Skin concerns

Acne Breakouts

What causes acne breakouts and blackheads?

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions, affecting 85% of teenagers and up to half adults aged over twenty-five. Acne forms when glands in the skin produce excess oil which combines with cells in the skin and clogs the pores. Normal bacteria grow in these pores and the body’s response causes inflammation or reddening of the skin that we associate with acne.

Acne can be aggravated by hormones, diet and digestion (sluggish liver or bowel, a diet low in zinc and magnesium or a high GI diet) and toxic factors (smoking, medications, contraceptive pill, recreational drugs and party pills). Ingredients in some make-up can also exacerbate acne.

About Face Skin-Changing Courses for acne breakouts and blackheads:

Light Therapy - Glow

“The other night, my partner said my skin was glowing. I want that all the time.”

LED Light Therapy is our go-to solution to restore overall skin health and radiance to skin of any age, colour or skin type. It is also great for treating breakouts, acne, psoriasis and skin sensitivity and aiding healing after surgery. Gentle yet effective, it hydrates, clears congestion and plumps fine lines. It is also the perfect complement to reinforce the results of Fraxel, Clear + Brilliant, Collagen Induction Therapy and IPL. Suitable for everyone and for all ages, learn more

About Face Facials for acne breakouts and blackheads:

The Power of Three Facial- $259.00

Winner of NZ's Best Facial at NZ Best in Beauty 2016! Our most potent, signature skin treatment facial, using a bespoke combination of three technologies to address all facets of the skin with a good dollop of pampering on the side. First, we remove dead skin (Skin Peel or Microdermabrasion), then we rejuvenate and soften (LED Light Therapy) and thirdly we plump away the wrinkles (Active Vitamin Infusion with Sonophoresis.) It’s the ultimate quick fix if you want results for a special occasion. 75 minutes.

Skin-Changing Facial - $189.00

A Skin-Changing Facial is a step down from a Power of Three facial, includes two of the three steps used in a Power of Three. Guaranteed to exfoliate, hydrate or plump even the most tired skin. 50 minutes.

Skin Peel (Facial Booster) - $85

Removes dead skin cells and delivers moisture to the deeper layers, leaving softer, clearer-looking skin. Ideal for those prone to congestion or showing the effects of sun damage, learn more. 15 minutes.

Microdermabrasion (Facial Booster) - $85

A deep skin-freshening treatment using a diamond wand to gently polish and buff, revealing smoother, more refined skin, learn more. 15 minutes

Lifestyle Tips for acne breakouts and blackheads:

Your skin is affected by your hormones and emotions which are tricky to control! Try to minimise stress where you can. Increase your water intake to at least two 750ml bottles of water per day. If you smoke, your skin (and not to mention health) will benefit from stopping. Diet wise eat more antioxidant-rich foods (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, red delicious, granny smith and gala apples, prunes, plums, cherries, pecans and russet potato) and reduce dairy (especially cheese), saturated fats and red meat. Ensure you are having enough vitamin C, magnesium and zinc and reduce coffee and alcohol consumption.

For Active Acne: You may wish to consider seeing a naturopath as this can be triggered by spicy food, preservatives, fried foods, milk and yeast. Change your pillowcase and face cloth daily.

Angela tells us about her experience treating Acne at About Face:

My friend’s niece is 15 and recently developed the worst acne possible, with the doctor putting her on the pill and antibiotics. She went from being a skinny kid to ballooning in weight, depressed, miserable, sullen, surly and completely disagreeable – and still her face looked a mess and she caked on the make-up to hide it! My friend went into disaster control and bought a course of Omnilux Light Therapy (Blue). Her niece has now come off the medications, has lost the gained weight, no longer cakes on make-up and what surprised her mother the most – she is standing straight and tall. Her personality has also returned to her normal cheery self. My friend can't speak highly enough of your staff – they were all so kind and caring and just simply wonderful. Both she and her niece are really pleased with the results!