Acne is one of the most common skin conditions, it is widely miss treated by patients using over the counter cosmetics. Professionals also struggle to prescribe adequate treatments that do not conflict with patient’s medications.
There are two types of acne namely.
ACNE ROSACEA: A combination of acne and rosacea. The complication with this condition is that most traditional acne treatments are far too harsh for rosacea skin. It is important to treat the rosacea primarily by using anti-inflammatory methods.
AESTHET RECOVERY SERUM is ideal as an anti-inflammatory serum, also due to its fast penetration, it leaves no residue on the skin and therefore will not aggravate the acne.
DERMAPLEX BLEMISH FREE GEL can be added 2 or 3 times a week to control the bacteria.
ACNE VULGARIS: A bacterial infection due to several causes, namely an overproduction of sebum resulting in the breakdown of the acid mantle of the skin, leading to Propionibacterium acnes proliferation. Acne is not genetic in the sense that it is a bacterial infection, however, the “ideal environment” for acne proliferation is genetic. For example, how a patient’s skin reacts to hormonal changes like puberty is genetic.
There are 4 grades for assessing acne severity, and their treatments
Grade 1: simple, noninflammatory occasional breakouts consisting mostly of comedones and a few papules.
Grade 2: moderate acne, consisting of a fair amount of comedones, papules and a few pustules. The patient has more than the occasional breakouts.
Grade 3: similar to grade 2, however, consists of inflammatory lesions, patients tend to develop scaring
Grade 4: extremely rare, the skin is covered by excessive swelling with a huge amount of pustules. Patients will be treated by a dermatologist.
In acne cases the acid mantle is generally compromised, leaving the skin vulnerable to the bacterial infection. Acne patients tend to create a “vicious circle” effect. Due to their high sebum levels, they tend to “over clean” their skin, (either by over-cleansing or using products that are too harsh), further stripping their acid mantle, but also stimulating even more sebum production.
Thus the more they strip their skin the more oil will be produced and the more acne proliferation will occur.
DERMAPLEX TRIPLE ACTION CLEANSER: incorporates gentle exfoliation while cleansing and toning the skin (without stripping the acid mantle) by using specialized, natural wax beads and plant extracts.
Many active ingredients treat acne successfully, however, not all of these are compatible together or even with oral medication. All the below mention products are compatible with oral acne medications like isotretinoin forms or oral antibiotics.
Grade 1 and 2, DERMAPLEX BLEMISH FREE GEL, a sugar-based form of salicylic acid, and anti-inflammatory ingredients. This is an ideal, safe spot treatment for mild acne and the occasional breakout. It is also safe for pregnancy due to the sugar form of salicylic acid. Broad-spectrum antibacterial.
Grade 3 and 4, AESTHET ACNE GEL, a specialized, area applied serum for moderate acne, using a unique form of micronized benzoyl peroxide. This form enables deeper penetration, faster and better results than the conventional forms of benzoyl peroxide WITHOUT the adverse side effects typically found with this ingredient.
A combined routine whereby the two serums are used together is recommended for cystic acne. Acne gel will be applied 2x per day to the affected area. Blemish free gel will be applied 1x per day to the active blemishes.
Retinol is one of the most common ingredients when treating acne, however, it is not always compatible with other active ingredients and can cause aggressive drying and sensitivity. AESTHET RETINOL CREAM has been formulated in a unique way to get the best slow-release results without the common side effects. This amazing technology enables the serum to be compatible with all other active ingredients for acne and thus can complement either Dermaplex blemish free gel, AESTHET ACNE GEL or both together. Many ask me how it will assist; due to retinol’s resurfacing capabilities, it can enhance the results of other Actives by increasing the skin’s metabolic rate. It also has antibacterial properties. Consider it to be the “turbo in the car, making it faster”.
Due to the skin being compromised it is important to ensure adequate moisture and protection to the skin. Most patients will neglect moisturizer when they suffer from acne, however, this once again creates a problem by stimulating more sebum production as the skin tries to repair it’s stripped protection. Moisturizers will depend on the skin type as well as the other influencing skin conditions.
DERMAPLEX NORMAL COMBINATION SPF20 is most commonly used with younger acne patients, It incorporates unique detoxing ingredients.
DERMAPLEX DRY SENSITIVE will typically be prescribed in cases where the patients are on oral medication and tend to be more sensitized or rosacea clients.
AESTHET POST TREATMENT MOISTURISER, ideal for those patient’s with very high sebum levels, as it is a very light consistency.
HUMANKIND TISSUE OIL CREAM, for those patients with abnormal dryness due to oral medication, because the cream has no technical oil it will not congest the skin further.
Further in-practice treatments can be recommended like gentle chemical peels ideally AESTHET EXPERT PEEL, in the cases where patients are contraindicated to chemical peels due to medication AESTHET KERATOPEEL can be used.
VIRTUAL MESOTHERAPY is an essential element as Actives can penetrate without creating cross-contamination which can occur with traditional mesotherapy.
Complications that occur post-acne:
DERMAPLEX ANTI DARK can treat existing Post Imflamitory pigmentation as well as minimize new pigmentation forming
By understanding acne and its complications we can simply and effectively treat the condition without the physical and emotional scars typically left behind.