Brisbane Skin works compassionately with a wide range of patients struggling with acne in its active state, and an equal number who are eager to reduce acne scarring. For the latter group, the visible scars on their faces can be just as traumatic as a face full of pimples. Find out more about our acne treatments. 

Acne And Acne Treatment

Find out more about acne, its causes and our approach to acne treatment in the information below. Or get in touch and book a nurse or therapist consultation to discuss your concerns and treatment plan specific to you.

Getting to the root of acne

Acne is the result of problems with the sebaceous glands. These glands secrete an oily substance, called sebum that keeps skin naturally supple and healthy. When the opening to sebaceous glands is blocked, the sebum has nowhere to go and accumulates. This creates a recipe for disaster: The oil provides a feast for skin bacteria.

Unchecked, skin bacteria can lead to:

  • Pimples
  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads
  • Large cysts
  • Painful swelling

Acne basics

When new patients visit our practice, one of the first questions they ask is “Why do I have acne?” Many are ready to blame their painful, unattractive skin eruptions on chocolate or fried foods. Oil causes acne, but it’s not the French fries that are to blame!

Acne can be worsened by, though it is generally not caused by:

In fact, the two main causes of acne are:

  • Genetics
  • Hormones

Genes, hormones & acne treatment


Genes determine how your body’s autoimmune system will respond to skin bacteria. Furthermore, your body’s genetic programming can influence things such as how prone you are to having clogged pores. For example, a hereditary tendency to produce more dead skin cells than your skin can shed, and a tendency to form clogged pores, can lead to acne.


Beyond genetics, your hormones influence the rate at which you produce oil within your sebaceous glands. Hormonal balances fluctuate throughout life, but may be dramatic during puberty. This explains why so many patients that see us at Brisbane Skin are teenagers of both genders.

  • Females experience hormonal fluctuations related to their menstrual cycle, pregnancy, the post-partum state, perimenopause, and menopause. As a result, many women are challenged by acne and acne scarring well into adulthood.
  • Males also experience hormonal fluctuations, though most of them occur during puberty. At that time, males experience a surge in androgens, the male sex hormone. These hormones, along with adolescent stress, cause the oil glands in teenage boy’s skin on the face, back, neck, chest, and shoulders to enlarge and produce more oil.

Acne is not a serious health threat, but it can cause deep scars, physically and emotionally. The medical team at Brisbane Skin do their utmost to help patients cope.

Our most requested treatments for acne

Each day we receive numerous phone calls from acne sufferers enquiring about treatment. The most requested treatments, all with an excellent history of success, include topical creams and other prescriptions and chemical peels.

Chemical peels are able to peel away the top layer of skin. The new skin that replaces it is healthier, with less visible signs acne. We often use these in combination with light treatments for best results.

Kleresca Biophotonic Treatments

The latest technology is biophotonic Kleresca treatment which uses light activated gel to treat acne.

Kleresca blue light treatments offer treatment of acne through a non-invasive, non-medicated blue light therapy which is a good option for patients who do not wish to follow prescription options. Dr Manoharan is the only dermatologist in Queensland to offer this exciting new treatment, which has only been released in Australia since April 2016.

Find out more about the blue light therapy.

A new approach in treating acne

Brisbane Skin is proud to offer this new generation of effective treatment for people with acne and acne stars. Our combination program is unlike traditional treatment protocols, using a range of treatments to improve the skin of acne sufferers.

We place equal focus on:

  • Treating acne
  • Treating and preventing scars

Research has shown that scars that are treated early have a higher improvement rate than those that are not. Advanced technology allows our dermatologists to undertake scar remodelling early, giving our patients the best chance for optimal results.

Before & After

Make An Appointment

Are you self-conscious about active acne or acne scarring? Do your blemishes affect your daily life, robbing you of confidence? Do you have any skin care questions that need answers?

If so, we can help.

Get in touch with us by phone during business hours on 07 3160 3330, or use the contact form on this page to learn what our expert team of skin specialists can do to make your skin look healthy, radiant, and glowing. We also offer nurse/therapist consultations – where we can discuss your concern and acne treatment plans.

Learn about our Acne treatments

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