Looking for the most effective Acne Treatment? Talk to the team at Skinessence to clear up embarrassing acne problems.

Acne is not only seen in adolescents, as many adults also suffer from significant acne. Hormonal changes, bacterial infections and imbalances in your body chemistry can cause acne breakouts which are painful, embarrassing and can lower your self-confidence.

ACNE is not a disease and it is therefore important to realise that it cannot be cured, only controlled. Having said that, it is also equally important to understand that as all cases of acne are not created equal, there is also no one treatment that fits all.

As such, Skinessence medi spa offer a combination of modalities to treat acne, as well as treating scar tissue caused by acne. Performing physical extractions of blocked pores is an important part in acne treatments followed by a tailored treatment regime based upon the type of acne you are suffering from.

​Treatment plans can range from medical skin care and Dermapen treatments to laser treatments, LED Light therapies and home skin care regimes.

Contact Skinessence on (02) 9797 9897 to find out more about the customised treatments available.

Acne Vulgaris – Active

Acne – Scarring

What is Acne?

Acne (acne vulgaris) is a disease that affects the skin’s oil glands. The small holes in your skin (pores) connect to oil glands under the skin. These glands make an oily substance called sebum. The pores connect to the glands by a canal called a follicle. Inside the follicles, oil carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. A thin hair also grows through the follicle and out to the skin. When the follicle of a skin gland clogs up, a pimple grows. While it’s very tempting, remember, never squeeze or pick acne as this can induce scarring.

Both adult and teenage acne are fundamentally caused by hormones. In the case of teenage acne it’s the ‘arrival’ of hormones, in adult acne it’s due to a change in hormone levels. In both cases this changed hormonal activity stimulates the sebaceous glands to over produce sebum.

Sebum is naturally occurring oil within the body. Acne Vulgaris is caused by a blockage of keratin and sebum in pores due to overactive sebaceous glands. Any enlargement of the glands or increase in sebum and dead skin cells can affect the onset of acne.

An accumulation of bacteria in the pores, skin irritation or scratching, stress, hereditary factors and other forms of hormonal activity, such as menstrual cycles, also play a crucial role in the development of common acne.

Acne lesions have many visual forms, but are generally classified into three main types.​

​1. Comedonal Acne

This is the kind of mild acne that involves blackheads and whiteheads. It forms because a component of skin oil called sebum, along with old skin cells, block the pores of the skin. Comedonal acne appears most often on the forehead, nose, and chin.


Blackheads, a form of non-inflammatory acne, appear as tiny, brown or black plugs of foreign matter within the hair follicles. These deposits, or plugs within the follicles, mainly consist of keratin (a natural protein found in hair, nails and skin) and oily secretions from the sebaceous gland. Oxidation then causes the deposits to darken in color. When blackheads break the surface of the skin, they are medically referred to as open come done. Blackheads often remain on the skin for extended periods of time because of their inability to drain and disperse through the skin’s surface. Manual extraction is usually the best way to remove them completely.


Whiteheads, another form of non-inflammatory acne, typically appear as small, white-colored bumps or pimples on the skin. The bumps develop after trapped bacteria and sebum form a blockage beneath the skin’s surface. A whitehead is considered a closed come done because the lesion does not break the skin’s tissue. Many whiteheads are often invisible to the naked eye. With proper care, most can be easily drained through the skin surface. If left alone, whiteheads and pimples are prone to regression, and usually eliminate themselves through the skin’s surface over time.

2. Inflammatory Acne

Papules are the mildest form of inflammatory acne and appear as tiny, pink bumps on the surface of the skin. They form when white blood cells begin to collect around sebaceous bacteria and break the follicular wall. This attack of infection causes inflammation and irritation, which can lead to more severe forms of acne if the lesion collapses into nearby pores. Papules are often the first sign of a future pimple.

Pustules are an inflammatory collection of white blood cells that have made their way to the surface of the skin, often appearing as enlarged and pus-filled bumps. This moderate, often severe, form of acne is otherwise known as the common “zit.”

Nodules and Cysts are the most severe forms of inflammatory acne. The lesions are usually painful to the touch and appear as large and swollen red bumps on the surface of the skin. Nodules and Cysts contain pus and sebaceous matter that has ruptured deep within the follicle walls. These infections can last weeks and months, and are extremely prone to scarring.

3. Cystic Acne

The most severe form of acne, cystic acne develops as the result of an actual infection in the area of the outbreak. Cystic acne often runs in families. It’s often very painful and can result in disfiguring, permanent scarring.

You get a pimple when a pore in your skin gets clogged, usually with dead skin cells. Sometimes bacteria get trapped inside the pore, too, causing the area to become red and swollen.

Cystic acne happens when this infection goes deep into your skin, creating a red, tender bump that’s full of pus. It may hurt or itch. If a cyst bursts, the infection can spread, causing more breakouts.

Cystic Acne

What treatment options are available at Skinessence medi spa ​for enlarged pores, acne and acne scarring?

​PLEASE NOTE: At Skinessence medi spa you will receive a free skin consultation prior to undertaking any regime of skin treatments, be they laser, chemical peel or cosmeceutical.

The consultations are conducted in the privacy of a treatment room and our Skin Specialists are able to answer any questions or concerns you may have. During the consultation, a detailed assessment will be carried out (along with a patch test where required for laser treatments) and a personal programme will be devised to suit your skin requirements.
Following the consultation (and a successful patch test), you will be able to start your course of prescribed treatments. All treatments are carried out in the safe, private and comfortable environment of our stylish clinic.

Cosmeceutical Formulas
For those that suffer from enlarged pores or acne, most tend to have an oily skin type and an effective at home skincare routine is extremely important. The regular application of an enzyme cleanse and vitamin A based formulation designed specifically to treat and manage blemished oily skin, as well as a well designed skin care routine, are paramount .

Our skin care specialists can analyse your skin needs and hand select appropriate and effective cosmeceutical formulations as well as design a skin care regime specifically for you..

Prescription Facial Treatments including Chemical Peels
The formulations used in medical-grade skin treatments are effective at smoothing and cleansing the skin, healing scars and acne and balancing oil production in skin cells to reduce future acne outbreaks. Medical Grade Chemical Peels exfoliate the skin, kill bacteria and unclog the blocked pores that cause acne. The process involves the application of a chemical agent to the skin that penetrates the outer layers and works to reveal the brighter, healthier skin beneath.

Skin Needling with Dermal Pen
Skin Needling also referred to as Medical Micro Needling, Dermal Needling or Collagen Induction Therapy – is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine surgical grade needles. Skin Needling works by stimulating your own body’s own collagen to plump up the skin and breaking down scar tissue without damaging the epidermis. This promotes your skin’s own healing mechanisms to stimulate new collagen growth, improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of scarring.

Laser Skin Rejuvenation
A gentle laser treatment can be utilised to provide skin resurfacing and address textural irregularities such as enlarged pores and acne scaring without ablating the epidermis (top layer of the skin). The laser treatment triggers a wound-healing process that replaces the disorganised, compacted scar tissue with healthy new tissue, greatly diminishing the appearance of the scar tissue and enlarged pores.