What is Acne?

What is Acne?

Acne causes red pimples on your face, chest and back. In addition, spots can appear more commonly on oily skin. Furthermore, acne starts in the teenage years but can come on at any time. It is caused by blockage and inflammation of glands or pores in your skin. Further, the medical term for the common form of acne is acne vulgaris.

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  • What can make your acne worse?

    Equally important in acne prevention and treatment is recognising what can make your acne worse. Firstly, applying cosmetic products that can block your pores and be unhelpful. Moreover, humid environments can also make your acne worse. In addition, drugs like steroids, hormones, epileptic medications can also be culprits. Controversially, foods containing high amounts of carbohydrates can make your acne worse. Lastly, the polycystic ovarian disease can also make acne worse.

  • You should look for non-comedogenic label on the products you purchase to avoid making your acne worse. To help you with your acne prevention and treatment, our doctors will prescribe creams for you. Furthermore, recommended products containing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are helpful. Topical retinoids and retinol work in many ways to help acne prevention and treatment. Equally, antibiotic creams and tablets help reduce inflammation. You might need a stronger medication called Roaccutane if your acne is not better.

How can you treat your acne scarring?

Firstly, it is very important to avoid picking or scratching the spots to prevent scarring. Equally, you must get on top of your acne as quickly as possible to reduce the amount of scarring. Acne scarring can be treated in many ways. Our specialist doctors are here to guide you.

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  • Skincare

    We may recommend a skincare routine with high strength medical ingredients to help treat pigmentation and prepare your skin for procedures.

  • Microneedling

    Micro needling can help target deep scars combined with growth factors from your own blood, platelet rich plasma also known as PRP or vampire facial.

  • Chemical peels

    A chemical peel can help treat active acne, pigmentation and superficial scarring.

  • Subcision

    Releasing deep scar tissue using needles after numbing you skin called Subcision can help.

  • Dermal fillers

    Hyaluronic dermal filler skin boosters can help treat and heal acne scarring.

  • Ablative laser resurfacing

    Severe scars are treated with laser resurfacing using Erbium and CO2 fractional ablative lasers.

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