Acne Vulgaris (Pimples)
Acne Vulgaris is the medical term for pimples / acne. It is the most common skin condition encountered by anyone and everyone, with the feared consequences of long-term scarring, which creates uneven marks and scars on one's face.
Causes of Acne The main cause of acne is genetics as shown in multiple scientific clinical studies. Other important related factors are the increase in sexual hormones during puberty. Of course, we know menstrual periods, oily diet, lack of sleep and stress do contribute partly to acne breakouts as well.
What is the process of acne formation?
Acne lesions ( pimples ) form due to the interplay of these 4 factors :
A. Hyperseborrhea ( excessive production of sebum / oil by the skin)
B. Presence of a skin bacteria called Propionibacterium Acnes
C. Increased abnormal skin cell activity causing clogging of the skin pore
D. Inflammation of the skin pore
How does acne look like?
There are many variants of acne, ranging from whiteheads, blackheads, to papules, pustules and nodular cysts.
Why must we treat acne? It is extremely important to treat acne, because the consequences of untreated acne are highly damaging - physically, mentally and financially.
They form blemishes and scars and cause disfiguring of the skin. If left long enough, these scars go deeper and become permanent. The color and texture of one’s face and skin is worsened due to these scars, bringing about a big blow to one's self confidence. A concerned individual would then have to spend even more in an attempt to get rid of the blemishes and scars - which would not be easy. It is always easier to prevent the damage then to repair the damage.
Read more about acne scarring and treatment here.
How do we effectively treat acne?
Dr. Israr Wong at The Knightsbridge Clinic has a proven regime of 3 STEP ACNE ERADICATION PROTOCOL. It targets the 4 factors that contribute to acne formation. Follow the Protocol and the path to clear blemish-free skin awaits you.
3 Step acne eradication protocol
Step 2. Retinol Serum - Concentrated Retinol Serum is applied to the face and an electrophoration machine is used to bring the serum into the deep layers of the skin. Retinol, at such a concentration, suppresses the sebum glands of the skin, thus resulting in reduced oil production. It also stimulates the dead skin cells to be removed within a shorter time-frame, thus not clogging up the pores. New healthy skin cells are also stimulated to regenerate in a much faster fashion. The effects are noticed immediately after 1 session. This is to be repeated in the alternate weeks between Dermanew sessions. A course of 10 sessions is recommended to control the oil optimally. (Ladies who are planning to be / are pregnant cannot be on this treatment.)
Step 3. Home-use AKNICARE Set - This home-use set consists of a cleanser, a lotion and a moisturiser cream. It is proven in scientific studies to effectively reduce acne, and also fine-tunes the skin to produce much less oil, treating the root cause of acne. Aknicare is especially useful for acne as it actually ‘tells’ the skin to secrete less oil, unlike many other acne products. Treating the root cause of acne – excess oil production is very important.
This is also a ground-breaking formulation proven to work for oily and acne skin without the need for retinoids, antibiotics and steroids in the formulation.
Cleansing should be done 3 times a day (2 times for working adults), making sure to use at least 3 pumps of the cleanser for the whole face, and leaving it on the face for 30 seconds after lathering. The lotion, is then applied onto the whole face after drying the face. More should be applied on the acne bumps. The lotion can be repeatedly applied once every 2-3 hours for fast reduction of acne bumps. The moisturiser is not any other normal moisturiser, it also reduces oil and treats acne. It is only to be applied on parts of the face that become dry due to the cleanser and lotion treatment, usually around the corners of the eyes and nose and lips.
Why aren't there treatments like Roaccutane and antibiotics?
Roaccutane treatment has moderate to severe side effects like dry, cracked lips and skin and needs to be taken for 6-9 months. It may also cause side effects to the liver and kidney (regular blood test monitoring is needed to ensure this doesn’t happen) and I always use it ONLY if all else has failed, or if the acne is EXTREMELY SEVERE to start with.
I also avoid antibiotics unless absolutely necessary, because it does not seem logical to expose the whole body to long term antibiotics when the problem is only on the face. Long-term antibiotics intake also comes with its own set of problems and side effects. My acne treatment regime is very effective already in eradicating face bacteria.