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Acne

Acne isn’t simply experienced by teenagers going through puberty but is in fact a common skin condition that will affect most people at some point in their life. We can prescribe you with an acne treatment or combination of acne medications tailored to your personal needs.

Acne isn’t simply experienced by teenagers going through puberty but is in fact a common skin condition that will affect most people at some point in their life. We can prescribe you with an acne treatment or combination of acne medications tailored to your personal needs.

What is acne?

  • What is acne?

    The majority of those affected by acne, will experience spots, oily skin and redness, particularly to the face. However, some people will also have back acne, and up to 15% of people will experience chest acne.

    In the most part acne will consist of a combination of blackheads, whiteheads and small red bumps called papules, or white tipped spots called pustules. Some people also experience large hard lumps called nodules, as well as cysts which have the appearance of boils and are the most likely to cause acne scarring.

    Teenagers are the group most affected by the condition, however it is the case that some people experience adult acne.

  • What causes acne?

    In the most part acne is caused by changing hormone levels during puberty, the menstrual cycle and pregnancy. During these times our bodies may produce larger amounts of oil than usual, causing blocked pores which creates inflammation, this can then also become infected.

    Any other situation that may cause clogged pores such as heavy makeup, sweating or tight clothing can also exacerbate the condition.

  • What acne treatments are there?

    There are a wide range of options available for treating the condition, from topical creams and lotions to specific antibiotics for acne and combined treatments. It is also worth trying to avoid any triggers that exacerbate your acne, giving your skin the time to breathe and respond to acne treatment.

    We can prescribe the use of a topical lotion such as Epiduo or a daily antibiotic combined with a gel or cream such as Doxycycline and Duac, women can also be prescribed the contraceptive pill Co-cyprindiol sometimes known by the brand name ‘Dianette’ in conjunction with a cream. Depending on the patient and condition these treatments could help to manage your acne.

  • How can our acne clinic help you?

    Request a treatment, complete your consultation questionnaire and upload two images of your acne. Using this information, we will be able to asses which acne treatment is the most suitable and prescribe this for you. If approved, your treatment can either be collected or delivered.

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