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What is Acne?

Acne is becoming increasingly common. It doesn't just affect teenagers; younger children and older adults can also suffer from the condition. Acne is characterized by blockage and inflammation of the hair follicles. Acne most commonly affects the face, but can affect the chest and back. An associated condition is seborrhoea characterized by excessive oil production on the nose, forehead and chin. When pores become blocked the skin produces open comedones (blackheads) and closed comedones (whiteheads). When these blocked pores become inflamed, they progress to papules, pustules, cysts and nodules. As the inflamed acne recovers, post inflammatory pigmentation and scarring can be evident.

There are multiple triggers for acne, including hormonal factors, inherited predisposition (acne tends to run in the family), bacterial infection and the use of heavy and occlusive skincare. Whatever the cause Dr. Ophelia fully understands how acne can negatively impact one’s self-image and emotional wellbeing.

What are my treatment options?

In a consultation with Dr. Ophelia she will examine your skin care regime, general health and genetic disposition, in order to uncover the principal causes of your acne.  She will curate a treatment plan suitable for you, which may include the following treatments: light or laser based therapies, chemical peels, topical or oral treatments.