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Treating them pesky spots

Renew nurse Sinead Gallagher explains how she treated the condition:

Katie presented to Renew Aesthetic with a flare up of the acne she had suffered as a teenager. Now in her late 20s, the problem had started again.

"She found this condition very distressing to the point were she did not want to socialise. This is a situation that we see a lot in the clinic: women who suddenly experience acne or pre-menstrual outbreaks in their late 20s and 30s. Women are prone to hormonal fluctuations so tend to be prone to acne.

"Sudden Onset Adult Acne is a bacteria that lives under the skin causing excessive oil production, blocking pores and causing red painful pustules to form with blackheads and whiteheads. Physically, it is not pretty and can cause the client a lot of distress.

"There is no absolute cure for acne. Roaccutane is used with some success but it has side effects, so you should not become pregnant while on the drug -- which can be an issue for this age group.

"Katie started to use a salicylic cleanser and an acne lotion to prep the skin prior to any peel to reduce the risk of a bad reaction and to start exfoliating the skin.

"We recommended a course of peels and IPL treatments. We structured an eight-week programme of four salicylic/glycolic peels carried out every two weeks, with an IPL treatment in between.

"The aim of the treatment was to clear up the oil production in the skin and exfoliate the dead skin build thus healing red marks left by the pustules on the skin, remove whiteheads and blackheads. The glycolic acid has an anti-ageing effect on the skin, so it's ideal for women in their late 20s and 30s.

"This treatment is not a cure for acne but is effective at keeping it at bay for lengthy periods of time. Treatments every two months are recommended."