Manchester Acne Clinic
Acne is a common skin condition which commonly affect teenagers, however it can develop in any age group.
Typically acne suffers will experience oiliness of the skin around the face, upper parts of the chest and back. In some cases, acne can be so severe that it can leave scaring. Spots can be painful, red or yellow with whiteheads and blackheads or a mix of all these features
What is acne?
Acne / Spots/ Pimples/ Zits occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with dead skin cells and oil. There are 6 different types of spots that is caused by acne, these include:
There are many treatments both prescription and over the counter for acne. Whilst over the counter treatments may be perfectly suitable for the mild acne, one may need to consider prescription treatments when the response to over the counter treatments may be in adequate.
Aim of acne treatment
The aim should be to identify the type of acne and use a treatment that is most likely to target the specific type of acne. Most treatments will target only a specific type of acne lesion but some will be ‘broad spectrum’ that is to say target all the lesions seen in acne.
Best acne treatments
There is no cure for acne but treatment offers control measures and maintenance to visibly reduce or treat it completely.
Oral antibiotics, creams or gels, chemical peels, laser light all improve acne.
Acne treatment can be different from person to person, the treatment you have will be individualised by a trained dermatologist who can understand your condition and the severity of it.
Laser treatment for acne
Laser treatments offer an effective way of treating acne. They can be great at treating both mild to moderate acne, sometimes in combination with other treatments in order to maximize the results.
In case of females, oral contraceptive pills may be helpful. Isotretinoin is one medication that has a very high success rate in the treatment of stubborn acne. This can be prescribed only by a fully trained dermatologist who understands the way the medication works and is able to monitor the treatment carefully.
There are many myths around acne and roaccutane treatment. It is important to consult a fully qualified consultant dermatologist who can discuss the right treatment for the type and severity of acne.
Which is the best acne treatment for me?
The treatment you have will depend on the type of acne you have. Most acne treatments will target only a specific type of acne lesion. But some people will have a variety of acne lesions. Some treatments will be ‘broad spectrum’, which means that they will target all the lesions seen in acne.