Acne Treatments

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Stages of Acne

 

Acne is a disorder of the follicles found in the face and upper trunk. At puberty androgens increase the production of sebum from enlarged sebaceous glands that become blocked and infected causing an inflammatory reaction. Acne is characterised by comedones, blackheads, white heads and inflamed papules, pustules and nodules. Almost every teenager can expect to experience acne to some degree during adolescent years, tending to effect boys more than girls. Genetic factors do play a part and acne can also be associated with medical conditions such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Cushings disease etc.

Acne can cause severe psychological problems undermining self-assurance and self esteem at a vulnerable time in life. Treatments for acne can begin with simple advice on cleanliness and diet but many other treatments are available. We know there are many products advertised over the counter but these usually are of only minimal benefit. Here in our clinic we offer topical treatments, oral medical treatments and specific skin care advice tailored to your requirements.

We also offer a range of chemical and resurfacing skin peels which are proven to improve the appearance of acne. Any form of acne can lead to scarring. Scarring usually results from deep lesions but superficial lesions can also cause scarring. 1 in 5 gets significant (socially obvious) scarring. Should scarring occur as a result of acne we offer corrective treatments known as Skin Boosting.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Acne and who gets it?

Acne is a common cause of spots, most people with acne are aged between 12 and 25 but some older and younger people are affected; boys more commonly than girls. About 9 in 10 teenagers develop some kind of acne, often it is mild, however it is estimated about 3 in 10 teenagers have bad acne, bad enough to need treatment to prevent it scarring. Untreated acne can last 4 to 5 years before settling.

Hormonal changes simulate sebaceous glands and sebum is produced. The more sebum you produce the greasier your skin feels and the worse acne is likely to be.

As pores become plugged you develop comedones (black heads and white heads) the black being dues to skin pigment and not dirt as many people think!

Trapped sebum is ideal for bacterium to live and multiply and this can result in inflammation. If inflammation develops the surrounding skin becomes red and spots become larger and filled with puss (pustules). Occasionally they develop further into nodules and cysts.

What makes Acne worse?

The progestogen only contraceptive pill may make acne worse in women; the hormonal changes around the monthly period may cause a flare up of spots, sweating heavily or humid conditions

* Spots may develop under tight clothes

* Some medicines and topical treatments

* Anabolic steroids

* Diets high in sugar and milk products may make acne worse

What are treatment aims?

The aim of treatment is to clear spots as much as possible and to prevent scarring. Improving the appearance can help self esteem and boost confidence; this is so often missed or under estimated.

What treatments do you offer?

We offer a range of treatments, starting with simple advice, topical creams and gels, oral medication, chemical skin peels and tailor made skin care ranges. Clenziderm by Obagi medical is a treatment regime proven to offer fabulous results.

 

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