What causes acne?
Acne is generally the result of a number of factors. It is predominantly genetic and hormonal, but may also be the result of:
- Genetic predisposal
- Hormonal changes – an increase in the androgen hormone can result in acne
- Immune system
- Blocked hair follicles
- Lifestyle factors such as excessive stress, poor diet or stress and anxiety
Risk factors for the development of acne include menstrual cycle, anxiety and stress, hot and humid climates, and some forms of oil-based make up and skin care.
What are the side effects of acne?
Acne can be a disabling and often-times disfiguring skin condition, with a number of associated potential physical and mental side effects. Acne may have wider-ranging effects than some skin cancers. A recent study published in the British Journal of Dermatology examined a group of participants both with and without acne found that the probability of developing major depression was 18.5% amongst patients with acne and 12% amongst those without. Similarly, research suggests that following a diagnosis of acne the risk of diagnosis of major depressive disorder can spike by up to 60% in comparison to the general population.
At ENRICH, we understand the wide-ranging implications acne can have and work with you to treat all aspects of acne.
Acne can also have associated side effects relating to:
- Self-esteem and body image
- Social withdrawal and relationship building
- Education and work
Common physical side effects of acne include scarring and pigmentation in previously inflamed areas. At ENRICH Clinic, we have a number of treatments that can help with the physical side effects of acne, such as laser treatments, chemical peels and skin care consultations.
Acne treatment – ENRICH Clinic Melbourne
Treatment will be dependent on the severity and persistence of each individual case of acne and the patient’s own symptoms. There are a variety of treatments available to assist in reducing and resolving acne. These include:
- Chemical peels and light therapy
- Topical creams and anti-biotic creams
- Oral prescription medication
Contact ENRICH Clinic Melbourne to secure an appointment with one of our dedicated and experienced cosmetic doctors to start treating acne.
Check out Dr Michael Rich’s comments on the treatment of acne in this recent BeautyCrew.com.au article.