Acne Treatment in Liverpool
Treating acne is often a long journey, and over time, can take a real toll on our self-confidence and self-image. Our aim is to get you to a place where you are happy with the way that your skin looks so that you can reclaim your smile, and your confidence.
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What is Acne?
Acne is a skin condition which causes spots, oily skin and sometimes skin that’s hot or painful to touch. It is commonly found on the face, back and chest – but mainly the face.
Acne is not an easy condition to live with, especially when it affects the face and causes redness and scarring. We know that having smooth, clear skin is desirable for everyone. That is why we want to help as many people as possible achieve confidence in their skin and feel able to ditch the makeup and cover ups.
Acne can become active and inactive throughout a person’s life, especially during the teenage years of puberty. This can depend on hormones, diet and many other factors – some people find it comes and goes whereas others live with their acne almost permanently.
Around 80% of people between the ages of 11 – 30 suffer with some form of this upsetting skin condition. In most cases, acne can leave behind visible and even permanent scarring. It occurs when follicles are clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the skin and is often characterised by whiteheads, pimples, oily skin, blackheads with the possibility of permanent scarring.
How can Aesthetics of Liverpool help treat acne?
Our experts are passionate about improving and controlling the symptoms of acne so that you can live your life without worrying about the appearance and condition of your skin. We work to tailor a bespoke treatment plan for you and your skin condition so that we can work towards a future where you have vastly improved skin and much more confidence.
Unfortunately, treating acne is often a long journey. However, with determination and a proper treatment plan, you can improve your acne. Our aim is to get you to a place where you are happy with how your skin looks. We are here for you every step of the way.
What does Acne look like?
Acne can manifest in many different ways, depending on the individual. If you suffer from acne, you may find that you have one type of spot listed below or that your skin has multiple spots at any given time.
- Cysts. This is the most severe type of spot caused by acne. Cysts are large pus-filled lumps that look similar to boils and carry the greatest risk of causing permanent scarring
- Blackheads. These are distinguished as small black or yellowish bumps that develop on the skin. People often think they are black as they’re filled with dirt – however, this is not the case, it is because the inner lining of the hair follicle produces pigment which gives them a darker colour.
- Whiteheads. As the name suggests, these types of spot have a similar appearance to blackheads, however, they may be firmer and won’t empty when squeezed.
- Papules. These are small red bumps that may feel tender or sore to touch.
- Pustules. This type of spot has a white tip in the centre, which is called by pus.
- Nodules. These are those large, hard lumps beneath the surface of the skin. They can be painful and won’t squeeze.
One of the most common complaints we see at our Liverpool clinic is the pitted or textured skin left behind by acne scarring. So we have a range of treatments here to really improve the appearance of scarring on your skin to give you back your confidence.
Why do we get Acne ?
Acne commonly starts appearing during puberty and, for the majority, it usually disappears by a person’s late twenties. However, in some cases, it can persist for much longer or start much later in life. Women are more likely than men to have mild to moderate acne into their 30s and beyond, which can be due to hormones. If your skin tends to be oily, you may be more prone to have this condition. It can also be hereditary – if both your parents had acne, it is more likely that you too will develop this condition at some stage in your life. Other factors may include:
- Greasy cosmetics
- Stress Menstruation
- Smoking Lack of good nutrition
- Some medications that contain androgen and lithium
Whatever your age or reason for acne, Aesthetics of Liverpool can help!
Is Acne harmful ?
Acne appears in many forms – Whiteheads, Blackheads, Papules, Pustules, Nodules and Cysts – but none are directly harmful to your health. Although not dangerous, it can leave skin scars. It’s also a skin disease involving the oil glands at the base of hair follicles and affects approximately three in every four people aged between 11 and 30 years old.
What helps acne go away?
There are a number of methods to help reduce and maintain acne as well as remove it altogether. First and foremost, consider your lifestyle. Becoming healthier – i.e. sleeping eight hours, having three healthy meals, and drinking plenty of water – is something we can all improve on. But also making sure we touch our face less and picking/squeezing pimples or spots will also be key. Touching your face less will reduce the chances of bacteria infecting your skin. Playing with or popping pimples will make the bumps stay redder and for longer. It will fade entirely if left alone.
Then thoroughly cleanse your skin, using mild cleansers to wash once or twice a day. This will keep the skin clean and work towards minimising sensitivity and irritation. An exfoliating cleanser or mask can also be used. These products remove the outer layer of the skin, thus opening the pores. Retinol may be used to help promote skin peeling.
Antibacterial cleansers will reduce the bacteria found on your face. They come in the form of gels, creams and lotions, which can be applied to the affected areas. The ingredients kill surface bacteria, resulting in acne clearing up as a result.
It’s also possible to get rid of oil on the skin’s surface, reducing the appearance of shine. Products containing glycolic acid are doubly helpful as they cause the superficial layer of the skin to exfoliate. In addition, masks that contain sulfur draw out facial oil, and antibacterial pads with benzoyl peroxide have the added benefit of helping you wipe away oil.
Also, be sure to open your pores. Occasionally visiting an aesthetician – Aesthetics of Liverpool, for example – can safely see blackheads removed during a full facial.
At Aesthetics of Liverpool, we also have a vast portfolio of treatments to help remove acne from your face. Acne may be inevitable, but it does not need to be permanent. Thousands of people correct acne on their faces every day. If this has bothered you, then we can surely help make that acne disappear with one of our amazing facial treatments!
There are a number of professional skin treatments designed to address fine lines and wrinkles, and even help prevent them in future to help you regain your youthful, glowing skin. These treatments to combat wrinkles include anti-ageing injectable treatments such as BOTOX® and dermal fillers. There are also treatments designed to strip back ageing skin and encourage collagen production, such as Laser Resurfacing, Medical Microdermabrasion, Hydra Facial, Co2 Laser, E-light, Skin Peels and our very own Precision Lift Skin Pen.
How do I know this treatment is best for me?
Aesthetics of Liverpool offer a range of treatments to combat a whole range of acne scars. You will firstly be invited to an in depth, one on one medical consultation with one of our consultants. Here, our expert consultants can assess your scaring and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs. We are confident that we can achieve outstanding results for you, returning your skin to a healthier complexion.
Following the treatment, you should start to notice a reduction in your acne. If not, then have no fear! We can recommend another treatment that could have the desired effect that you need. Acne is a persistent and sometimes hard-to-get-rid-of condition. So ensuring that we understand what we are dealing with, we can go about correcting it in the right manner. You will be glad to know there is a solution and it will work as intended.
What treatment options are available?
It is important for you to receive the correct diagnosis for your very individual acne so that you are best equipped to treat and control it. Our experts are passionate about improving and controlling the symptoms, so that you can live your life without worrying about the appearance of your skin.
There are many different types of acne, which makes a personalised treatment plan very important. Aesthetics of Liverpool highly recommend you attend our skin acne consultation, where our expert will be able to diagnose the type and grade its severity.
Treating acne requires absolute patience and perseverance. Any treatment we may recommend could take up to two or maybe even three months to start working properly. Giving each one time to work before giving up on it is the best plan of action you can take. The only thing you should take note of is the possible side effects that may pop up during treatment – an allergy or excessive dryness. Other than that, just hang in there!