If you’re experiencing red and inflamed spots on your face, then you may be suffering from acne. This skin disease can be caused by a hormonal imbalance (which can cause your oil glands to make excess oil), the contraceptive pill, a family history, medicines, and even if you use greasy cosmetics, which can alter the cells of your hair follicles and make them stick together, causing a plug or blockage in your pores.
Unfortunately, acne affects people of all ages, and is certainly not reserved for those in their teenage years. According to studies collated by Allergan, acne is more common in women, with 13.6 per cent of Australian adult females having acne, and 5 per cent of women still having blemishes at age 40.
As for the cause of acne, it can stem from skin with irritations such as pustules (pimples), nodules (painful and hard lumps under the skin) and cysts. When these sores become inflamed and then close up, it can result in scarring, which can look like dark spots and little holes in the skin.
Acne scarring can be difficult to treat. This is due to textural changes in the skin, pigmentation, erythema (reddening) and more importantly, the depth of the scarring. The deeper the scarring, the more difficult to treat, so we often need to look at more than one type of treatment for improvement
With that in mind, here is the top suggestion from Jacqueline Brennan skin expert at Inskin Medi Spa on how to reduce and improve scarring
With a needling treatment
An in-salon treatment, like micro-needling, works in a similar way to acupuncture as it uses a device that has a head with 12 tiny needles to puncture the skin. “The Eclipse MicroPen™ is the most advanced medical-grade automated micro-needling device on the market,” explains skin care therapist Jacqueline Brennan. “It conducts controlled micro-injuries to the skin, which can encourage skin to produce collagen and elastin and improve the skin’s repair process. The Eclipse MicroPen™ can also have a positive effect on hyper-pigmentation, hypo-pigmentation and acne scars.” Note – while you may experience reddened skin straight after your treatment, this side effect can subside from one to four days afterwards.