Acne is a common inflammatory skin condition, affecting approximately 93.3% of Australian adolescents aged 16-18 but can persist through to or appear in the ’30s and ’40s. It is a chronic inflammatory disease of the pilosebaceous follicles, characterized by comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules and in some cases scarring. Acne typically occurs on the face, neck, chest, back and arms. Like many skin conditions, the psychological impact of acne can be significant, affecting both self-esteem and quality of life.
Acne occurs due to a combination of excessive keratin and sebum production as well as colonisation of Propionibacterium acnes bacteria, which leads to clogging and infection of the pores and inflammatory response. The increase of sebum production is linked to the increased production of androgenic hormones that typically occurs during puberty as well as in conditions such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Despite the previous consensus that diet plays no role in acne, recent research has highlighted the connection between Westernised diets and acne prevalence. An association has found between acne and cow’s milk consumption and high glycaemic index (GI) diets.
At Psoriasis Eczema Clinic, acne treatments are customised according to the individual symptoms, presentation, location and triggers. Our unique treatments are based on natural, plant-based bio-actives that help to reduce the inflammation of the skin whilst supporting a healthy skin barrier and microbiome. If you would like to book a consultation for your acne, call the PEC today.