Treating Acne and Acne Scars in London.
Acne, also known as: acne vulgaris, acne rosacea, nodulocystic acne, folliculitis, cysts, pimples, boils, furuncles, blemishes, spots, zits, blackheads, whiteheads or comedones is an adolescent and adult skin condition that affects the face and body with visible abrasions, pimples and redness.
If acne is affecting your life, then the Harley Street Dermatology Clinic can provide both medical and laser acne treatment services here in our London acne clinic. Our consultant acne 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 following acne treatment at the Harley Street Dermatology Clinic. We hope you will agree that the results can be quite breath-taking. Don’t let acne dominate your life, get in touch and let us take care of your skin.
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WHAT IS ACNE?
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the UK which affects most people at some point in their lives, however, severity and longevity of the condition varies. Acne is an inflammatory skin condition which leads to oily skin and the development of spots, including blackheads and whiteheads, on the skin. For many, acne only lasts for a short time during puberty when hormone levels are changing, however, for some, the effects of acne last much longer and can bring pain, scarring, and embarrassment.
Acne is 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.
WHAT DOES ACNE LOOK LIKE?
The main symptom of acne is the appearance of a large volume of spots on the skin. Acne can develop on the face, back and chest and is a combination of blackheads, inflamed spots, cysts and pustules. In some severe instances, the scalp, armpits and groin can also be affected. More severe acne can leave scarring which can be pit-like, crater-like or bumpy. To avoid scarring, it is vital to treat acne before this stage.
HOW MIGHT ACNE AFFECT ME?
Mild or moderate acne affects both your physical body and psychological wellbeing.
Physical affects of acne
Severe acne might leave scarring which can be pit-like, crater-like or bumpy. This type of acne may require more thorough acne treatment to ensure the skin is as blemish-free as possible.
Psychological affects of acne
Naturally, blemishes, marks or pimples around our faces can make us conscious about how we appear in front of people and this can impact both our confidence and mood.
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 medication. We are able to prescribe a drug which offers a good chance of a cure for acne – see before and after slider.
We offer a range of acne treatments specifically for those who suffer from acne or acne scars but as it is a complex condition with varying levels of severity, our Dermatologists will advise you on the most appropriate treatment plan for you during your consultation. We will often recommend a staged approach over a period of time where each stage will produce some improvement and together they will produce a worthwhile, sustained improvement. Your consultant will discuss with you the benefits and potential side effects of each treatment that might be suitable for you, enabling a joint decision about how to care for your skin is reached.
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.
Medical acne treatments
The first line of treatment in many acne cases is to simply suppress the inflammation until the acne disappears. This treatment might involve lotions or tablets such as topical retinoids, oral or topical antibiotics or hormone suppression in the form of a contraceptive pill (for females only). The Harley Street Dermatology Clinic is able to prescribe an oral medication which has a good chance of clearing up acne.
Laser acne treatments
Lasers can be used to treat the redness and thread veins which are commonly associated with acne and acne rosacea. This treatment works by using a powerful light that destroys the bacteria that causes acne as well as removing blood vessels which cause redness. Lasers stimulate collagen production, kills bacteria and reduces the production of sebum from sebaceous glands in the skin. This is a safe and non-invasive treatment and a course is recommended. Lasers are also able to rejuvenate the skin, creating small columns of treated tissue amongst the healthy tissue to promote healthy looking skin.
DID YOU KNOW THIS ABOUT ACNE?
Your diet can play a big impact on the strength of your acne, but also the effectiveness of treating and curing your acne. Studies have found that high GI and dairy foods have been linked to acne. However, it is important to not that simply changing your diet doesn’t mean curing your acne – it is just a potential
solution to support the treatment of your acne. You need to consult any changes to your diet with your doctor before you make any drastic changes.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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. There are drugs that offer a good chance of a cure for acne.
Our Acne Dermatologists can offer effective, specialist acne treatment to patients to help cure or control their disease.
Consultant dermatologists have years of experience in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acne. An appointment with one of our trusted experts is likely to be the most effective way to treat your acne. Sadly, acne cannot yet be cured, but it can be controlled with treatment.
Acne is very common in teenagers and younger adults. About 80% of the UK population between 11 and 30 are affected by acne. Acne is most common in girls from the ages of 14 to 17, and in boys from the ages of 16 to 19.
Most people have acne on and off for several years before their symptoms start to improve as they get older. Acne often disappears when a person is in their mid-20s. In some cases, acne can continue into adult life. About 3% of adults have acne over the age of 35.
No. Poor hygiene doesn’t cause acne. Cleansing your skin daily and exfoliating weekly can help prevent pores from becoming clogged, this approach is useful for both people with and without acne.
Yes, acne is known to run in families, so if your mother and father suffered with acne, you are more likely to.
Acne affects most people at some point during their lives and will usually go away on its own, usually during teenage years. If acne is still prevalent in adulthood, treatment may be needed to help to control acne or to help reduce acne scarring.
Scars are part of the skin’s natural healing process after it has been damaged and in the case of acne, are caused by picking at spots on the face. Most acne scars will fade on their own, however for persistent scarring, we offer a range of treatments to reduce the appearance of scarring such as fractional laser resurfacing and medical skin needling.
Things you can do yourself to help clear up acne include:
Washing the face once or twice a day with a mild soap and warm water. It is important not to over wash the face as this can irritate the skin.
Wash your hair regularly and keep it off your face
Try not to wear too much make up and make sure it is completely removed before going to bed.
No. Squeezing spots can cause long lasting scarring.
It is not recommended to put toothpaste on your spots to help get rid of them. Even though toothpaste is anti-bacterial, it also contains substances which can damage or irritate your skin, making acne symptoms worse. Book a consultation with one of our expert dermatologists who can advise you on the right treatment for your skin.
WHY CHOOSE THE HARLEY STREET DERMATOLGY CLINIC?
Having the right dermatologist is important especially when you have a chronic skin condition that will require ongoing treatment. We want you to feel confident that we’re providing you with the best possible care. We also want you to feel as comfortable as possible with your dermatologist.
The Harley Street Dermatology Clinic specialises in conditions affecting the skin, hair and nails. Our goal is to provide all the care that you need when you’re experiencing these kinds of problems. We want to make it easy for you to access the best quality treatment and support in London.
The clinic is conveniently located in Central London, so it’s easy to visit us if you need to see a dermatologist. You will find yourself in a very comfortable and welcoming environment. We have created a relaxing space where you will receive the highest quality of care. We are regulated by the Care Quality Commission, are part of the British Association of Dermatologists and are top rated by patients of Doctify so you can be sure of safe and effective treatment with us.
The Harley Street Dermatology Clinic
35 Devonshire Place
The clinic can be accessed by public transport, on foot or by car. There is paid on street parking around the Harley Street district. The nearest tube stations are Regent’s Park and Baker Street, and Marylebone train station is a 15 minute walk away.
020 3322 7852
020 3322 7852
While appointments can be made available outside usual hours in special circumstances, our core hours are:
Monday: 8am - 6pm
Tuesday: 8am - 6pm
Wednesday: 8am - 6pm
Thursday: 8am - 6pm
Friday: 8am - 6pm
Saturday : 10am - 2pm
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