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Acne Symptoms

Turn those “sigh”-ns and symptoms of acne into sighs of relief by understanding what causes acne and what treatments are available in helping you to return to clear and smooth skin.

types of acne
  1. Blackheads

Blackheads appear as small dark brown to black spots on the skin and are commonly found on the nose, sides of your nose, forehead and chin. Contrary to popular belief, blackheads don’t contain dirt. Instead, they’re open pores filled with bacteria and oil which turns brown when oxidised (is exposed to oxygen).

  1. Whiteheads

Whiteheads occur when dead skin cells and oil become trapped in pores that don’t make it to the surface. However, like the name suggests, they appear as white raised bumps unlike blackheads as no oxidation is involved (not exposure to oxygen).

  1. Papules

This is caused when excess oil and skin cells clog an open pore. Papules appear as small red, tender bumps that develop from being infected with bacteria but do not contain pus.

  1. Pustules

When a papule is left untreated and accumulates pus, this blemish turned into a pustule. Commonly referred to as pimples, pustules are papules with pus at their tips.

  1. Nodules

Nodules are large solid lumps located beneath the skin. They are painful to the touch and any attempt to pop it should be avoided as it may lead to irritation. Nodules are the result of overactive oil glands, excessive acne causing bacteria and abnormal buildup of dead skin cells within a pore.

  1. Cysts

Like nodules, cysts are also large lumps located beneath the skin. However, they’re filled with pus and painful to touch. It is important to avoid any temptation to pop the cyst as this can encourage bacteria to be introduced back into the skin, worsening the cyst.


What factors can worsen acne?

  • Stress
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Whilst stress does not directly contribute to the development of acne, research has shown that hormones produced when stressed can worsen pre-existing breakouts. Cortisol and androgens are secreted by the endocrine system in response to stress. This then prompts an increase in the production of sebum. [1]


The best way to tell is to notice whether your acne worsens in times of stress is to monitor whether your breakout symptoms gets worse during periods of high stress.

– Hormonal changes


Starting or stopping contraceptive pills can flare up acne symptoms in women. By following the advice of your healthcare professional in the types of contraception methods, your acne symptoms will lesson with a bit of trial and error in the pill department – we can relate! It is also common for blemishes to appear in the lead up to or during the “time of month”.


Men are not immune to acne! An increased amount of testosterone can stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce excess sebum or oil production. This clogs pores and leads to breakouts.


Whilst hormones and genetics leave little room for managing our skin, treatments and certain lifestyle changes can alleviate current symptoms and prevent future breakouts.


What can treat acne?

Acne Beta Peel + LED Light Therapy

Chemical peels are an effective way of targeting acne causing bacteria to effectively clear congested pores and the build-up of dead skin cells. The Acne Beta Peel deeply cleanses and unblocks pores to prevent further congestion, destroys acne causing bacteria and treats existing breakouts.


Compared to physical exfoliants, chemical peels work beneath the skin without causing any abrasion. By deeply penetrating into the skin, salicylic and dioic acid in the Acne Beta Peel work hand in hand to dissolving dead skin cells as well as reducing future chances of breakouts. For maximum results, we recommend 4 to 6 treatments at fortnightly intervals.


Combined with the healing properties of LED Light Therapy where blue light is used to accelerate recovery time as well as reducing acne causing bacteria, the Acne Beta Peel makes enlarged congested pores a thing of the past!

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#RealResults After x 6 Acne Beta Peel + LED Light Therapy
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#RealResults after x 1 Micro Express and Acne Beta Peel + LED Light Therapy


Exfoliating ain’t your thing? Microdermabrasion is an option! Using a motorised diamond tipped wand, dead skin cells are exfoliated before being vacuumed away. Prevention is key – with your pores free of congestion, you don’t have to worry about clogged pores that can lead to future breakouts. With sessions such as the Micro Express being as short as 10 minutes, a skin refresh has never been so easy!

Book in a complimentary consultation with one of our qualified skin therapists to see which treatment would be the best for you!

results skin products

Whilst this sounds like an open invitation to scrub your skin senseless, thorough daily cleansing of the skin focuses on regularly clearing the skin from the buildup of oil and dead skin cells. The Results Active Clean is a gentle everyday cleanser that is paraben and sulfate free, meaning that your natural oils will not be stripped away!


Often overlooked due to the traditionally unpleasant texture, sun protection is essential in ensuring that your skin doesn’t prematurely age and lose its elasticity or dry out which is a one way ticket to oily skin!


To nourish and protect your newly treated skin from the damaging effects of the sun, Results Active Protect SPF50+ is important in your everyday skincare routine. Oil free and lightweight, it can be used under your everyday makeup or by itself.


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For more information, call our experts or chat online, to ask any questions, or to arrange a free no commitment consultation.


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