Acne can be a debilitating condition for people of all ages, and it doesn’t just affect you physically. “As part of the emotional impact, increased levels of anxiety, anger, depression and frustration are also observed in patients with acne,” according to a report on the-dermatologist.com
It’s important to remember that there are many triggers and contributing factors to acne. When you understand these causes, you become more empowered to seek the appropriate treatment and to prevent future breakouts.
HORMONES AND STRESS
Hormones play a big role in the condition of your skin. Even a subtle hormone imbalance in the body can cause breakouts. Larger hormone discrepancies can lead to red, painful and cystic acne, which is why you’ll commonly see this condition in people who suffer with Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome or Endometriosis. In many cases, people assume their acne is skin deep, when the real cause lies far deeper than the surface. When treating acne, it’s important to consider that your break-outs can be a symptom of an underlying problem rather than a condition in itself. That’s why getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step to finding a successful solution.
Stress is another major causative factor of acne. Your stress level is directly related to your cortisol levels; the higher your cortisol levels, the more inflamed your skin will be. At the Cronulla Skin Sanctuary, we stock a great supplement called Regul8 Relax, which are based on effective Chinese herbs that can aid in lowering cortisol levels and inducing vital healthy sleep patterns. This is a great step towards reducing stress. Other great stress-reducing practices like yoga, meditation or a simple daily walk can help keep cortisol levels in check, and could thereby assist in keeping your complexion smooth and clear.
A poor diet is one of the biggest contributors to break-outs, but unfortunately it is something that many people never even consider. Dairy products can cause outbreaks because they contain a lot of hormones, in fact there are 60-some hormones in an average glass of milk. Refined sugars, gluten and a high carbohydrate diet can also cause a lot of inflammation in your gut, which can lead to redness & break-outs on your skin. A few simple changes to your diet like avoiding dairy and sugars and increasing the amount of green, leafy vegetables, can give your body the kick-start it needs to heal your skin and prevent future break-outs. Another great fix is to simply add water. Drinking at least 2 litres of purified water a day aids in detoxifying a sluggish lymphatic system. The Regul8 Digestive Tune Up (available in-clinic) is also a fantastic tool to cleanse, restore and maintain a healthy gut function (and can also help with conditions such as Eczema and Psoriasis).
POORLY FORMULATED SKIN CARE & COSMETICS
Many grades of acne are caused from using skin-care and cosmetics brimming with fragrance, preservatives and low-grade silicone, which only serve to suffocate your skin, locking bacteria into your pores and causing infection. Many people try to be frugal with their skin products, and use the cheapest alternatives available, but this is not the area to be frugal in. Your skin needs high-quality, nourishing ingredients to perform at its best. Using a good quality Paramedical product (such as DMK Skincare and makeup) is vital in the treatment and prevention of acne and congestion.
At Cronulla Skin Sanctuary, we pride ourselves on providing effective treatment programmes that work. Many clients come to us for help with frustrating acne and break-outs, and we have produced amazing results. Clients are excited not only at the reduction of break-outs, but they are also in awe at the improvement in their scarring.
DMK Enzyme Treatments works to create harmony within the skin, rapidly restoring the health & functioning of the skin, returning it to the natural state. Utilising the beneficial effects of transfer messenger enzymes to strengthen the structural integrity of the skin and create a healthy environment for cells to live and thrive in. Our pre-designed DMK Acne Programs consist of a six or twelve-week intensive skin treatments, gaining results for a healthier, clearer skin. Clients come in weekly to get the condition under control while also utilising a comprehensive homecare routine to support long lasting results.
Designed to create a wound-healing response in the skin, Skin Needling is fantastic for treating both active infections and scarring by stimulating collagen and elastin and bringing oxygen to your skin through activating blood and lymph flow.
In addition, LED Light Therapy, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments and Microdermabrasion are just some of the supplementary modalities we can use to improve your skin.When you work with us, you gain access to a plethora of treatments and expertise that will arm you with the knowledge and resources you need to have healthy, beautiful skin for all your years to come. Please remember there’s no ‘one size fits all’ rule when it comes to treating acne, everyone will require a different skin program to suit their condition & budget available.
Acne can be a brutal reality for many people. We are Paramedical Skin Therapists passionate in our craft, dedicated to using only the highest quality products, extensively trained in the latest technologies, and dedicated to making our clients feel confident in their skin. If you suffer with acne, contact us today to find out how we can improve both your skin, and your quality of life.