Acne Shock Therapy: SGA treatment

A permanent solution to getting rid of acne? YES PLEASE.

SGA (Sebaceous Gland Ablation) is a heat-based procedure that uses an ultra-fine needle to penetrate and deactivate overactive sebaceous glands, which is what is responsible for your pimples, blackheads and inflamed acne cysts.

Once the needle is inserted into the effected sebaceous gland it is zapped by a localised electrical current. The heat produced by the current destroys the tissue so it can on longer cause a breakout. The needle only enters the skin superficially, as the electrical current is targeting the oil gland which is closest to the surface.

How does the treatment work? First of all, our dermal therapists need to assess what kind of acne you have. This treatment isn’t for everyone and often clients come in requesting the treatment, however their breakouts could easily be treated with some topical extractions and an enzyme facial as they simply suffer from clogged pores.

There is also the other extreme, where some clients have too much bacterial infection in their acne that they need it to settle before proceeding with SGA, as the heat produced in this procedure can cause the acne to spread. Typically, an SGA candidate has reoccurring cystic acne.

In order to prep the skin and open the pores, the therapists firstly conduct an enzyme facial. The active enzyme mask helps to bring to the surface the effected sebaceous glands.

This means they are likely to rupture and secrete immediately after the SGA treatment. Sometimes, the effected pimples, are solid and dehydrated and they take a few days to burst. The Enzyme Facial, aims to speed up that process

The actual needle and electric current is relatively painless. One of our staff underwent the procedure during our most recent training day and explained it as a 2/10. Acne affected skin can be quite sensitive, and the after-extraction process can cause some discomfort, however, should not be unbearable.

After the SGA treatment the client will experience a mosquito bite effect meaning that their skin will get worse before it gets better. Expect some red, lumpy skin with a downtime of roughly 2-5 days. Remember acne takes a while to form on your skin, so you need to be realistic with your recovery time.

To yield blemish free results, expect 3+ treatments, with each treatment roughly 6 weeks apart. Your dermal therapist will also parallel your in clinic treatment with some dietary recommendations and a meticulous at home skincare regime. Together, this is the ultimate trifecta to achieving blemish free skin.
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Spot on!: Ultra Clear Spot Treatment

The Ultraceuticals spot treatment is the perfect concentrated formula to target and improve the appearance of blemishes.

For a limited time only we are offering the Ultraceuticals spot treatment for $27, discounted from $37. Offer is exclusive to our Bankstown Clinic

At night time, during your evening beauty routine it is quite common to want to avoid touching or applying rich facial creams and oils to aggravated blemishes. It is great to have in your beauty cabinet, a spot cream to specifically target your breakouts.

To apply you place a sparing amount (half a pea size) of the serum to a clean fingertip. Massage into the affected area and allow to absorb and dry on its own. By morning you will notice visibly clearer skin. The potent benzoyl, peroxide-free treatment also helps reduce associated redness and it’s anti-bacterial properties works to prevent future breakouts to the surrounding area.

The Ultra Clear Spot treatment is part of the Ultraceuticals Ultra Clear Skincare range. A synergistic selection of ingredients that help to combat acne development. The

Ultraceuticals products are Australian made and are paraben and synthetic fragrant free.

This fast-acting formula combines potent exfoliators (Salicylic & Mandelic Acids, Bromelain), antioxidant (Clove Oil) with anti-irritants (Vitamin E Phosphate) to quickly soothe ­flare ups.

For a limited time only we are offering the Ultraceuticals spot treatment for $27, discounted from $37.

Offer is exclusive to our Bankstown Clinic
The Ultraceuticals range is available from all three clinics.

For a thorough skin consultation:
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Conceal: Cover up your pimples like a pro

The deal on how to conceal!

Despite what the beauty therapists tell us, “let your skin breathe” “makeup will make it worse”, we all know that the ONLY thing you want to do when you have acne is to hide it.

If you have a hot date, an important meeting or any social gathering that requires you to change out of your gym gear then this is the blog post for you.

How to cover up a pimple like a pro. Below are some make-up artist techniques to covering up each type of pimple.

First step: start with clean, fresh skin. Do NOT wake up and apply your makeup without washing your face first. During the night your skin has suffered a build up of sweat, bacteria, skin/dust and bed mites. You need to clean the slate…and change your pillow cases while you’re at it.

You want to go for a thick, dry, clay like concealer. The kind you find in a pot, not the one with the wand applicator. Use a clean finger or a small clean makeup brush and only apply to the actual pimple and surrounding redness.

Gently press the pimple to try and hide it’s 3D shape. Finish with a translucent setting powder, to prevent that oily glow.

Cystic Acne
Cystic Acne is characterised by red, swollen, headless monsters that are painful to touch. The first step is to try and settle them down. DO NOT PICK AT THEM.
Use an ice cube and massage over the acne to reduce the swelling. It will also help numb the pain a bit, as these pimples can make your skin very sensitive. Next, use warm water (not hot) and gently pat the affected area.

The cold/warm compression is a great trick to reduce the inflammation of the lesions.
The problem with cystic acne, is no matter what you do, you won’t completely cover the suckers.

Choose a mineral makeup, such as a tinted BB cream and use a mineral based concealer to try and reduce the redness. If you apply heavy layers of foundation you have the potential to make the bumps more obvious.

The aim here is to produce an even skin tone, not airbrush your skin smooth…. save that for your Facetune app.
Pro type. Add a red lip or a dramatic winged eye liner, to detract attention.

Flaky Skin
A dried-out pimple is screaming out for hydration. Wash your face with warm water (remember, warm and not hot).

Next focus by applying warm water on a gauze or cotton pad specifically to the dried out, flaky pimples. Apply a gentle exfoliator to try and massage away the flakiness. Next apply a deep moisturising day or night cream. To cover these types of pimples you want to go for a moisturising, wet concealer, so the kind with the wand application brush. 

Blackheads tend to concentrate around your nose. While, we consider these the least offensive type of pimple, they do require some clever layering to hide them from the naked eye. First apply primer, then your BB cream or liquid foundation.

Use a concealer after to massage into the nose area to really blend in the colour. I always like to finish with a matte setting powder to hide the sheen.

Pimples on the forehead
Suffer from an oily T Zone? Don’t worry, so do the rest of us. Our beauty babe, Chloe Morello suggests applying a ‘mattifying’ primer to this area of your skin, then applying a glow primer to the rest of your face.

You also want to pick an oil free foundation and concealer as your body is clearly producing enough of it on its own.

You don’t want to have dry skin either, so make sure not to over exfoliate or apply too much toner as this will only cause your skin to want to produce more oil to compensate.

If some of your blemishes are about to rupture, use clean hands and a clean tissue and apply gentle pressure to the pimple. Make sure all your makeup brushes / hands are clean as you don’t want to spread the bacteria.

Again, go for a liquid BB cream to hydrate the skin followed by a matte setting powder to settle the shine.

Whether you have a single pimple, or an entire family of friends on your face, remember, no one is actually judging you as most people are trying to do the exact same thing. Happy Concealing….and remember to clean your face as soon as you get home.

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Acne and Anxiety: how to beat the breakout blues

Acne is awful. There’s no possible way to sugar-coat it.

Whether you’re prone to the odd breakout or suffer what feels like an eternal struggle with aggressive acne, it really is one of the most challenging skin conditions, both mentally and physically.

When we see patients that have suffered from years of acne, the first thing we look at is their mental state. Acne causes serious distress on the mental health of our patients and as dermal therapists it’s our job to assess that damage as seriously as we do the damage on your skin.

The interplay between anxiety and acne is very important to consider as part of your treatment plan. While anxiety alone won’t directly cause acne to develop it certainly plays a part in why it occurs and it plays an even bigger part in the severity of breakouts.

To understand their relationship, we need to first understand what acne and anxiety are.
Acne is bacteria in the skin. It is an inflammation or infection of your sebaceous glands.
Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress.

While you might have developed acne because of a hormonal imbalance (common in teenagers and young adults) and/or because of a poor choice in diet, acne is greatly enhanced by the onset of stress related (anxiety) hormones.

During our skin assessment for all new clients, our dermal therapists will commonly ask, does your bad skin bother you? The answer is almost always YES! How can it not, especially when it is directly on your face. Acne not only looks bad but can also be painful and cause sensitivity to the surrounding skin. 

It is hard to disguise with makeup and often can further irritate and spread the bacteria causing a vicious cycle of even more acne and anxiety.

So how do we stop being anxious about our skin?
Step 1. Devise a treatment plan
At Face Plus a typical acne treatment plan involves a combination of dietary and lifestyle changes, meticulous at home skincare and in clinic facials, laser and light therapy.

Once our clients understand that there is a process to ensure progress, they already start to feel more at ease. Anxiety is largely dealing with uncertainty, which a treatment plan hopes to settle.

Step 2. Be Patient
The next step is to learn patience. Just a single pimple can take a while to form on the skin so you need to be realistic with your recovery time. Clients need to remember to take their treatment plan day by day.

It is often helpful to keep a selfie or photo journal to track your progress.

Step 3. Acceptance
Accepting that sometimes it might get worse, before it gets better. This is a hard one to swallow, and I speak from personal experience.

Often after an acne extraction, herbal peel or SGA treatment, the skin is even more inflamed than when you walked in. The skin is a living organ and the treatments are designed to provoke a reaction. While we do offer healing light therapy to calm the skin, don’t expect to walk out of an acne treatment with blemish free skin.

Step 4. Celebrate Milestones
A very important part of the treatment plan is to celebrate the victories, however, small they are. This can mean going a week without the breakout inducing dairy or saturated fat from your diet.

Or saying YAY because you woke up without your usual cyclops pimple on your forehead. Forward is forward and by learning to embrace the wins, you’ll find yourself believing a bit more in the process which in turn will help settle your anxiety.

Step 5. Don’t be too hard on yourself
Acne, is one of the most common skin afflictions. 90% of people suffer from it at one point in time. Whatever you’re going through, take comfort knowing that someone else is fighting the exact same battle.

Make sure to discuss your feelings with family, friends and of course your dermal therapist.

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