocular rosacea) occur in about half of cases, but are often mild. They can include:-
A feeling of something in the eye.
Burning, stinging or itchy eyes.
Dryness.
Sensitivity to light.
Eyelid problems such as cysts, styes or eyelid inflammation (blepharitis).

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