In this FAQ section below we have answered some of the most common questions in order to help you understand what treatments are available for acne and other skin problems.
We also talk about common causes that make acne worse and myths about acne.
How many sessions do I need to help with my acne?
It is very hard to answer that question without seeing the skin. Please book a consultation with Acne Clinic Miraculum.
Why do I need a consultation?
Within 30 min of a consultation we will be able to make an assessment of your acne stage, we will explore the underlying issues that might cause acne and we will be able to give you an idea about how many session you might need and what would be the approximate cost.
What is the cost of consultation?
The cost for 30 minutes of the consultation is $40.00 but if you decide to proceed with the treatments that $40.00 will be forwarded towards your first treatment.
How long before I start seeing visible result from the treatments?
It is different for each individual but in a lot of cases you can expect to see a visible improvement in a matter of 2 – 6 weeks of beginning treatments. It’s very important for acne suffers to be aware of this time frame so they don’t become too discouraged and give up on their treatment plan and skin care regimen before it’s had a chance to work properly.
What is the best way to treat acne?
Every case must be treated individually as no two people are the same and there are different factors to be taken into account before a course of treatment can be recommended. It’s always best to seek professional help in order to get your skin condition under control.
For more information about the types of acne treatments that are available at our Acne Clinic Miraculum please see acne treatments page on our website.
Do I need to use specific products on my skin?
Yes. Always use products referred to you by your acne specialist, who not only helps you get your acne under control but also knows your skin very well and will be able to advice you with different products at different stages of improvement.
We would recommend the use of creams and treatments for 4 to 8 weeks and then we would adjust the treatments and the skin care regimen accordingly.
Do greasy foods, chocolate, and other foods cause or make acne problems worse?
In some cases it might. It is very important to have a balanced diet, and certainly foods high in fats and sugars are not good for the body in large quantities. In clients with severe acne dairy should be avoided. It is usually the hormones that occurred naturally in cow’s milk that might play a role in making ace worse.
Can sunscreens cause acne?
Sunscreens can cause acne. Sunscreen ingredients in water resistant sunscreens are the most likely to worsen acne. In order to be effective, sunscreens have to coat your skin which also clogs your pores.
Does stress cause acne?
The effects of stress can show up in the body in different ways, including changes in hormones that can lead to acne.
When an individual is stressed, glucocorticoids are released in excess. These glucocorticoids can cause sebaceous glands to secrete more oil which will worsen acne.
Is acne caused by dirt or poor hygiene?
Regardless the common myth Acne is not caused by dirt or surface skin oils. If you scrub or rub your skin, it can actually worsen your acne. Vigorous and repetitive washing will only serve to redden and irritate the skin. You should wash your face 2 times a day with a gentle cleanser recommended by your acne specialist and then use appropriate acne therapies.
Is scrub good for acne skin?
No, using the scrub irritates the skin, makes it more sensitive and spreads the bacteria from acne.
How long does it take for acne to clear?
The time it takes for acne to clear really depends upon the treatment plan, products being used and the individual skin ability to heal. Usually it takes weeks or months for acne to improve on a treatment plan.
Why do I have acne as an adult?
Adult acne is a condition that’s on the increase and statistics from the US show that it affects 25% of men and 50% of women at some point. Adult acne can occur at any age and includes severe forms that affect the body as well as the face (more common in males).
Hormonal acne can occur as women get older and experience hormonal changes. Majority of women with adult acne do not have increased androgen levels but have an increased sensitivity to normal levels of androgens. Androgens tend to increase sebum in the sebaceous glands predisposing one to acne.
Some cosmetics can be to blame too.
What can be done for acne scarring?
Scarring is best prevented by treating acne. There are a number of ways to improve the scarring caused by acne. The treatment must always be individualized for each person. Treatment strategies we recommend include whitening serums, chemical peels or laser resurfacing. It is important that the acne be well controlled before any procedure is used for scarring.
What kind of skin care and cosmetic products can an acne prone patient use?
It is important to use non-comedogenic skin care products as they have been formulated to not cause or worsen acne. The choice of cleansers and moisturizers should be made by your acne specialist
I Wash My Face Several Times A Day, Why Do I Still Get Acne?
It’s a myth that acne is caused by dirty skin. Although washing can help to remove dead skin cells and excess oil from the skin’s surface, frequent washing can actually irritate the skin even more, making it look worse.
So many of our patients have tried every product on the market claiming to cure and prevent acne – including alcohol-based cleansers and harsh scrubs, which again just irritate the skin and make the problem worse. Acne is actually caused by a variety of biologic factors that are beyond the control of washing, it’s important that you stick to the products routine that has been recommended for you by acne specialist.
Does The Sun Help Acne?
It is our personal opinion and an experience of many of our patients that smart sun exposure helps acne.
Why do I need to have extractions done for my acne prone skin?
When a follicle (your pore) becomes blocked, it behaves as a closed culture system from which bacteria cannot escape. From this point on the inflammatory response starts. To prevent reassuring inflammation extractions are necessary to keep pores empty so bacteria has no place to multiply.