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Alternative names: Acne vulgaris, acne rosacea, nodulocystic acne, folliculitis, cysts, pimples, boils, furuncles, blemishes, spots, zits, blackheads, whiteheads, comedones.
If acne is affecting your life, then the Harley Street Dermatology Clinic is here to help. Our consultant dermatologists can offer you expert treatment with a very good chance of permanently eradicating your acne. Please look below at the before and after images of acne treated with a 4 month course of oral isotretinoin. We hope you will agree that the results can be quite breathtaking.
Acne is a common condition characterised by blackheads, whiteheads and cysts. It affects the greasy and hair-bearing areas such as the face, chest and back. Acne is caused by a combination of overactive grease-glands, hormones and bacterial infection. As with most skin conditions, acne can affect one’s confidence and cause low self-esteem. It can leave scarring.
A combination of blackheads, inflamed spots, cysts and pustules on the face, back and chest. Sometimes the scalp, armpits and groin can be affected.
Mild or moderate acne affects the confidence and mood. More severe acne might leave scarring which can be pit-like, crater-like or bumpy. To avoid scarring, it is vital to treat acne before this stage.
Acne usually gets better over a year or two, so the first line of treatment is to simply suppress the inflammation until the acne disappears naturally. Treatment might involve lotions or tablets such as antibiotics or hormone suppression in the form of a contraceptive pill (for females only). However, acne that is very disfiguring, scarring or long-standing is classed as severe, and requires stronger treatment in the form of isotretinoin (Roaccutane®). This drug offers a good chance of a cure for acne – see before and after slider.
Our Acne Dermatologists at London's Harley Street Dermatology Clinic can offer effective, specialist acne treatment to patients to help cure or control their disease.
For more information on acne, please see the British Association of Dermatologists website acne advice leaflet.