Acne: Concerns

What Is Acne?

Acne is a very common skin condition characterised by the presence of comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and pus-filled spots (pustules). Typically emerging during puberty, acne varies in severity, ranging from a few pimples to more extensive inflammatory breakouts that may lead to scarring and Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation. While acne is often associated with affecting adolescents, many people struggle with symptoms well into adulthood, or may only experience acne for the first time in their later years.


Acne manifests in various forms, including whiteheads, blackheads, papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts. Whiteheads appear as closed, flesh-coloured bumps, while blackheads are open and dark due to oxidation. Papules are red bumps under the skin’s surface, and pustules are larger tender pimples with visible pus. Nodules are hard, inflamed lumps without a visible centre, and cysts are painful, pus-filled lumps.

Acne can be found anywhere on the body, but is typically more noticeable on the face and neck, back and shoulders and chest.

Spots can give your skin a textured appearance, even if they don’t come to a head that can be popped. Don’t be tempted to try and squeeze them to get them to resolve quicker – popping spots can increase the risk of scarring, and also larger spots can become inflamed and sore, which may cause pigmentation changes in the skin long after the actual spot has healed (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation).


Acne occurs when pores in the skin become blocked with oil, dead skin cells and bacteria.

Not cleansing the skin effectively enough, sleeping in your make-up, or using the wrong products for your skin type can add to this build up on the skin’s surface and lead to congestion, blackheads and pimples.

Some people are more prone than others to get acne – genetic predisposition is a big factor, as well as diet, medication and environmental elements can all contribute to spots. Hormonal changes can have a big effect how much oil the sebaceous glands produce, which is one of the reasons acne is so prevalent in puberty and pregnancy, or other endocrine conditions (such as PCOS). There are also a number factors that although don’t cause acne, can worsen symptoms, including stress and inadequate sleep.


Skincare – for mild acne, maintaining a consistent and diligent skincare routine using gentle, acne-suitable products can be effective at easing the symptoms of breakouts. A skincare consultation with our skin specialist can help determine the right products for your skin type and help you to know what to use and when for best results.

For moderate acne, medicated skincare products can be prescribed after a consultation with one of our medical practitioners.

If you are experiencing severe acne, we may recommend that you visit your GP or dermatologist to discuss antibiotics or a longer course of medication to help resolve the symptoms.

Chemical Peels – a course of light peels can help reduce the amount of congestion in the pores, rebalance oil production and may ease any PIH or acne scarring.

Redensity 1 – the blend of hyaluronic acid, amino acids and vitamins in this skin booster treatment can help reduce the symptoms of problem skin such as acne and can also help to reduce the appearance of scarring and PIH from previous breakouts.

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