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Zap the zits and banish the blemish. Acne is a common skin condition which usually affects the face, back, neck, chest and shoulders. Possible reasons why acne may occur could be due to stress, hormones, a bad diet and bacteria. So, if you have a spot of bother don’t get all worked up about it, it will only get worse.
Acne is caused by the over activity of the small oily glands, otherwise known as sebaceous glands, that surround the fine hairs on the face that secrete an oily substance called sebum on to your skin. The purpose of sebum is to keep skin and hair lubricated and soft. However, excessive amounts of sebum will clog the pores creating the ideal environment for bacteria to live and breed, causing those terrible blotchy breakouts that often leave scars once they’ve disappeared.
There are a wide range of effective treatments available to help banish the blemish from facial treatments to facial acupuncture and chemical skin peels. However, each treatment varies with how it works but the treatment chosen will depend on how severe your acne is. A good therapist will help you to choose the right treatment for your skin condition.
In general, all acne treatments have the same goal - to unblock clogged pores, remove excess grease and bacteria and reduce inflammation – all of which cause those nasty pimples.
Most often, your treatment will take place in a private treatment room and you may be asked by your therapist to lie down or recline. Treatment times vary enormously – anything from a ten-minute facial to a one hour chemical skin peel session.
Here are some of the most popular treatments that have been recommended to help tackle acne:
See individual treatments for a fuller description and choose the right zit zapping treatment for you.