What is acne?
Acne is a common skin condition. Some people only have a few impurities such as blackheads or whiteheads, while others suffer from severe inflammation, yet both conditions are referred to as acne. It’s a common misconception that acne only affects young people – you can also suffer from acne later in life. Excessive sebum production combined with an accumulation of dead skin cells can block the sebaceous glands. The acne that causes bacteria, P. Acnes, then multiplies in the sebaceous glands. Acne can have a huge impact on your self-confidence and your day-to-day life. Fortunately, these days there are some very effective acne treatments available.
What can you do yourself to combat acne?
Do you have acne? Then there are also things you can do to help repair your skin. This can have a huge impact on the effects of the treatments.
- Be kind to your skin. After washing, carefully pat – don’t rub! – your skin dry. Keep your skin clean by washing it no more than twice a day.
- Don’t use normal soap, dehydrating lotions, greasy body milk, or make-up on your face.
- Use the right cosmeceuticals. We can advise you on what to use. Always protect your face with at least SPF 30.
- Don’t squeeze or pick at your skin. This can cause new pimples, scars, and pigmentation spots.
- Sunlight doesn’t help. Sometimes you might think that it does, because the acne is less noticeable when your skin is tanned. However, this dries out the skin, causing pigmentation spots and damage to your DNA.
Acne treatment in Amsterdam
Choosing the most effective treatment for you depends on several factors, for example: the extent to which the acne is active, your skin type, and your personal wishes. Our skin therapist analyzes your skin and determines which acne treatment is the best for you. Acne can be effectively treated with chemical peels, Dermapen treatments, hydrodermabrasion treatments such as HydraFacials, deep cleansing, and laser therapy.
Laser treatment for acne
In a laser treatment, which uses blue and red light, the acne-causing bacteria are killed by a chemical reaction. Blue light kills the P. Acnes bacteria, red light reduces the inflammation.
This soothes and smooths the skin. A treatment program for acne is intensive, and you yourself play an important role in this. The skin therapist will advise you on the right cosmeceuticals (products with active ingredients for the treatment of acne) to use at home.
How long is a treatment program for acne?
You will need one to two treatments per week and a minimum of six treatments in order to get the best results. You may also need a follow-up treatment after three to six months.
What kind of result can I expect from acne treatment?
Your skin will be a bit red and swollen immediately after the treatment, but this will go away on its own. Impurities and inflammations start to subside immediately after the treatment.
Regular acne treatment with deep cleansing and peels
Acne can be effectively treated with a combination of deep cleansing and chemical peels. During the cleansing we remove all impurities from the skin, such as blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples. We then apply a chemical peel, which removes the top layer of the skin. This stimulates cell renewal and soothes and evens out the skin. It is essential that the right cosmeceuticals are used. We use HydraFacial products, for example. We also use Skin Tech, SkinCeuticals, and Image Skincare peels. We often start with a HydraFacial treatment, or do a combination of HydraFacial and other peels straight away.
Pre-care and aftercare
For a successful acne treatment, it is important that you follow the pre-care and aftercare instructions carefully.
- You cannot undergo this treatment if you are pregnant
- You must not use retinol, glycolic acid, or other acids in the three days prior to treatment
- Your treatment will not go ahead if you have an active cold sore
- Before the treatment, use the products recommended by the skin therapist
- Men: Do not shave on the day of your peel treatment
- Do not wax one week before treatment
- Avoid sun expose for two weeks
- Do not scratch or pick at the skin
- Only use the products that we recommend and that are suitable for skin that has just undergone a peel
- Use the recommended SPF cream
- You must not have a laser hair removal treatment for two months
- Do not wax for seven days after the treatment
- Do not use retinol, glycolic acid, or other acids in the seven days after the treatment
Do you want to say goodbye to your acne? Make an appointment now
Time to take care of that acne once and for all? We are more than happy to discuss your options with you. Make an appointment or contact us for more information.