Acne Treatment FAQ’s are a guide to answer the most common questions that we hear at Skin Spa. Every skin type and every individual will experience different results, during and after varying treatments.  We encourage you to exercise caution when comparing the results of others to your particular condition. Treatment response times can and do vary greatly.

Regardless of your chosen treatment, acne is a stubborn and slow moving condition that can require extensive investments in time and spend to overcome. Skin Spa believes that our treatments are highly affordable, effective and without side effects, as compared with some other medicinal treatment options. Please read our Acne FAQ’s.

Why does Skin Spa recommend that I have such frequent visits?

Time, experience and research shows that the more frequently you hit p.acne bacteria with anti-bacterial treatments, the harder it is for it to multiply. With frequent treatments, you also enable the healing process to be accelerated. Your commitment to attending appointments and the quality of your home care will also determine how soon you begin to see changes.

How can picking and squeezing my pimples cause it to become worse? I thought this would help it?
When extractions are done at home or incorrectly, many things happen. Firstly DIY squeezing can pressurise the infection and spread it to other cells, worsening the particular lesion and risking permanent scarring. There are special techniques to purge the gunk from the skin to minimise or eliminate chances of scarring. Secondly, non sterile environments will just assist in bacteria multiplying. Finally, Skin Spa applies multiple modalities of infection control treatment that’s targeted to a specific area or broad reaching, such as the back or shoulders. Feel free to ask questions in your treatment on how to optimise your self care routine.
Why don’t you offer acne packages like other acne treatment clinics?

A “one size fits all approach” is the wrong approach!  Individuals suffering from acne vary enormously. The location and type of acne, genetic pre-disposition, environmental, dietary and self care discipline, amongst many other factors determine success durations. Boxing up a neat little package with pre-determined treatments, that are MOST likely NOT in the order of what you need, is highly irrelevant, and, not in your interests of attaining accelerated results. Skin Spa urges you to think methodically when selecting treatment options for your skin.

So, what do you suggest. Do I take one step at a time?

Yes. Our methodology is to apply the most relevant and appropriate treatment each time you visit. As we take control of the infection together, new and different modalities will be used for maximum effect.

I notice that microdermabrasion is used to treat acne. Why don’t you recommend this as a first step?

Its very simple. When you have active p.acne infections in the form of pimples, microdermabrasion will spread that very bacteria all over your face causing a high likelihood of breakouts and cross-infection to other vulnerable areas. We both don’t want that at all. We will use this modality, but not until the infection is under control, to achieve a faster, more systematic result.

What has using my mobile phone got to do with acne?

Keeping skin clean is key to reducing and spreading infections across your face. Mobile phones are warm, moist and collect bacteria from the mouth. Perfect conditions for bacteria to be spread across both cheeks as you speak! Consider carefully applying anti-bacterial gel to your phone screen regularly.

I want rapid results. What do you suggest?

YOU have direct control over how soon you can expect improvements in your acne condition. We can treat your skin, and kill / remove the bacteria as per our time proven methods, however, we ask you to do your bit too…

  • Diet; eliminate / minimise dairy intake and ideally replace it with plant based foods
  • Sterile environments; avoid touching your face. Wash and replace pillowslips, bedding and face washers frequently. This includes sterilising loofahs, razors and towels. Bathrooms are warm and moist havens for bacteria reproduction!
  • Smoking. Do not smoke under any circumstances.
  • Tight fitting clothes, headwear and yesterdays gym gear all aggravate acne
  • Stress and anxiety; consider managing it better using relaxation techniques
  • Water consumption; consuming large quantities will assist in flushing oils and wastes from the system
What self-care or home care routine do you suggest?

Blackhead removal and cleansingCleansing twice per day after work, exercise or play is the first step. (Ask your Skin Spa therapist to match the correct cleanser for your skin type.) Carefully removing makeup, colognes and perfumes is vital to remove oils, dirt and airborne contaminants. Using luke warm water, pat dry your skin with a sterile soft face washer or sponge ensuring – often dirty – hair is away from your face and neck areas.

The following before and after pictures indicate just how effective cleansing can be!

Note: One by one, frequent cleansing alone removes plugged follicles (blackheads), avoiding breakouts, moving you a step closer to cleaner skin!

I have acne in other places on my body, can you treat it?

Yes we can and our treatment modalities are largely the same for facial areas. Please note that facial areas and the body are two separate treatment zones and therefore require separate bookings.

You say you get results without the use of drugs?

Correct. We are not Doctors. The methods that we use have delivered successful results on countless clients without the use of drugs. We are very clear however, of our belief in modern medicine and the professionalism of Dermatologists with their methods of combatting serious cases of acne with medicine.  You are always free to explore medical alternatives at any time.

Can you provide any indication how long it will take until I get results?
As mentioned previously, all skin types and individual treatment response times will vary. In some cases, clients have been delighted with very rapid results. This is often due to their commitment to attend frequent appointments, undertake major dietary and lifestyle adjustments and applying a rigorous home care treatment. A passive approach will extend favourable results in a lot of cases.

The following table is interesting. It is a summary of treatment time durations for noticeable improvements with acne. As globally recognised organisations, these publicly available references vary in context, but appear to refer to the use of medicine to combat acne.

Acne Treatment duration

*Source: content has been directly sourced from the respective publicly available websites. Please refer to each for specific details and context. Table is for reader guide purposes only.