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Acne is a common skin condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It’s an issue that many adolescents and adults struggle with, and can have severe impacts on confidence and self-esteem. While it might feel like there’s no escape from the relentless redness and spots, relief is possible. While many only experience short-term, mild acne outbreaks throughout their lives, an estimated 20% of individuals will face long-term or severe acne bouts- we explain the cause and  cures of acne at VIVA.

Wave acne goodbye at VIVA Skin Clinics

Our doctors and nurses understand the concerns that bother you. They will be able to assess the cause of your acne and recommend the right treatment option for you so that you leave VIVA Skin Clinics feeling amazing with a renewed sense of confidence and incredible skin. We offer free skincare consultations and medical treatment for acne. Using medical grade skincare, topical retinoids and lifestyle recommnedations- acne is a thing of past!

There are many causes for acne that include:

  • Stress
  • Diet
  • Hormones
  • Lack of exfoliation
  • Poor skincare routines and hygiene
  • Over exfoliation
  • Chemical acne- allergy
  • Over growth of candida

What is Acne?

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that most commonly affects the face, neck and back. Acne may appear as blackheads, whiteheads, pimples or spots. Acne is often associated with teenagers or women entering menopause due to hormonal changes that occur within the body at these times. Acne can be hormonal, but is more often due to pores becoming clogged with debris consisting of excess sebum and dead skin cells.

Types of acne:

There are several types of acne with different causes, listed below are the more common four types of acne.

  • Cystic Acne: Acne that causes deep, painful nodules that contain pus. This type of acne can cause scarring.
  • Hormonal Acne: Acne from the over production of sebum that is regulated by hormones.
  • Fungal Acne: Acne caused by yeast or candida building up in the the hair follicles. This can be itchy and red or inflammed- it is located in the hair follicle and can be on the chest, back, neck and face.
  • Nodular Acne: Severe type of acne that forms firm nodules deep under the skin with a pimple at the surface level.



How to treat acne:

A blocked pore will usually appear as a blackhead, unless infection has set in, in which case they will appear as whiteheads or pimples. Picking, squeezing, or touching the pimples is very tempting, although should be avoided as this can cause further inflammation and contribute to the spreading of the infection to healthy pores exaggerating the condition. Untreated acne, or acne that has been severely disrupted through picking may lead to permanent scarring. Thankfully, acne can be successfully managed by way of deep cleansing, exfoliation, some mild to moderate peels (depending on the severity of the condition), and a recommended skincare regime.

To treat acne, the type of acne must be determined by your dermatologist of skin doctor. Book in for a consultation for our medical team to give you a free acne consultation here.

For severe acne types of treatment may include:

  1. Topical retinoids
  2. Medical grade skincare
  3. Diet and lifestyle recommendations
  4. Prescription drugs

When treating acne its important to select the correct skincare ingredients,apply moisturizers and avoid from over exfoliation. At VIVA we guide all patients thru our acne kits and systems to ensure maximum results and aim to decrease treatment discomfort.

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