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Acne

Acne, medically known as Acne Vulgaris, is a common skin disease that involves the oil glands at the base of hair follicles. Acne is not dangerous but can leave skin scars. 

It commonly occurs during puberty when the sebaceous (oil) glands come to life - the glands are stimulated by male hormones produced by the adrenal glands of both males and females.

Human skin has pores (tiny holes) which connect to oil glands located under the skin. The glands are connected to the pores via follicles - small canals. These glands produce Sebum, an oily liquid. The sebum carries dead skin cells through the follicles to the surface of the skin.

Spots form when these follicles get blocked, the Androgen hormone is increased in puberty resulting in an accumulation of oil under the skin as well as pressure building up along the hair follicle. The bacteria P Acnes which is present in our skin multiplies rapidly due to the increased pressure increased activity of cell turnover resulting in spots and pimples. It is the increased pressure in the follicle pushing up to the surface which can cause acne scaring. To improve the appearance of scars, Cosmex Clinic recommends Kelo-Cote, click here to find out more.

What causes Acne?

Some studies indicate that susceptibility to acne could be genetic.

Medications which contain androgen and lithium may cause acne.

Greasy cosmetics may cause acne in some susceptible people.

Hormone changes during pregnancy may cause acne to either develop for the first time, or to reoccur.

A diet rich in high glycaemic index foods and dairy products is now linked to acne, according to a new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. February 2013.

Treatment of Acne

There are two aspects to the treatment of acne:

  • Treatment of the active acne
  • Reduction of any scarring resulting from the active acne

Skin Conditions

Our detailed skin consultation and assessment prior to a treatment ensures we choose the treatments of maximum benefit for your skin with the objective of restoring your skin to optimum health. 

Dry Dehydrated Skin

What is Dry Skin?

The outer layers of skin lose their ability to maintain normal moisture levels due to a lack of HA (hyaluronic acid) For the most part, this is due to sun damage which is responsible for the breakdown of HA and collagen.  As a result skin tone becomes rough and dry.

Why Your Skin Gets Dehydrated

Dehydrated skin is a temporary condition that has some overlap with dry skin. Often brought on by environmental factors eg the sun or by extrinsic factors such as poor skin care, smoking, alcohol or poor health. The wrong skin care product can cause our skin to become dehydrated

Treatments

Treatments at the Cosmex Clinic can improve skin texture help to reduce age spots or pigmentation. Replace lost moisture and rehydrate the skin with skin boosters. Replace volume loss with Dermal Fillers and stimulate collagen production to improve skin tone and elasticity with the Endymed™ 3Deep RF and or the Genuine Dermaroller™. All treatments complement each other and have synergy to give your skin a healthy rejuvenated glow.

Eczema

Eczema & Dermatitis

Eczema or dermatitis is inflammation of the skin that can occur anywhere on the skin. Eczema can be very itchy, disrupts sleep and affects other day to day activities. There are different types of eczema, and both adults and children can be affected. The treatments can be confusing and sometimes it seems that nothing makes it better, however specialist dermatology assessment, advice and treatments can help to improve and control the condition.

Rebecca Davis (Dermatology Nurse Consultant) is experienced in managing both children and adults with eczema or dermatitis and can offer treatment and advice. She can also show you how to apply your treatments if you have had treatments prescribed but are unsure how to use them.

Open Pores

What is an open pore?

Open pores are often associated with spots or acne prone skin, the pores on our skin are the openings of the sebaceous glands. An increase of the hormone androgen associated with puberty, stimulates these oil glands and dilates the pore which can give a dimpled effect. These pores can be clogged with cellular debris the oxidation of this debris turn black, which we call a black head.

Medi-grade skin care will help reduce open pores, you can find out more here

Psoriasis

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects about 2% of the population. It often affects the elbows, knees and scalp but can occur anywhere on the skin. The patches can be itchy but are not always. Psoriasis can affect your day to day activities.

Rebecca Davis (Dermatology Nurse Consultant) is experienced in treating psoriasis and can offer advice and treatments. I can apply treatments on a regular basis or show you how to use your treatments most effectively.

Rosacea

Rosacea

Rosacea, sometimes also called Acne Rosacea, is a red rash that affects the face. There can be small reddened bumps, red areas and sometimes scaling. The skin often feels very sensitive.

Rebecca Davis (Dermatology Nurse Consultant) is experienced in treating rosacea and can offer treatments and advice.

Sun Damaged Skin

Being in the sunshine makes us feel good and we need it for Vitamin D production, but the sun is the biggest factor that affects ageing of the skin.

Its damaging UVA and UVB rays age our skin prematurely by thinning the protective epidermal layers. UVA rays make up 95% of UV light and penetrate deep into the dermis to damage the skin, even on cloudy days, through your car window and in winter.

Think of UVA for Ageing skin and think of UVB for Burning as these rays only penetrate and burn the skin’s upper epidermal layer. There are more UVB rays on sunny days and during the summer.

Sun or photo-damaged skin is characterised by lines and wrinkles, a lack of elasticity and tightness, areas of pigmentation, blemishes and a duller complexion. At its worst the skin can be affected by solar keratosis (rough scaly patches of skin) and skin cancers.

Ageing skin has damage to the collagen which consequently causes elasticity loss and can look dull, dehydrated and “leathery”. Sun spots (solar lentigines) are brown marks on the skin, especially the face and arms, which can develop on people who spend a considerable amount of time in the sun. These tend to appear later in life after years of sun exposure without correct sun screen.

At Cosmex we discuss how to maintain healthy skin and slow the process of skin ageing. We recommend all year round protection and provide the Heliocare range of clinically proven skin protection.