Acne Vulgaris

Acne is a very common skin condition that affects everyone at some stage in their life, even celebrities, and some of us are worse affected than others. Cameron Diaz talked about her battle with acne “…I always felt really bad about myself” your self-esteem and can make people feel really down about themselves. Conventional medical management is antibacterial or antibiotics and quite often long courses of antibiotics, which is not ideal and can result in side effects and antibiotic resistance.

Types of acne

Acne can come in many different forms – cystic (sore lumps under the skin), pustular (yellow heads), whiteheads (pimples), blackheads (dark spots) etc but they all result from a build-up of old skin cells inside the skin and the overproduction of sebum (oil). Inside the skin the oil and cells block pores and this is where a bacteria called P.acnes bacteria. The infected spots enlarge, can become red and fill with pus.

What is the cure for acne?

Whichever kind of acne you have, the approach to managing it is the same.
There is no cure for acne, and antibiotics are not the answer. In order to reduce and curb acne, you have to work hard to get your skin the function better. Clearing away the dead skin cells by exfoliating is one important step. Lots of people with acne may not like the idea of this at first, as they know that spots can come to the surface. However, once you have been exfoliating and using the right combination of products you won’t feel like this for long!

Controlling oil production is also important and cleaning out the pores is another step in getting on top of acne.

Lastly, the use of salicylic acid can help reduce the amount of bacterial infection. This is found in most ZO health products for use in acne clearing.

What is the first stage in getting on top of acne?

It is really easy to get lazy with our skin, fall asleep with make up on and forget to exfoliate. All this has to change if you want the best skin you ever had!

To treat acne effectively, the first step is to make cleaning, exfoliating and toning your skin as important as brushing your teeth. You need to get into the habit of a skin ritual every morning and every night.

The Complexion Clearing program is Dr Zein Obagi’s ZO Skin Health kit for acne. It is designed to work on cleaning the skin, helping to exfoliate and clear away debris stuck in the pores of the skin. The system helps to remove the P.acnes bacteria and restore a healthy barrier function and re-setting the normal healthy skin function.

The Kit comes with everything you need for a daily skin routine as well as a sulfur masque. This sulfur masque can be used twice a week – and really helps to treat flare-ups. Once your acne is under control, the sulfur masque can be applied directly to spots and left on overnight.

ZO Skin Health Complexion Clearing Program

What do our clients say?

“The acne kit has been amazing, My skin in recent years has been heartbreaking 💔. Adult acne has hit me hard, after almost 30 years of barely any spots. I have tried all sorts of potions, 6 months of antibiotics and prescribed creams, but nothing seemed to work. I decided it was time to try something different.”

“Dr Emma Sloan and Chantelle at @thesloanclinics have changed my life. I am not exaggerating. This is the difference IN JUST 2 WEEKS using @zoskinhealth 😍 I’m so excited to move onto the next chapter of my skin journey. Thank you, ladies, you da best”

Before and After 6 weeks of ZO Skin Health Complexion clearing program

What other treatments in the ZO Skin Health Range can help?

Later on, in the treatment program, we would consider adding in a retinol, which can not only improve the texture of the skin but also rapidly cycle the skin to renew it and help with controlling sebum production, but also scarring from old flare-ups of acne.

There are other great products including Acne Control a high concentrate of salicylic acid and also on the spot treatment for cysts. A medicated and tinted concealer is also a healthy alternative to standard concealer.

What should I do if I am interested in trying some of these products?

These products need to be prescribed alongside Dr Emma Sloan’s or one of the other Clinic doctor’s supervision. Some of the stronger active ingredients are prescription only.

You can book an online consultation via the following link. Currently, we are posting out products or delivering them free of charge!

The products can be delivered the next day if you order before 3 pm the day before.

To book online:

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Other skin treatment available for acne at The Sloan Clinics:

Derma pen – especially effective for treating acne scarring.

PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma – The ultimate Dracula Facial with evidence supporting its astonishing role in acne treatment.

Chemical peel – take away the layers of skin, detoxify and do a deep cleanse of your skin.