Treatments for acne at Belgravia Dermatology
- About – Almost 30% of people in their 20’s are prone to acne. This can be difficult and embarrassing for many.
- Treatments – Prescription creams, tablets, Tixel, manual comedone extraction and peels can help to reduce acne
- Self help – Avoid picking at spots however tempting this may be – as this can increase the chance of a scar developing
- Next step – Treating acne at an early stage will prevent permanent blemishes and scars from developing. If you would like to discuss how to improve your acne then please contact us to arrange an appointment with on of our experienced Dermatologist
What is acne?
The way acne affects the skin can vary tremendously between individuals. Some only experience the odd spot which resolves without a blemish. For others, acne can cause persistent, large and inflamed pustules and nodules which may leave a blemish or a scar during the teenage years and beyond. We are able to help the whole spectrum of acne, from mild to severe, and have particular expertise in managing persistent acne in adults. Treating acne at an early stage will prevent permanent blemishes and scars from developing.
What are the types of acne?
Acne may be comedonal, where the lesions are either blackheads (open comedones) or skin coloured bumps (closed comedones). Acne may also be inflammatory, in which red and inflamed spots and pustules develop. Sometimes inflammatory lesions can become very large and develop into nodules (lumps) and cysts. The skin is frequently greasy.
Who gets acne?
Acne is most common during the teenage period and may affect 90% of teenagers at some point. However, acne is not just a teenage problem as 30% of those in their twenties and 20% of those in their thirties are also affected by recurrent acne. Adult acne is increasingly common and we see a large number of adult sufferers in our practice.
What are the causes of acne?
- Hair follicles clog up because the cells lining them become sticky
- Excessive grease production fills up the space within clogged hair follicles
- Bugs known as Proprionobacterium acnes build up in the clogged grease filled hair follicles causing inflamed spots
- The treatments we offer are designed at addressing each of the three causes of acne.
What are the effects of acne
Visible acne lesions on the face can be embarrassing and frustrating, and it is common for many sufferers to feel significant psychological distress from them. Lesions themselves may cause discomfort and bleeding, and can lead to permanent scarring of the skin.
Why should acne be treated?
Treating acne improves quality of life significantly, and can transform self-confidence and self-esteem. Treating acne early is important to prevent scarring.
I already have acne scars – is it too late?
Definitely not. The first step will be to gain control of the acne so that new scars do not form. Once this is achieved we can work through different treatments to improve the scars including laser therapy, Tixel thermo-mechanical treatment, fillers, subcision, steroid injection, TCA cross and many others. It is never too late.
How is acne treated?
Following a detailed consultation, our Dermatologists will be able to offer you treatments which are tailored to the type of acne you have taking into account your age, the previous treatments you have had, your lifestyle, and your goals. We offer a range of latest treatments which may be recommended alone or in combination.
Acne treatments at Belgravia Dermatology
- Detailed consultation and skin analysis by a Dermatologist to design an individualised treatment plan
- A bespoke skin care regime to suit your skin type
- Antibiotic tablets
- Other tablets such as the oral contraceptive pill, spironolactone and daposone
- Manual extraction or hyfrecation (heating) of comedones
- Roaccutane (isotretinoin)
- Intense pulsed light (IPL)
- Chemical peels
- Tixel thermo-mechanical treatment
How effective are acne treatments?
Acne treatments are very effective and almost everyone will derive an improvement or clearance in their acne from the treatments which we offer at Belgravia Dermatology. Our goal is to also provide you with long term management strategies so that your acne remains under good control in the future.
What should I do next?
If you suffer from acne or from scarring secondary to acne then please arrange to see one of our Dermatologists who will be happy to help.