Acne affects most people at some point in their lives. It is a long-term inflammatory condition caused by over-production of oil (sebum), congestion of dead skin cells, inflammation and bacterial colonisation. In order to successfully treat acne, it is important to address each of these causes.
At the Dr Tatiana Clinic, we offer a comprehensive 12-week acne programme that combines home-treatment and clinic-treatments, in order to clear acne and achieve long-term skin health.
One of the major factors in the development of acne are androgen hormones. The face has many sebaceous glands that produce sebum (oil). Sebum water-proofs the skin and lubricates the hair follicle. However, excess sebum causes inflammation within the skin and feeds the bacteria that cause acne. Medical conditions such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) are often associated higher levels of androgen hormones and hence over-production of sebum. In order to understand if your acne could be caused by an underlying hormonal or medical problem, your clinician may offer you a blood test.
A constructive and effective daily skincare programme is important in addressing the causes of acne. Ingredients such as salicylic acid, glycolic and retinol are helpful in reducing sebum production, improving skin exfoliation and reducing skin inflammation. Following a thorough consultation, your practitioner will recommend a tailored topical skin programme.
Fruit and other natural acids can be used to blend pigmentation, improve skin texture, and promote regeneration. Peels range from mild and refreshing to more intense and resurfacing. We offer a full range of Dr Tatiana’s own blend of chemical peels. Dr Tatiana has combined natural acids with anti-inflammatory ingredients to achieve optimal results, with minimal down-time.
At the Dr Tatiana Clinic, we offer both Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) and Nd:YAG Laser treatment for acne. The lasers specifically target redness and inflammation in the skin, drying out existing acne spots and preventing new acne. The lasers are safe and effective for any skin type, with no down-time. We normally recommend a course of 4-6 treatments.
Around 95% of people with acne will develop acne scars. Acne scarring occurs when acne irreversibly damages colour and texture of the skin. The debris within acne spots can rupture through the wall of the follicle and penetrate into the surrounding tissue, causing an inflammatory injury to the cells of the dermis and epidermis. This can lead to skin atrophy (holes), hypertrophy (raised nodules), pigmentation (dark marks) and enlargement of blood vessels (redness). The successful treatment of acne scars involves addressing these issues and enabling scarred skin to remodel into healthy, smooth skin. At the Dr Tatiana Clinic, we use a CO2 laser to effectively treat acne scarring. We normally recommend a course of 2-4 sessions to permanently treat acne scars.