Acne vulgaris is a long-term skin disease that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the skin. Acne is characterized by areas of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and greasy skin, and may result in scarring. Vulgaris is the medical term for “common”. Most people with acne are aged between 12 and 25 but some older and younger people are affected. Boys are more commonly affected than girls. Acne usually affects the face but may also afect te back, neck and chest. It is estimated about 8 in 10 teenagers develop some degree of acne. About 3 in 10 teenagers have acne bad enough to need treatment to prevent scarring. DermCosmesis offers a full range of treatments including acne laser treatments to target and resolve your acne.
What are the clinical features of acne vulgaris?
Acne most often affects the face, but it may spread to involve the neck, chest and back, and sometimes even more extensively over the body.
Individual lesions are centred on the pilosebaceous unit, ie the hair follicle and its associated oil gland. Several types of acne spots occur, often at the same time. They may be inflamed papules, pustules and nodules; or non-inflamed papules and pseudocysts.
What is the treatment for acne vulgaris?
Treatment for acne depends on the patient’s age and sex, the extent and the severity of the acne, how long it has been present, and response to previous treatments.
- Treatment for mild acne includes our proprietary topical anti-acne preparations, diet changes and chemical peels.
- Treatment for moderate acne may include a combination of our topical anti-acne preparations, acne laser treatments, diet changes, chemical peels, antibiotics and use of the birth control pill in women.
- Treatment for severe acne may require a course of stronger oral antibiotic in combination with acne laser treatments and chemical peels.
As registered physicians, the team at DermCosmesis can offer a full range of treatments including cosmeceuticals, chemical peels, laser therapy and antibiotic prescriptions. Book your free consultation today to discuss the best acne treatment for your skin.