Acne Treatments

Acne treatments At A Glance

  • Best Results1-5 treatments
  • Treatment Recovery0-2 days
  • Procedure Time5 to 15 minutes
  • Skin SpecialistNurse, therapist, medical dermatologist
  • Duration of Results1 month to lifetime
  • AnaestheticNot required
  • Back to Work Immediately
  • Cost$

Acne treatments

Using a combination of creams, tablets, vitamin A and chemical peels, our general dermatologists have success rates of over 98% in treating all forms of acne, including teenage acne, cystic acne, hormonal acne, bacne & blackheads. This page will discuss some methods we use to treat acne, however I will outline my programs I have developed over the years to reduce scarring in patients with active acne.

FactsImportant facts on acne treatments

  • Treating acne early is important to prevent scarring
  • Specialists have a variety of ways to effectively treat your acne, including creams, tablets, thru to chemical peels
  • The cause of acne is often due to many factors including genes, diet, stress as well as the type of skin care & make up you are using
  • Clinicians at Clinic Cutis employ peels, lasers, & LED technology to treat acne
  • Dermatologists prescribe topicals as well as systemic agents to effectively control acne
  • The biggest factor that determines scarring is the time taken to effectively control your acne

Why do I have acne?

We now understand that there is no one single cause of acne, but a multitude of different factors that contributes to this condition. The most important factors are genetic, followed by hormones, stress, diet, & skin care. All of these factors can cause bacteria to multiply, pores to block and oil to form. This results in acne.

Acne can be mild and non-scarring, such as blackheads & white heads, or extreme and scarring. Extreme acne includes cystic acne & extensive bacne. Regardless of the type of acne you have, general dermatologists at Cutis Dermatology can find a solution for you.

Everything is in your control. If you are experiencing side effects, you have the control to cease medications. Your treating dermatologist will discuss side effects of medications prior to prescription.

What is the very first step in treating acne?

The ABSOLUTE first step is to ensure that you are using the correct products on your skin- namely a suitable cleanser, moisturizer and active ingredients to help exfoliate blackheads and reduce oil production.

The majority of acne patients will not need to be on prescription tablets, and can be treated with over the counter acne skin care. Our expert dermatology clinicians can guide you thru a process of chemical peels, phototherapy & products for acne prone skin.

Simple program that works in 70% of cases, don’t underestimate the power of diet.


What types of treatments are there for acne?

We will guide you thru the multitude of treatments depending on your lifestyle, your previous responses, family history but most importantly the severity of your acne. We direct treatments at the factors that cause acne, in some cases it maybe due to oil production, in others it maybe hormonal.

This is an overview of how we approach acne treatments.

Acne Skin care – cleansers and moisturisers. Patients suffering from acne and oily skin will need to have the correct skin care as the basics of treatment.

Retinoids are useful actives to help reduce scars & active acne

Cleansers that are endorsed by Dermatologists include Obagi, Cetaphil, Neutrogena and QV Cleanser. Moisturisers that are do not clog pores include the Obagi and La Roche Posay range. The sunscreen of choice is La Roche Posay 50+ Face sunscreen.

Prescription creams, gels, and lotions- These products are prescription medications designed to reduce oil production, normalise bacterial counts and help with breakouts and blackheads. We use a combination of antibiotics and Vitamin A prescriptions to help treat mild to moderate acne. For extensive areas of acne, such as back acne (bacne), a special compounded solution can be used on a nightly basis. The most commonly prescribed creams include Eryacne, Clindatech, Duac, Stivel A, Differin & Epiduo.

Tablet antibiotics– Tablets should always be combined with a vitamin A cream to help reduce antibiotic resistance. A course of antibiotics ranges from 12 weeks to 12 months or longer. The most commonly prescribed antibiotics include Doxycycline, Tetracycline, Minocycline and Erythomycin. Antibiotics are most effective against papular and pustular acne (zits).

What types of chemical peels can help with acne?

Chemical peelsare aimed at exfoliation and decreasing inflammation. They are an excellent method of treatment for blackhead and white head acne, and to reduce oil & congestion.

We have a vast selection of peels. Our peels include the VITA peel- high strength vitamin A probably the most favoured peel for blackhead acne and congested skin. We also have AHA or fruit acid peels, & BHAs or salicylic acid peels. In patients with very sensitive skin we use lactic acid. Specialist strength peels are affordable at only $98 per peel. Some patients require one peel; others will require a series of peels spaced 2 weeks apart.

Retinoic acid peels are 200-400X stronger tham retinol.

Our clinicians will customise a peel based upon your acne type and your skin sensitivity. In most cases one peel can remove as much as 80% of blackheads.

BHA peels can markedly reduce blackheads & acne in only 1-2 treatments.


Davin’s viewpoint on Acne Treatments

The future looks bright as new lasers have been developed to treat acne at its source- the oil gland or pilosebaceous unit. This new laser has been approved by the FDA & it arrives in Australia in 2023. It uses special laser light to penetrate into the deeper parts of skin. The technical name is non-ablative laser resurfacing. AviClear treatments are spaced one month apart for a total of three sessions. The clearance rate is over 85% at month three, with further improvements expected over the following months. AviClear can be used alone, or it can be combined with treatments such as topical retinoids & chemical peels for faster outcomes.

The very first step in managing acne scars is the PREVENTION of further scarring, hence treating active acne is the priority. Most patients don’t realise that the majority of acne can be treated using the correct over the counter skin products such as active Vitamin A creams, exfoliating washes, and gentle cleansers. See the section on acne skin care to have a better understanding of what to use.

For early scars on the background of active acne, I perform RF eMatrix or better still Tixel this remodel collagen and scars with minimal downtime. Vascular lasers including V Beam Perfect or Prima can reduce red marks during the healing phase of acne scarring. For an assessment & treatment plan, book with my team at Cutis Dermatology.

Disclaimer: I do not treat acne. This is medical & not procedural. For acne control, please book an appointment with my colleagues at Cutis.

We use specific fractional lasers for acne scars. CO2 is the best, however downtime is prolonged. Non-ablative lasers such as Hybrid have less downtime.

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