Acne and Blemish Prone Skin
Blemish prone skin is a condition generally caused by excessive oil production, papules, pustules, comedones and in some cases, cysts.
Acne, blemishes, and comedones can be frustrating and confidence-diminishing skin conditions that affect people of all ages. However, with the right knowledge and skincare regimen, you can effectively prevent and treat these concerns. We will explore the underlying causes of acne and provide valuable insights into prevention and treatment strategies. We will also highlight the potential benefits of incorporating retinol, niacin, vitamin C, and skincare products from AlumierMD into your skincare routine for clear, healthy-looking skin.
They usually present on areas of the body with large concentrations of sebaceous glands like the face and upper body. They often start during puberty but can continue into adulthood.
Acne is a multifactorial skin condition characterized by the formation of blemishes and comedones. It is primarily caused by excess sebum production, clogged pores, bacterial overgrowth, and inflammation. Blemishes, such as pimples, occur when bacteria proliferate within the blocked pores, leading to red, inflamed spots. Comedones, commonly known as blackheads and whiteheads, are the result of clogged hair follicles and sebum build up.
Understanding the causes is crucial in implementing effective prevention and treatment strategies.
We use different methods to help clear the skin of acne and blemishes followed up with an impressive prescriptive homecare routine.
Consultations are the best place to start and are priced at £30 which will be deducted from your first session or put towards your first AlumierMd skincare prescription.
Our in clinic treatments are mesotherapy and skin peels.
Mesotherapy single session £229 (course of 6 sessions – £1259)
Skin Peels single session £150 (course of 4 sessions £450)
Types of Blemishes
Non-inflammatory blemishes, also known as comedones, are typically the initial stage of acne formation. They are characterized by clogged hair follicles and can appear as either whiteheads or blackheads.
Whiteheads (Closed Comedones): Whiteheads occur when a hair follicle becomes blocked with sebum (oil) and dead skin cells, resulting in a small, flesh-colored or white bump on the skin’s surface. The pore is closed, preventing exposure to air.
Blackheads (Open Comedones): Blackheads are similar to whiteheads, but the pore remains partially open, allowing the sebum and dead skin cells to oxidize when exposed to air. This oxidation gives the blackhead its characteristic dark appearance.
Non-inflammatory blemishes are typically not painful or inflamed. However, they can still contribute to the development of inflammatory acne if bacteria invade the clogged follicle
Inflammatory blemishes are characterized by redness, swelling, and tenderness due to the body’s immune response to bacteria and inflammation within the blocked hair follicles. Inflammatory acne lesions include:
Papules: Papules are small, raised, red bumps on the skin without a visible center. They are caused by inflammation and cellular damage within the blocked follicle.
Pustules: Pustules are similar to papules, but they contain visible pus at their center. They often appear as red bumps with a white or yellowish head.
Nodules: Nodules are large, painful, solid lesions that form deep within the skin. They develop when the inflammation and infection spread to deeper layers of the skin, leading to the formation of hard, swollen bumps.
Cysts: Cysts are the most severe form of inflammatory acne. They are large, painful, pus-filled lesions that can cause scarring. Cysts form when the inflammation and infection spread even deeper into the skin, resulting in a more severe immune response.
Treatment for non-inflammatory blemishes primarily focuses on keeping the pores clear through regular cleansing, exfoliation, and the use of topical retinoids or salicylic acid.
Inflammatory blemishes may require additional treatments, such as topical or oral antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide, or other anti-inflammatory agents to reduce inflammation and control bacterial growth.
It is important to note that everyone’s skin is unique, and the most effective treatment approach may vary from person to person. A consultation with our specialist can help determine the best course of action based on your specific skin condition.