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Acne and Acne Scarring Treatment

Acne is a common skin condition. Although it is most frequently associated with puberty, acne breakouts can occur from infancy all the way through middle-age and beyond. For example, women are particularly prone to acne during the menopausal years, when hormonal fluctuations can wreak havoc with the complexion. While acne is not a concerning medical condition in most cases, it can be quite debilitating from a social and personal standpoint.

Your challenges with acne may not stop there, though. Many people with acne not only find it difficult to keep their acne at bay but also struggle to conceal their acne scars, a frequent and persistent result of acne. Even if you can manage the clarity of your skin or outgrow your acne, these scars can be a constant and painful reminder of past problems and limit your self-confidence and wellbeing. However, you can treat acne scars effectively, just as you can treat your acne.

You have many options if you are battling acne and scarring today, through a variety of effective treatments that can improve mild to more severe symptoms. You can find many of these treatments at Kaya Cosmedica. We offer our patients a carefully selected variety of nonsurgical procedures designed to clear the skin and create a healthy, beautiful complexion. In addition, we provide professional-grade skincare you can use at home to complement and support your professional treatments. We can even help you say goodbye to residual scarring — that frequent bane of acne sufferers that can linger long after the breakouts have stopped.

The Causes and Results of Acne

The mechanics of acne begin when the pores of the skin become clogged with dead skin cells. These cells usually slough away from the skin’s surface naturally but, in the dermis that produces excessive amounts of oil known as sebum, the dead cells begin to stick together inside of the pore. Bacteria known as P. acnes can exacerbate the problem, causing inflammation of the skin around the pore. As the bacteria continue to multiply, it can lead to the formation of a cyst or nodule.

Symptoms of acne may include the following:

  • Whiteheads (clogged pores that remain closed)
  • Blackheads (clogged pores that open, revealing the oil and bacteria)
  • Papules (small red bumps that are visible signs of inflammation)
  • Pimples (enlarged papules with pus inside)
  • Nodules (painful, large lumps beneath the skin’s surface)
  • Cystic Lesions (nodules that contain pus)

While it is uncertain why some people develop acne and others do not, several factors may increase your risk for the condition or exacerbate acne that already exists. These include hormonal fluctuations, some medications and stress. Dr Khinda will work with you to address your acne concerns from a medical perspective, which may involve working with your nutrition and overall skin health beyond direct skin treatments.

When cysts or nodules rupture, either on their own or when disturbed through skin picking, they will heal naturally but can often leave behind scar tissue, the natural and unavoidable result of the healing process. Even if you finally get your acne under control, you may have substantial scar tissue to manage, which may require you to apply makeup or grow your beard out continually, even if you don’t want to, to hide these tell-tale signs.

Eliminate Acne Scars for Good

If you have passed the point of acne breakouts, acne scarring from your condition can serve as a painful and permanent reminder of past problems. Acne scars can often be worse than the acne itself because they are troublesome and time-consuming to conceal and are virtually impossible to abate on your own. The good news is that residual scarring does not have to be permanent thanks to innovative solutions that we offer at Kaya Cosmedica.

There are two main types of acne scarring – atrophic scars caused by a loss of volume in the skin, and the less common hypertrophic scars like keloids that form from an excess of volume. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is not a true acne scar, but the discolouration left from excess melanin production caused by skin inflammation.

The main type of atrophic acne scars are:

  • Ice Pick Scars — deep, narrow scars that extend into the dermis
  • Boxcar Scars — round or oval depressed scars with steep vertical sides. Wider than ice pick scars, they give the skin an uneven, pitted appearance.
  • Rolling Scars — these scars cause rolling or wave-like depressions across otherwise normal-looking skin. Rolling scars, in comparison to boxcar scars, are not sharply defined.

We can help reduce and even eliminate the appearance of several types of atrophic acne scars as well as PIH, which can have a severe negative impact on your facial appearance.

Whether you need a superficial treatment to even out skin tone and texture or more invasive therapies to reduce more severe scarring as described above, we can help you create a treatment program that can once again give you clear skin, solving your acne and other skin problems simultaneously for beautiful and very long-lasting results. Our treatments are thoroughly researched, backed by clinical trials, effective and, most critically, safe.

Treatment for Acne and Acne Scarring at Kaya Cosmedica

Kaya Cosmedica offers a variety of treatments to address the symptoms of acne and the skin problems it can leave behind, helping our clients obtain clearer, more beautiful skin that lasts:

Dermafrac

This innovative treatment combines microdermabrasion, which removes the outermost skin layers (and along with it scar tissue), with micro-needling and a. targeted serum infusion to produce dramatically healthier skin and relief from a wide range of problems. The clarifying solution we use for this treatment combines salicylic and lactic acid, which opens clogged pores and neutralises bacteria, minimising future breakouts. Dermafrac is also effective at treating post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, a common problem that produces unwanted skin discolouration around acne flare-ups; individuals with pigmentation issues can have clearer, brighter skin after Dermafrac. At the same time, this treatment minimises fine lines and wrinkles for women, giving them relief from acne and acne scarring along with smoother facial lines, simultaneously.

Medical Skin Peels

Medical grade peels are effective exfoliating treatments that use chemical solutions to remove the outer layers of the skin — erasing many forms of skin damage, including acne scarring, and revealing the softer, healthier skin beneath. We offer a wide range of formulations, including salicylic acid peels and lactic acid peels, so that we can tailor these treatments to the severity of your condition and desired results. Most peels are very comfortable and require little downtime, allowing you to keep your pimples under control without disrupting your daily schedule very much.

TCA CROSS is the chemical reconstruction of skin scars (CROSS) with trichloroacetic acid (TCA). This treatment is used to diminish the appearance of ice pick acne scars in patients of all skin tones. During a TCA CROSS session, the skin is cleansed and a small amount of concentrated TCA is applied to acne scars using a toothpick. The TCA triggers a local inflammatory reaction that stimulates the production of new collagen. Over time, the new collagen fibres remodel the skin and ‘fill in’ the scar. Most patients require three to six TCA CROSS treatments for maximum improvement. The recommended sessions may be scheduled at six– to eight-week intervals over six months. TCA CROSS is often used in combination with other scar treatments.

Omnilux

LED light therapy can also be beneficial in treating acne, acne scarring and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation issues. Our Omnilux system is the gold standard in this technology, offering a myriad of benefits to our patients, including those struggling with this troublesome skin condition. Our Omnilux Blue neutralises the P. acnes bacteria, which reduces inflammation in the skin. When we combine this treatment with the Omnilux Revive, we can produce a marked reduction in acne skin lesions. Men and women can also enjoy dramatic improvement to signs of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation after having Omnilux, for a comprehensively refreshed look.

Medical-Grade Skincare

While professional treatments in our office are the best way to keep acne at bay, we also offer medical-grade skincare to help you manage your skin condition from the comfort of your own home. High-quality lines like Synergie provide specialised formulations designed to keep acne-prone skin healthy and clear by addressing the situation at its roots and improve the appearance of the skin’s surface. Our team of professionals will assess your skin to help you determine the best line and products for your needs. As a result, you can minimise both the presence of acne and the potential of acne scarring, with long-term results.

Subcision

Subcision is an ideal treatment for depressed scars. It is a medical procedure that is performed on an outpatient basis and uses a specialised hypodermic needle to break the fibrotic strands that tether the scar tissue to underlying tissue. This technique can help release the upper layers of skin and reduce skin depressions that are the results of scarring. As the skin heals, more collagen and elastin are also produced, leading to improved skin tone with better hydration, naturally.

Dermal Fillers & Collagen Stimulators

Dermal fillers may also be used to smooth the skin where acne scar tissue has left depressions which have become a cosmetic concern. While not a permanent solution, injectables immediately restore lost volume, creating smoother and more attractive skin, and, in addition, naturally boost collagen and elastin in the skin, leading to long-lasting improvements in skin health and appearance.

You might leave Kaya Cosmedica with the best skin of your life. That’s because Dr Parvin Khinda deeply understands the complexities of the skin and anatomy that underly effective treatments and outstanding results. It is the skill of your provider that defines the quality of your outcome, not merely the reputation of the products you choose. Clearly, when you combine proven treatments with an experienced provider, you will look your best and, most importantly, feel your best.

Bright, blemish-free skin begins with skin treatments performed by Dr Parvin Khinda at Kaya Cosmedica!

At Kaya Cosmedica, Dr Parvin Khinda is committed to helping you enjoy clearer, healthier skin throughout every phase of your life. To find out more about your options in acne, acne scarring and skin health treatments, contact us today on 03 9329 9991 or schedule your consultation using our convenient online booking platform.

You can look great again now with Dr Parvin Khinda and Kaya Cosmedica.

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