12 Jul Acne condition
What is Acne?
Acne is a condition that affects the pores causing them to become partially blocked.
Acne comes from a type of bacteria that lives in the sebum (oily secretion from the glands and skin hair follicles) and produces fatty acids. The body responds by blocking the gland’s exit to the skin.
Sometimes the mixture of hair protein, oil and fatty acids damages the walls of the follicle and causes inflammation.
There are also other factors which worsen or even help the development of the condition in the first place including:
-The use of antibiotics
It is very sad to see how this condition can affect someone’s confidence and make the skin look older as unfortunately it is a condition that affects women, teenagers and adults.
We have been successfully treating acne and acne rosacea for more than 15 years and we can assure you that if you follow our advice alongside our combination of treatments you will obtain a clearer complexion.
How does the treatment work?
We from LA PELLE Skin Clinic in London use a system called IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and, depending on how severe the condition is, for best results we may recommend a treatment combination. Unlike many other clinics we have vast experience using one of the world’s safest technological advances and we have achieved significant results following the use of certain supplements.
The treatment combination accelerates the healing process for acne clearance by directing pulses of light into the epidermis. The light is absorbed by the haemoglobin in the blood vessels that feed the sebaceous glands.
Haemoglobin converts the light energy into heat, which damages the walls of the vessels supplying blood to the glands. This technique is called Selective Photothermolysis (laser hair removal or Photorejuvenation).
We have had amazing results treating clients with acne and we have achieved fantastic outcomes based on years of experience.
What makes acne worse?
Not enough antioxidant vitamins and minerals, low levels of vitamin C and E, zinc, selenium, and carotenoids may contribute to acne. These nutrients help fight free radicals that break down skin elastin, produce collagen, and repair skin damage. The catch here is that you usually have to get these from trustworthy vitamin suppliers, such as Whole Foods, Revital and the Natural Dispensary for them to be of any benefit.
Processed food data show a mixed relationship between processed foods and acne. Eat a big meal with lots of processed food and you have lots of insulin. Lots of insulin means lots of tissue growth and androgen production, which are both contributors to acne. Foods that are highly processed and cooked often contain compounds that promote oxidative stress and inflammation.
Again, oxidative stress and inflammation almost always contribute to chronic disease.
While there have been noted associations between dairy consumption and acne starting back in the 1800s, some studies indicate no association. Milk provides a mix of growth factors, hormones and nutrients specific to offspring. As rapid growth ends and the youngster can feed themselves, milk consumption is stopped (but not in humans as we tend to continue consumption of milk even into our adult lives).
Dairy foods produce a high insulin response, increase hormone levels in the body and alter inflammation – all factors that lead to unfavourable acne outcomes. Consuming cow’s milk can raise IGF-1 levels 10-20% in the body. (IGF-1 = Insulin-like Growth Factor necessary in infants but harmful to adults due to its carcinogenic potential.) IGF-1 from cow’s milk survives pasteurisation, homogenisation and digestion in our gut, and can enter the body as an intact hormone (cow and human IGF-1 share the same sequence).
The unfavourable associations between dairy and acne haven’t been noticed with fermented dairy products, perhaps because the bacteria in fermented dairy use up IGF-1, leaving less for us to absorb. We have found through years of experience and from treating hundreds of clients that whey protein in particular may encourage acne, since it is a strong promoter of insulin. A compound called betacellulin (which can be found in dairy foods) may increase skin cell division and decrease skin cell death – leading to worse acne.
Many studies link alcohol consumption to acne. GI (glycemic index) dysfunction & gluten acne is often correlated with GI tract dysfunction. Those with acne may be more likely to experience gastrointestinal problems like bloating and constipation. Gut health is often diminished when chronically stressed, leading to inflammation and potentially even a leaky gut. There may be a connection between wheat, gluten and acne (as well as between gluten and other skin conditions). Consider eliminating all sources of wheat and gluten from your diet for a month and see how this can cause a significant change to your skin.
Here at the La Pelle Clinic in London we have years of experience in treating acne of all varieties with hundreds of happy clients. Book a free consultation today and see how we can find the best treatment for you!
Before and after the Active Acne Treatment