Acne is a very common inflammatory skin condition, and is in fact it is one of the most common skin conditions in the UK, affecting most people at some point in their lives to varying severity and duration. Acne occurs in the vast majority of teenagers, but can continue into, or indeed start in adult life, particularly during hormonal changes such as pregnancy. Acne will usually go away on its own but if acne is still present in adulthood, treatment may be required. Acne is caused by overactive grease glands, bacterial overgrowth, pores becoming blocked and hormones. Acne can leave scarring so it is important to treat your acne professionally. Our Dermatologists have a huge amount of experience dealing with this condition and understand how much it can affect your life and self-confidence. We believe there is no need for anyone to put up with their acne and here at St Michael’s Clinic we will tailor a bespoke treatment regime that will be the most effective for you as an individual.
Acne typically develops on the face but it can also appear on the back and the chest. Painful, inflamed spots, blackheads, cysts and pustules are seen in acne and scarring can appear crater like or bumpy.
Acne is a complex condition to treat as there is a wide variety of acne treatments available depending on the severity and location of your acne. As acne can get better on its own, we often recommend a stage approach of treatment with the first line of action to suppress the inflammation. Other acne treatments range from lotions to tablets (antibiotics or hormone suppression) and in more severe cases of acne, stronger medications can be prescribed.
Acne is a complex condition to treat as there is a wide variety of acne treatments available depending on the severity and location of your acne. Acne can get better on its own over time, but we will usually recommend a course of treatment which is appropriate to the severity of the acne and the amount of distress it is causing the patient. We work with the patient to create an individual treatment plan depending on their condition and their response to initial treatment.
Acne treatments come in many forms including, topical products, prescribed topical medication, clinic based skin peels, microdermabrasion treatment and tablets in the form of antibiotics or hormone suppression in females. In more severe cases of acne, a stronger medication may be prescribed.
Treating Acne Scars
Acne can result in scarring of the skin, even when the spots themselves have cleared up. There are a number of treatments which can improve the appearance of acne scars including microdermabrasion, chemical peels, laser treatments, fractional laser resurfacing and medical skin needling. These treatments work in varying ways to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, resulting in new, smoother skin growth.
How Can I Help My Acne?
There are a few things you can do yourself to help clear up your acne. These include washing your hair regularly and keeping it off your face, washing the face once or twice a day with a gentle soap and water or wash off cleanser (it is important not to overwash the face) and try to not wear too much make-up and make sure it is removed completely before going to bed. You shouldn’t squeeze your acne spots as this can result in long term scarring and it is not recommended to put toothpaste on your acne spots as it contains substances which can irritate the skin, making acne symptoms worse.
During a consultation with a consultant dermatologist, your acne will be assessed and the most suitable treatment option for you discussed.
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Why choose St. Michael's Clinic?
Here at St. Michael's Clinic, Shrewsbury's leading private skin and laser treatment clinic, our experts are specialists in all aspects of dermatology, skin cancer, anti-ageing and beauty treatments. We are able to offer NHS patients a consultant led dermatology service from our three sites in Shrewsbury, Much Wenlock and Donnington (Telford).
St. Michael's Clinic is regulated by the Care Quality Commission, ensuring the best level of treatment is provided to you in a safe environment. Our Clinical Lead Dr Stephen Murdoch is a member of the British Association of Dermatologists, the British Laser Medical Association and the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. We are part of the Dermatology Partnership, a leading group of dermatology clinics, defined by clinical excellence and focusing on leading dermatological care.