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Acne Treatments

We have all suffered from a breakout or a spot at some point in our lives, but when spots are persistent or become more severe, they become a problem. Many ask what is acne, which is most likely to occur on the face, back and chest. When it is on the face it means it’s highly visible and difficult to hide, resulting in sufferers becoming self-conscious about their appearance.

Think Before You Treat Acne

Acne is a skin condition that’s familiar to almost everyone, and at-home acne solutions are widely available. It is a condition that causes oily skin, blackheads and spots, usually when a person is going through hormonal changes such as during puberty or menopause.

For many women, it is a regular part of their menstruation cycle. Many acne patients come to us saying that they don’t have acne, they just have spots, however, if spots (can just be a few) are persistently occurring then the concern is most likely to be acne rather than the occasional breakout most of us experience.

While acne is often seen on the back and chest areas, it most commonly affects the face, which is why it causes so much distress. When teenagers get severe acne, it becomes a very sensitive issue and can have a knock-on effect on the entire family who can sometimes feel that they’re walking on eggshells around the sufferer. Acne treatments for severe symptoms can be effective ways of controlling the condition, as well as preventing permanent scarring, but they must be done under qualified medical supervision.

Low-grade acne – the odd few spots and skin redness that appear unpredictably – can often be managed with products and a topical treatment you can use at home. If necessary, ask an expert for advice on the best products to use.

 

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Acne is common in both adolescents and adults. There are a number of ways for you to treat acne. Adult acne and severe acne-prone skin may require a consultation in order to correctly advise the correct course of action beyond topical treatments or topical antibiotics.

Dead Skin Cells & The Development of This Disease:

– Increased size of the sebaceous gland and increased oil production.

– Increased production of skin cells; the body can’t shed these ‘extra’ dead skin cells fast enough, and as a result, the sebaceous gland follicles become blocked.

– The blocked follicles become the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and swiftly become highly populated by ‘.acnes bacteria’ (formerly known as “P. acnes bacteria”).

– As an immune response to the bacteria, the follicles become inflamed. This same response can also be stimulated by hormones, such as those produced at puberty.

These Internal Factors Show Themselves as:

– Blackheads

– Whiteheads

– Papules

– Pustules

– Cysts

There is no single solution to treating acne and no cure, but acne treatment can successfully manage the condition. Acne treatment will depend on the individual, and you may need a combination of treatments. Most people will try over-the-counter products when treating acne, see no improvement within a few weeks and then try something else, perhaps more extreme like topical antibiotics, and so the cycle begins. Often people use the wrong products, making the condition worse.

It’s important to understand that, in the case of oily skin, it is counterproductive to try and strip the oils because drying out the skin can trigger the production of even more oil, making the condition worse.

Clinic treatment options include two types of laser and topical medication applied in the clinic, as well as prescription-only oral and topical medicines. Often the treatment plan involves a combination of different treatments in order to get the best results.

 

Acne Treatment Options Include:

– Regenlite

– Isolaz

– Specialist medical chemical skin peels

– Prescription-only topical treatment and oral medicines

It is important to remember that acne treatment will take time to have an effect, so you must not expect overnight results. It is also likely that you will experience ups and downs, so don’t worry if things seem to be getting worse for a while.

How to Prevent and Treat Acne Scars

Unfortunately, those with severe acne are at risk of permanent scarring, so treatment for this is advised. Your GP can offer medicines that will help, but they are limited as to what they can prescribe.

A Dermatologist can prescribe Roaccutane, which is available privately and, for some people, through the NHS.

Once you have treated the acne successfully, you can look to treat any scarring that has occurred with a number of available scar treatments.

Some scars, including some types of acne scars, can fade somewhat on their own over time. However, most will not go completely on their own and some will not improve noticeably on their own either.

There are a few different types of acne scarring and there can be a mixture of types in a single area; acne scarring on the face, acne scarring on the back, acne scarring on buttocks, no matter where your acne scarring is, you can have a mixture of scar types and you may need to do different things to help remove them.

There are lots of options when it comes to treatments for acne scars. It is important to have a thorough consultation of your existing acne scars and ask questions so that you can fully understand what treatment(s) are being suggested for you and why. Treatments differ for mild acne, mild or moderate acne and moderate or severe acne treatment. Ranging from conventional acne treatments to oral antibiotics.

Acne Scar Treatment Options (offered alone or in combination) Include:

 

Acne Treatments

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Isolaz Treatment

Isolaz Treatment

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