Acne is a common condition. Although it is primarily of cosmetic concern, it can cause huge emotional problems. There are a number of factors that lead to acne such as hormonal imbalance, stress, make-up and possibly diet.
4 steps are involved in the development of Acne
- Increase production of Sebum (oily substance secreted by glands in the skin)
- Blockage of skin pores by dead skin cells.
- Invasion of the blocked pore by bacteria
The skin surface has lots of small sebaceous glands just below the surface. These glands make sebum- a natural oil that keeps the skin smooth. The tiny pores in the skin allow the sebum to come to the surface. Hairs also grow through these pores.
If prone to acne, hormones trigger the sebaceous glands to produce excess sebum. At the same time, the dead skin cells lining the openings of the hair follicles (the tubes that hold the hair) aren't shed properly and clog up the follicles.
This causes a build-up of oil in the hair follicles causing acne. This creates an ideal environment for bacteria to grow.
They feed off the sebum and produce substances that inflames the skin and creates the redness associated with spots. In more severe inflammatory acne, cysts develop beneath the skin's surface. If these cysts rupture, the infection can spread. This can result in scars. Acne should be treated early and adequately. If left untreated, it can lead to scars.
Acne Surrey, Hampshire
Our Farnham-based clinic, easily accessible from Surrey, Hampshire, Guildford and Woking, offers the following acne treatment options -
- Skin peels
- Growth factor treatment
- Laser acne treatment
- Dermalux light therapy
- Obagi skin care
- Image skin care
Some of our other cosmetic procedures include laser hair removal, Botox ®, microdermabrasion, skin tag removal, dermaroller, acne treatment, thread veins treatment and permanent hair removal all available at our Farnham-based private medical clinic within easy access from Surrey, Hampshire, Guildford and Woking.