“I have had an amazing experience at The Laser Loft! The transformation my skin has undergone has been phenomenal. I was very self-conscious when I initially arrived for my treatments, but the wonderful and caring attitude of the staff always put me at ease. They have been friendly, helpful, and very accommodating. Words cannot describe how grateful I am at the remarkable change my skin has undergone. Thank you Laser Loft for helping me regain my confidence and for the amazing job that you guys do!!! :-)”
Miss Chenia – Female (late twenties) Treated for acne and acne scarring
“My experience at The Laser Loft has been nothing short of amazing. The therapists are extremely professional, yet still get to know you on a personal level. The treatments and products show great results.”
Miss. Piaray - female age 37
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UNDERSTANDING YOUR ACNE
Ever felt like that large pimple on your face has a life of its own – just screaming for attention!
For those suffering from chronic acne – it is more than unsightly pimples and red bumps. It is the source of extreme embarrassment and anxiety, and can shatter your self-esteem.
Treating acne breakouts and scarring not only restores the skins health but improves your overall quality of life and confidence. It involves understanding your condition and formulating a personalised treatment plan that is right for You.
What is Acne?
Acne is a dermatological condition that appears commonly as lesions on the face, neck, chest and back. These are often characterised by redness, swelling and pus.
Ordinarily skin has tiny glands through which sebum (an oily liquid) is released. These sebaceous glands are attached to the hair follicle and allows the gland to be drained onto the surface of the skin.
Acne develops when this process has been disrupted in any of the following ways:
• Rising androgen levels increase the production of sebum - providing a cozy home for bacterial growth
• The accumulation of dead skin and debris plugs the overactive oil duct and prevents proper drainage. Comedones/ blackheads are the result of the blocked oxidised oil and triggers an influx of white blood cells/ fighter cells.
• Bacteria that are normally present on the skin - become trapped within this plug and begin to breakdown the sebum.
• Finally leading to an inflammatory response by the body - causing the lesion to enter the whitehead stage.
Types of pimples
• Whiteheads - remain under the skin and are very small
• Blackheads - clearly visible. These appear on the surface of the skin as a dark accumulation of oxidised sebum and white blood cells within the keratinized plug
• Papules - visible on the surface of the skin. They are small bumps, usually pink.
• Pustules - clearly visible on the surface of the skin. They are red at their base and have pus at the top.
• Nobules - clearly visible on the surface of the skin. They are large, solid pimples. They are painful and are embedded deep in the skin. These do not necessarily leave scars.
• Cysts - clearly visible on the surface of the skin. They are painful, and are filled with pus. Cysts can easily cause scars.
Inflammation on the cheeks, jaw-line, chin and upper neck may be indicative of hormonal fluctuations and is more common amongst women.
What are the contributing factors to the formation of acne?
• Hormones: The hormone Androgen is present in elevated concentrations during puberty in both males and females. This leads to an increase in sebum and resulting acne. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) leads to higher levels of male hormones which can cause acne in female patients. Mild breakouts may also be noted during menstruation due to hormone fluctuations.
• Genetic predisposition: family history may make one more prone to acne
• Stress and depression
• Environmental changes: such as climate change or high humidity
• Poor Diet: high saturated fats, MSG's, preservatives, coffee, chocolates etc.
• Cosmetics: such as foundations containing red toned dyes and colorants and moisturizers containing heavy oils
Our unique combination of acne treatments rapidly clears breakouts and helps prevent emerging breakouts even before they become visible.