Acne Treatment

What is acne?
In layman’s words, it’s referred to as a “pimple,” and it affects teenagers and occasionally adults. It affects the face, neck, chest, and back and presents as blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, lumps (nodules), cysts, scars, and pigmentation. Acne can affect a patient’s confidence and self-esteem in the majority of cases. 

What is the cause of acne?
The oil (sebaceous) glands produce too much oil, which, along with dead skin cells, clogs hair follicles and encourages the growth of the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes, which results in the appearance of acne patches. 

How can acne be treated?
For an evaluation of the severity of your acne and a discussion of your treatment choices, you must first schedule a consultation. 

Two steps of treatment are involved: 

  1. i) Medical care: The first step in treating acne lesions or other inflammatory lesions is to treat them. This is crucial since early therapy reduces the likelihood of scarring. It might take one or more of the following therapies, which can last up to six months, to get this under control. Blood testing may be necessary for several drugs, particularly isotretinoin.

-creams or gels
– oral antibiotics
– spironolactone
– isotretinoin/roaccutane 

  1. ii) physical therapy: This includes managing scars and pigmentation caused by acne aftereffects. Some procedures can be started in conjunction with medical therapy (such as laser resurfacing) or after therapy has been completed (such as specialised creams or chemical peels). For the best results, a variety of therapy approaches and several sessions could be necessary.

 

Patients with skin of colour who have acne may get dark pigmentation marks, which is quite upsetting to them. One of the few medical professionals in the UK with training in treating darker skin types and related issues, our dermatologist is able to properly handle them. 

Treatment will be provided by a fully trained Consultant Dermatologist and/or a Consultant Plastic Surgeon