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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Can cosmetic medicine help remove acne from my face?

    I have had acne and acne scars since I was a teenager. It covers my face and has greatly affected my self-esteem. Can cosmetic medicine remove the acne from my face entirely? Will there be scarring?
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    Dr Ash Sankarayya

    Cosmetic Physician, GP (General Practitioner)

    Dr Ash Sankarayya is a Cosmetic Physician with more than 10 years experience in aesthetic medicine. He was born and educated in England and qualified … View Profile

    VI peel is the newest peel in the market which is suitable for all skin types and works very well on acne. 

    The Vi Peel utilizes a combination of acids providing a treatment that is virtually painless with minimal downtime. The Vi Peel will:

    • Improve the overall quality, tone, and texture of your skin
    • Reduce age spots, freckles, hyperpigmentation including melasma
    • Soften lines and wrinkles by stimulating production of collagen
    • Treat acne skin conditions, reduce or eliminate acne scars
    • Stimulate the production of collagen, for firmer, more youthful skin

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    Dr John Mahony

    Cosmetic Physician

    Dr John Mahony studied Medicine at Sydney University 1980-1984 graduating early 1985. Internship and residency years followed in the Illawarra, covering general medical and surgical … View Profile

    Need to know a lot more:

    Age Gender
    Degree of current acne.
    Generally getting better or worse or staying same?
    Other conditions: PCOS? Cushings?
    Current medications?
    Smoke? Drink? exercise? sun exposure?
    Make-up use? Creams? Moisturisers? Soaps?
    Contraceptive pill? Antibiotics?

    Cysts? Whiteheads? Blackheads? Oil? Scars?

    Past treatments: Roaccutane? Topical retinoids? Antibiotics? How long for? Diane35? Peels? Microdermabrasion? PDT? Aldactone? Lasers?

    Without knowing all this, its pretty hard to be definitive in answering you.

    Without seeing your skin, ditto.

    But generally speaking we can improve acne by taking a thorough, multi-pronged approach addressing all the various steps of the comedogenic process.

  • Dr Christina Tan

    Cosmetic Physician

    Look Your Best Without Surgery. Melbourne Cosmetic Medicine is a dedicated cosmetic medical clinic, specialising in non-surgical cosmetic enhancement using the most popular Anti-Wrinkle Injections, … View Profile

    Yes, a good cosmetic doctor can help improve acne on your face.

    This starts with a thorough medical consultation to identify any underlying medical issues such as polycystic ovaries, that maybe contributing to your acne. 

    Then performing a detailed skin examination to assess the type and amount of acne, any associated acne scarring, and whether you have acne elsewhere on your chest, shoulders and back.

    Common treatment options include:
    - Topical gels 
    - Medical skincare containing mild acids and vitamin serums
    - Oral Antibiotics
    - Contraceptive Pill for hormonal regulation

    Clinic treatment options include a series of light chemical peels, blue light and broad band light treatments.

    Severe cases of cystic acne need referral to a dermatologist for Roaccutane.

    It is recommended to see a doctor sooner rather than later, to prevent the development of acne scarring.

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