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Treatment

Permanently destroy Acne: SGA

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Permanently destroy Acne: SGA

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Blast blemishes away permanently!
If you’re an acne sufferer you have more than likely searched these words in your search engine “What causes acne?” Acne is caused when sebaceous glands (there are over 1,200 sebaceous glands per square cm of skin) go into overdrive and epidermal cells form a plug in the pore, forming a pimple.
There are endless number of treatments offered on the market to “cure” acne. There are harsh acids, three step programs and of course, prescription medication Roaccutane. All of these options come with serious side effects and more often than not are not the permanent solution those with acne are looking for.
There is a more permanent solution to blast away these pimples for good!
The treatment called Sebaceous Gland Ablation (SGA) is not a new treatment, it became available in the market around 2012 and Face Plus Medispa are one of the few clinics that have been offering the treatment for a number of years.
SGA is utilised when a sebaceous gland is affected by acne and breakout. Out of the 1200 sebaceous glands per square cm there are only a very small number of these affected by acne or break out.
The affected sebaceous glands are treated with an ultra-fine probe delivering a localised electrical current to destroy the glands, one by one. Once the sebaceous gland has been ablated or destroyed the tissue with the use of heat it can no longer breakout.
It is not a one-off treatment, patients will see results following two to six treatments. These glands are below the surface of the skin and often we are unaware of the size and detection can take several treatments. Short, sharp treatments will be repeated until the acne is gone and does not return!
There can be some bleeding from the acne lesions whilst the treatment is being performed and the sebum extracted from the gland following the diathermy.
Following the session, the skin will remain “bumpy” for about 7 to 10 days. Patients will usually not experience pain or discomfort following their treatment and the inflammation they had before the treatment will dissipate days following the SGA treatment.
At Face Plus we don’t just leave it there. We believe that the correct skincare and inner health is vital to the management of acne.
At the same time you dermal therapist may prescribe a series of peels and/or LED light therapy.
Watch one of our beautiful patient’s experience here
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If you currently have some visible scarring from the acne we recommend one of our favourite treatments Dermapen
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There is no quick fix when it comes to acne but there are some great ways to manage and keep those break outs at bay. It can be incredibly stressful and stress is often the cause, trigger and contributor to flare ups! Read some of our stress management techniques here
For a skin consultation with one of our experienced dermal specialists:
Call: 02 8897 0000
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Products

Clear as day: Ultraceuticals, Ultra Clear Range

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Clear as day: Ultraceuticals, Ultra Clear Range

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DISCLAIMER: If you have acne, please do not rush out to purchase the below products without having a professional assess your skin!
It is estimated that 85% of Australians aged between 15 to 24 years old suffer from acne. It is one of the most common skin concerns treated by skin professionals.
When there is an overproduction of sebum in the glands acne occurs. Acne is more evident during high hormonal period such as puberty and pregnancy as hormone levels increase in the body, the skin responds by producing more sebum through its oil glands.  The build-up of sebum and an accumulation of thickened skin in pore openings causes blockages, and the excess sebum becomes trapped in pores. This combined with lack of oxygen within the pores, creates an unfavourable environment in which the growth of a bacteria (called P. acnes) is accelerated which leads to the formation of pimples.
At this advanced stage, sebum continues to accumulate within the pore, and oxidises causing further inflammation on the surface of the skin – a process known as lipid oxidation.
When acne is present within the skin it can be made worse by a number of external factors;

  • Stress
  • Diet – High GI and high dairy diets can produce inflammation
  • Pollution – smog, chemicals, toxins
  • Free radical damage – oxidation
  • Incorrect skincare products (e.g. oily cosmetic products)

The Ultraceuticals, Ultra Clear Range targets the acne in a multi-step approach, targeting the entire acne development cycle, reducing the sebum production, clearing congestion, controlling lipid oxidation and of course, soothing irritated skin resulting in clean, refreshed blemish free skin (hopefully).
The four key products in the range include –
Ultra Clear Foaming Cleanser, $52 – Removes dirt, excess oils and unclogs pores.

Ultra Clear Treatment Lotion, $89 – Targets congestion, clears blemishes and helps prevent future formation.

Ultra Clear Spot Treatment, $37 – Quickly calms flare-ups and helps prevent future breakouts.

Ultra Clear Purifying Mask$69 – Bi-weekly at home treatment mask designed to mop up excess sebum and boost results of Ultraceuticals Acne Management System.

There are four key ingredients included in this range that help combat acne development –
Salicylic Acid & Mandelic Acid: Potent exfoliating ingredients which work together to deeply exfoliate and unclog pores, removing a buildup of dead skin cells. Reduces the appearance of blemishes.
Clove Oil: A powerful antioxidant which may prevent the process of lipid oxidation in the acne development process.
Niacinamide: Niacinamide (or Vitamin B3) works to reduce the excess sebum production which can lead to the formation of acne.
Skin Conditioning Ingredients (Vitamin E Phosphate, Allantoin & Aloe Vera): Special skin conditioning ingredients that work to soothe and calm the skin whilst minimising visible redness associated with acne.
Home care and inner health are as equally important and vital to management of acne. Interested to see if you’re a good candidate to permanently destroy pimples? Read about the SGA treatment here
The Ultraceuticals Ultra Clear Range is currently available from our Bondi Beach clinic. For a, thorough skin assessment: 
Call: 02 8897 0077
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Beauty

Skin food: Products designed for acne

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Skin food: Products designed for acne

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Having acne can be tough. You’re in this constant battle with your skin because you want to cover it up but you dislike applying makeup onto your, often sensitive, red and dry skin.
Makeup when used is usually used to enhance certain assets you have but more often than not it is more commonly used to create a look or cover up!
Unfortunately, makeup can cause acne and make inflammation worse. Makeup clogs the pores and oil prone areas such as the T zone are susceptible, especially when concealers and powders are used in excess to cover up.
Those with acne can still wear makeup but you need to be very aware of your own triggers. When purchasing products look out for ingredients that make your skin look and feel worse. The type of words on a package you want to look out for are;
Noncomedogenic – Less likely to clog the pores, reduce oil and bacteria build-up, reduce inflammation and scare.
Hypoallergenic – Ingredients are relatively unlikely to cause an allergic reaction
Fragrance free – The product does not contain perfume which can often be an irritant or trigger.
There are many reasons why we carry the Jane Iredale range in our Face Plus Medispa clinics but one of the key reasons? They are designed with skin concerns in mind. Jane Iredale have also created products specifically for those who are looking to cover breakouts. One of our favourites:
Jane Iredale, Disappear Concealer, $58

The Disappear Concealer won’t just cover breakouts but it will also help them to disappear permanently.
It is a matte, oil free, opaque concealer that camouflages distractions such as acne, scars and redness and it containers ingredients that may help clear blemishes.
The key ingredients include:
Superoxide Dismutase: Protects
Green Tea Leaf Extract: Calms, protects and provides bacterial protection
Vitamin C: Helps to reverse UV damage, protects and suppresses melanin formation.
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Another beautiful cover up and transformation using our range of Jane Iredale products.
Need to know more? Read our blogs on the range of Jane Iredale products have on offer here
The Jane Iredale range is currently available through our Bondi Junction clinic.
For a, thorough skin consultation or a colour match with an experienced team member:
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Wellness

Self-Conscious: Adult acne

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Self-Conscious: Adult acne

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A year ago I decided to come off the Pill. After doing a tonne of my own research on the detrimental side effects the Pill can have on our bodies (check out the work of Dr. Nat Kringoudis if you are interested in learning more), I took the plunge and went for it.
What I didn’t realise was the havoc this was about to wreak on my skin.
I am one of those genetically blessed freaks that, growing up, never had a pimple. My skin was constantly blemish free and I was often going without makeup. Coming off the Pill, I started to experience my first lot of breakouts. Then they became more frequent. Not only was I breaking out, but I developed cystic acne – huge welts all over my face, that were confronting, damaging my self-esteem and, even worse, freaking HURT!
I understood what my friends had complained to me about in the past – there is no getting past that self-conscious feeling of adult acne when you are looking at yourself in the mirror. I started piling on the makeup to cover up, but it only brought more attention to the bumps on my face. I cried a lot, because how could I possibly teach other people how to live their healthiest lives, when my face was no longer the picture of health?
I knew enough to realise that my body was detoxing – having been on the Pill for 9 years, there was a LOT for my body to release. I am also grateful I knew better than what my GP told me – to go back on the Pill – because at the end of the day, this would only be masking a symptom, not treating the underlying cause.
That being said, it didn’t make things easier for me. No amount of positive affirmation work or gratitudes alleviated the self-conscious feelings I had when I caught sight of my spotty reflection.
If you see me now, my skin is back to a picture of health. The only breakouts I have are monthly hormonal ones. The cystic acne and small lumps and bumps are a thing of the past. And I haven’t gone back on the Pill – I stuck it out. Here is the adult acne healing protocol I went through – I really encourage any of you experiencing similar to try all of these things, for a good period of time (pardon the pun) before jumping back on the Pill. Your body really will thank you for it…
Exercise
I actually didn’t realise how powerful an effect getting the blood pumping has on the quality of our skin. I started upping my cardio activity to walking out in nature 4-5 times a week, and within a matter of weeks my skin was noticeably clearer, not to mention my mind! Walking is wonderful as you don’t have to get too sweaty, but your body is still moving, your blood is pumping and you release those feel-good endorphins while also detoxing your skin at the same time.
See a naturopath
My naturopath was amazing support in clearing up my skin. We ran a number of tests to rule out any hormonal challenges like PCOS that may have caused my skin to flare up. She also was able to provide additional supplementation support to my liver, as my body was clearly detoxing (which is one of the reasons we break out). The herbal tonics and supplements gave my body the internal cleanse and support it was craving while alleviating the pimply symptoms. Check out Kate Johnston from Kore Wellbeing if you are seeking a naturopath who can help.
Invest in Frankincense oil
This has been a game changer for me, and is the main reason I am so in love with essential oils. After doing some of my own research, I decided to add a drop of Frankincense oil into my morning moisturiser – the effect in two weeks was incredible. It is now a non-negotiable part of my day. I am constantly being complimented on my glowing skin and I know it is because of my beautiful Frankie. I swear by it, and I know you will too. 
Get a good quality facial or peel
Kim from the Bondi Beach clinic really looked after me when I came to her complaining about my acne. She sat me down and explained how my body was detoxing, what foods I should be avoiding (more on that next) and how a facial or peel could really give my skin the extra support and nourishment it needed. I loved my facial with Kim – my skin felt hydrated, smooth and full of life again – the perfect boost needed after months of dull, dry and lifeless skin. You can find out more about the facial I experienced here.

Change up your diet
You really want to avoid inflammatory foods if possible, given your body is in a detoxing state. I cut out gluten, dairy and sugar and really upped my green leafy veggies. I also, sadly, had to cut down on my beloved eggs – high in estrogen, they were not supporting my hormones and I was advised to steer clear for a little while, while we focused on getting them back on track. Obviously, plenty of water is a MUST to flush out any nasties, and liver supporting foods like lemon, apple cider vinegar and broccoli. PLUS up the good fats: salmon, avocado, nuts and seeds, coconut oil. There are so many amazing ways we can support our skin health with what we put on the INSIDE. This is just as important as what we put on the outside.
Read in detail the importance of water here part 1 and part 2
Switch to natural
Speaking of, try and switch some (if not all) of your beauty case to natural products. I have done this recently and my skin is thanking me for it. Download the app Think Dirty and check out just how damaging the chemicals are that we are putting on our skin. It is so important to seek out natural alternatives wherever possible. Keep in mind that between 60-90% of what we put on our skin is absorbed straight into our blood stream. Our body then works on overdrive to detox anything carcinogenic, including parabens and other toxic chemicals found in mainstream beauty. Brands like The Beauty Chef are a wonderful alternative. 
Ride the waves
What my adult acne taught me most is, we can have the best intentions with our health, and do EVERYTHING right on paper, but sometimes life happens – and we are going to break out regardless. I have started to ride these waves, and not judge myself. Yes, it isn’t ideal to have a big pimple smack bang between my eyes, but rather than feel self conscious, I have started to own it. We are human, and the pursuit of perfection at all times can come at a damaging cost to our emotional and mental health and wellbeing. If you truly are doing all you can, then that is enough.
Read some of our tips on battling hormones here. 
What are your adult acne remedies?
To make an appointment with our wellness expert:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Email: [email protected]
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