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What is Acne Treatment?

Acne is the most common chronic skin disease, which causes:

  • Lesions
  • Spots
  • Oily skin primarily on the face
  • Chest and back
  • Due to infected skin pores

It especially affects adolescents, but it is not age-specific. Acne vulgaris is the medical term for common acne.

Types of Acne

Usually, there are two most common types of acne:

  • Inflamed Acne (Inflammatory acne includes blemishes that are red, swollen, inflamed as well as warm to touch)
  • Non-Inflamed Acne (Non-inflammatory blemishes are less severe than the inflamed ones, as they do not cause any swelling or pain)

Non-Inflamed Acne

  • Milia(non-inflamed whiteheads)
  • Whiteheads (closed plugged pores)
  • Blackheads (open blocked pores)

It doesn’t cause redness or pain but may lead to inflamed acne if left untreated.

Inflamed Acne

  • Papules that are small, red, tender, raised bumps caused by inflamed or infected hair follicles.
  • Pimples (pustules) that have pus at their tips
  • Nodules that are solid, painful lumps under the skin.
  • Cysts that are large, painful, pus-filled lumps under the skin

with microcomedones, blackheads, and milia, along with papules and pustules. The appearance of nodules and cysts is also possible. Its intensity varies, with cystic acne being its most severe form.

Acne Treatment Services Available At CosMedocs

It’s never a good idea to leave acne untreated for long. CosMedocs’ Skin Therapists offer a powerful medical acne treatment regimen based on each skin type specifications. At CosMedocs, we offer the following treatment options:

What Are the Possible Causes of Acne?

Your acne may be caused by one or more than one causes such as:

  • Your skin produces too much oil (sebum)
  • There are dead skin cells blocking your pores
  • You may have bacterial built up in your pores

What Are the Common Areas Where Acne Develops?

The most usual areas where acne may occur are:

  • Face – facial acne affects every patient
  • Back – Almost 50% of acne patients experience acne on the back
  • Chest – one in 6 acne patients experience rare chest acne.

Skin Peels

Several skin peels are available for various skin care treatment purposes. Some are specific for acne treatment and produce effective outcomes with a downtime of zero to a few days.

  • Comedo extractions: these peels are used for acne treatment and consist of gently coaxing plugs of sebum and cellular debris from the pore to remove blackheads, milia and soft closed comedones.
  • Light chemical peels: instead of peeling, light chemical peels exfoliate the skin using an alpha-hydroxy, beta-hydroxy, glycolic acids or TCAs and cure acne by removing dead skin cells, while cleansing skin pores from debris.
  • Glycolic Peels: This acne treatment worksby lessening comedos, restoration of the outflow from the tip of follicles, and the removal of anaerobic content to stop acne from reproducing.
  • Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid & Resourcinol / Jessner’s Peel: This combination of medium depth skin peels are more effective than both glycolic or salicylic acid peels.

Find out more about skin peels

Microdermabrasion

This acne treatment procedure involves a device that is used to emit super-fine crystals over the skin’s surface to sweep the dead skin cells. Microdermabrasion best suits patients of non-inflamed acne.

Phototherapy

  • This acne treatment works by killing acne-causing bacteria, reducing inflammation, and shrinking the sebaceous glands by using the treatments available, including blue light, red light and photodynamic therapy.

Corticosteroid Injections

  • This is used to treat cysts by using injections to reduce inflammation, as well as the chance of scarring and to catalyse the healing process of lesion.

Systemic Treatment

  • Get Rid Of Acne – Appoint Us For Your Acne Treatment

    Our acne treatment services are available at all of our clinics in the UK (Harley Street, Portsmouth, Birmingham, Derby and Nottingham) and Dubai. Contact us now for an appointment and let our expert dermatology team to take care of your acne problem by using the most suited method for your skin.

    In the case of severe acne, systemic acne treatment can be done as an alternative to other procedures. These are prescription-only medicines that can be taken orally or by injection in conjunction with topical treatments, such as:

    • Oral antibiotics – erythromycin, tetracycline, minocycline, and doxycycline.
    • Hormonal treatments – birth control pills, spironolactone, isotretinoin – which are available under the brand names of Amnesteem, Claravis, Sotret (formerly Accutane).

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Acne-Related Conditions – Pigmentation And Scarring

Acne patients may experience some sort of pigmentation, discolouration and scarring. Other related conditions may include discolouration and the appearance of reddened spots that often persist after the healing of the breakout.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Acne?

Acne is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition where the pores of your skin become blocked by sebum (an oily and slightly waxy substance found on the skin), hair and dead skin cells and bacteria.

If you are suffering from acne, know that you are not alone. Many, many people experience this most common skin condition regardless of their age. It is interesting to note that around 50% of women and 25% of men experience acne at some point of their lives.

What is the diagnosis for acne treatment?

Acne can be diagnosed and determined by a simple visual examination of spots, pimples, blackheads or nodules. The doctor suggests the prescription, depending on the intensity of the symptoms.

A doctor, however, may take a swab of an acne lesion for the purpose of microbiological examination to rule out other infection sources.

Get Rid Of Acne – Appoint Us For Your Acne Treatment?

Acne can be determined by examining spots, pimples, blackheads or nodules. The doctor suggests the prescription, depending on the intensity of the symptoms.?

In the case of severe acne, systemic acne treatment can be done as an alternative to other procedures. These are prescription-only medicines that can be taken orally or by injection in conjunction with topical treatments, such as:

  • Oral antibiotics – erythromycin, tetracycline, minocycline, and doxycycline.
  • Hormonal treatments – birth control pills, spironolactone, isotretinoin – which are available under the brand names of Amnesteem, Claravis, Sotret (formerly Accutane).

Risk Factors Behind the Acne?

Acne is one of the most distressing skin conditions and it is important to remember that it is not caused itself. There are some important factors that are responsible for causing and even worsening your condition.

  • Hormonal changes

Hormones are ranked as one of the top factors that trigger acne. Androgens are hormones that may cause the oil glands under the skin to grow, thus producing more oil. This excessive oil production can enlarge your pores, where bacteria grow.

  • Effect Of Certain Drugs and Medicines

There are some medications that may cause or even worsen your acne such as drugs containing lithium, androgens, oral or injectable steroids. Birth control pills can also be held responsible for your blemishes.

  • Environmental Pollution

Your environment can also cause blemishes including grease, oil, smoke, dust and other types of pollution. These can clog your pores and lead to pimples and acne. Moreover, heat, humidity and even cold weather can trigger the development of acne.

  • The Genetic Factor

Even though there is no specific gene for acne, however, genetics can play an important role in your likelihood of experiencing acne.

  • Stress

Stress may not be directly responsible for causing acne, but it can certainly exacerbate the condition. According to American Academy of Dermatology Association, production of androgen during stress can also stimulate oil production. Thus, worsening your skin concern.

Can Acne Be Prevented?

It may be difficult to prevent acne, especially during the hormonal changes completely. However, some habits can help you have healthy skin, such as:

 

  • Wash your face daily with a mild facial cleanser
  • Avoid going to bed without taking your makeup off.
  • Avoid touching your face frequently

Will My Acne Ever Go Away?

The acne during the teenage years usually goes away on its own at the end of puberty. However, many people still struggle with adult acne, which can be easily treated successfully. Therefore, it is important to find the right doctor and acne treatment most suitable for you.

What Are the Common Areas Where Acne Develops?

The most usual areas where acne may occur are:

  • Face – facial acne affects every patient.
  • Back – Almost 50% of acne patients experience acne on the back.
  • Chest – one in 6 acne patients experience rare chest acne.

What Are the Acne Symptoms?

Acne is more than simply the appearance of a pimple – it has several signs and symptoms, such as:

  • Blackheads
  • Crusting of skin bumps
  • Cysts
  • Papules/red, bumpy skin
  • Pustules
  • Redness around the sites of breakout
  • Scarring of the skin
  • Whiteheads

What Actually Causes Acne to Form?

Acne usually occurs when the pores of your skin are blocked. There may be one of the 4 major factors behind the issue:

  • Your skin produces excess sebum (oil) that blocks your pores
  • Too much dead skin cells clogs your pores
  • The buildup of Bacteria causing inflammation
  • Release of certain inflammatory chemicals that lead to redness and swelling

As your pore becomes blocked, it may swell and produce a whitehead that is closed under the surface of your skin, thus, having a white appearance.

On the other hand, a blackhead may look like dirt stuck in pores; however, oil and bacteria have plugged it. As it is open at the surface of your skin and exposed to the oxygen in the air, therefore, it gets its black appearance.

What Is Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation and Scarring?

Acne patients may experience some pigmentation, discolouration and scarring. Other related conditions may include the appearance of marks and red spots that often persist after the healing of the breakout.

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) are those dark spots or marks that are left behind after your zit or pimple heals. It can vary in color from white to pink, red, or even black, depending on your skin tone.

Acne scars occur as a result of inflammation of your acne. As the acne pores swell and a breakdown occurs in the pore walls, causing shallow or deep scars depending on the size of your blemishes.

Acne Is Treatable?

Acne must be treated regardless of its severity because it is visually unappealing and undesirable. If left untreated, acne can not only scar your face but also your self-image and quality of life.

Skin experts at Cosmedocs regularly treat acne patients and even those suffering from acne scarring. There are many effective and reliable treatments available at Cosmedocs and our doctors give you tailored acne treatments that is best suited to your skin and its concerns.

At CosMedocs, we offer the following treatment options:

 

Skin Peels

Several skin peels are available for various skincare treatmentpurposes. Some are specific for acne treatment and produce effective outcomes with a minimal downtime

  • Comedone extractions: these peels are ideal for acne treatment because they consist of gently removing plugs of sebum and dead skin cells from your pores to remove blackheads, milia and soft closed comedones.

 

  • Light chemical peels: instead of peeling, light chemical peels exfoliate the skin using alpha-hydroxy, beta-hydroxy, glycolic acids or TCAs and improve appearance of acne by removing dead skin cells while cleansing skin pores from debris.

 

  • Glycolic Peels: This acne treatment works by reducing comedones, unclogging the tip of follicles, and removing anaerobic content to stop acne from reproducing.

 

  • Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid & Resorcinol / Jessner’s Peel: This combination of medium depth skin peels is more effective than glycolic as well as salicylic acid peels.

Find out more about Skin Peels

Microdermabrasion

This acne treatment works effectively for patients who are experiencing mild acne breakouts. The entire treatment is ideal for minimizing the appearance of your whiteheads and blackheads by removing dead skin cells.

Microdermabrasion can help even to diminish any shallow scarring that acne breakouts often leave behind.

Systematic Treatment

A ‘Systematic Therapy’ for the treatment of acne may become necessary if your acne does not improve with topical treatments. Also, this type of therapy may be helpful to you if you are suffering from more moderate to severe acne, such as inflammatory cysts or nodules.

The systematic therapy includes prescription-only medicines that can either be taken orally or by injection in conjunction with topical treatments, such as:

  • Oral antibiotics – erythromycin, tetracycline, minocycline, and doxycycline.

 

  • Hormonal Therapy – hormonal drugs such as birth control pills, spironolactone, isotretinoin – are available under the brand names of Amnesteem, Claravis, Sotret (formerly Accutane), respectively.

Oral contraceptive pills have been effective in treating blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and acne nodules and cysts.

Spironolactone is usually prescribed by dermatologists when other acne treatments do not give desired results. Spironolactone is known to decrease sebum production in your skin, thus, helping to fight off acne.

Isotretinoin is an oral retinoid that is popular for its effectiveness against and its symptoms. Moreover, it also helps patients experiencing scarring acne to reduce their risk of future scarring.

Does Wearing Makeup Cause Acne?

Wearing makeup does not necessarily cause acne; however, it may affect it. You may consider switching brands or using a different type of makeup, such as ‘mineral makeup’. It also advised looking for toiletries and cosmetics labelled “non-comedogenic”, meaning they don’t; clog pores.

When Should I See a Dermatologist?

Acne is a medical condition; hence, it is a good idea to seek the help of a medical professional. A dermatologist can help you if the over-the-counter treatments, like a topical retinoid or products containing salicylic acid, do not work.

If you are experiencing severe acne, it is best to seek acne treatment under the supervision of a medical professional. You can discuss your daily routine and habits with your doctor. The doctor will not only assess your skin condition but also prescribe you treatment to prevent acne scarring.

Why CosmeDocs?

CosmeDocs Cosmedocs provide exclusive skin and acne consultations through its skin experts who analyze your skin in depth. During your consultation, our doctor will recommend the most suitable treatment or therapy for your skin.
Upon booking a consultation, one of our skin advisors will prescribe an appropriate treatment map for you and also price you accordingly.

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