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Spot of bother: acne isn’t Just a problem for teens, more women are suffering… but help is at hand

Acne can be the bane of our teenage years — plaguing our puberty before settling down in  our 20s. Or, rather, that’s how it used to be. Today, spots are no longer just a problem for adolescents.  A recent study found that more than half of UK women over 30 struggle with blemishes.

Experts say our busy lives have sent levels of the stress hormone cortisol soaring, pushing oil production into overdrive.  ‘Acne is caused by the sebaceous glands producing more oil,’ says consultant dermatologist Dr Susan Mayou. ‘Excess sebum is trapped by dead skin cells, which clog pores, so blocked bacteria then reacts with the grease, forming spots.’

Products containing pore-unplugging acids have been proven to reduce spots by causing the top layer of skin cells to shed, unblocking the sebaceous glands, combating black and whiteheads.’  Choose creams with concentrations of 2.5 to 5 per cent — anything higher can be drying.

Effective: The Dermaroller pinpricks skin so it then repairs itself.  To heal scars, collagen production must be stimulated.

Skin needling treatments, such as the dermaroller, involves ‘injuring’ the skin with lots of tiny pinpricks, so encouraging the natural repair process, which can also help.

Daily Mail, 17th January 2011

Skin clinics throughout the UK have noticed a surge in the number of “30-something” adults looking for effective treatments of acne and the associated symptoms of this increasingly common – and often stress induced – condition.  In-clinic treatments and at-home regimens are being utilised by adults seeking to resolve acne, but caution is to be advised as effective treatments can include harsh and abrasive ingredients which should only be prescribed by a qualified and experienced practitioner.

Melior Clinics are experts in the field of skin care and facial aesthetics and their specialist knowledge of the Obagi treatments and creams puts them to the forefront of acne authority. Their understanding of the Obagi range and also collagen stimulating dermaroller treatments, ensures that patients can firstly effectively manage the acne spots, redness and blemishes and secondly, effectively treat the associated scarring and pigmentation issues.

The Obagi CLENZIderm System, available from Melior Clinics, is the only acne treatment that contains a patented, solubilised form of 5% benzoyl peroxide (BPO) to penetrate deep into the follicle and treat acne where it starts. These simple 3-step, physician-dispensed acne therapies – with individual treatment programmes for dry and oily skins – are clinically proven to better penetrate the follicles for effective P. acnes bacteria reduction and rapid lesion reduction. Obagi systems are clinically proven to penetrate more effectively than leading products because of their solubilised BPO formulation. This powerful medication penetrates deep into the follicles to reduce acne where it starts—providing a visibly clearer complexion in as little as 2 weeks.

Complementing the Obagi Clenziderm system, the dermaroller has revolutionized the approach with the goal of improving the appearance of old scars, including acne pitting. The dermaroller treatment aims to achieve its results by naturally stimulating collagen and elastin production within the skin can plump up areas of scarring and pitting, softening the skin surface and evening out the skin tone by reducing pigmentation.

For those with particularly resistant acne pigmentation scarring, the Obagi NuDerm System, a physician-prescribed skin care system, accelerates the cellular turnover. This System penetrates deep to improve damage in layers of the skin. It boosts functions of the skin at the cellular level to improve skin’s cellular function and promote more uniform cells at the deepest layer for better skin structure and balanced, more even skin tone.

Article produced by Melior Clinics Ltd
Skin Care & Facial Aesthetic Specialists of Harley Street
www.meliorclinics.co.uk