Acne affects almost all young people, can run in families and is triggered by hormonal changes in young men and women. Most adolescents will have a few spots on their face, neck, back, or on their chest.
In the majority of cases, the problem does not extend beyond a moderate number of blackheads, or whiteheads. They can be treated with benzoyl peroxide gels, or creams, from your local pharmacist.
For other young people, acne can become a serious condition. With pus filled cysts developing, similar to boils, or painful, hard nodules beneath the surface of their skin.
This severe acne has the most effect at the time and carries the greatest risk of scarring. A consultation with a specialist dermatologist makes sense, along with dedicated treatment.
Acne Treatment in London
If your acne is severe, or does not respond to over the counter products, we can help. Acne treatment in our London clinics starts with an initial consultation, an assessment by a consultant dermatologist.
They will give you a detailed diagnosis, discuss your condition and any lifestyle changes which may assist. A treatment plan will be created, to match the exact condition you have.
Specialist medication, such as isotretinoin capsules, or antibiotics can be effective. Controlled chemical peels, or microdermabrasion are a valuable way to replace the area which is being treated, with a smoother layer of skin.
Laser treatment and light based therapies, such as photodynamic therapy, are proven acne treatments. Particularly for recalcitrant, or inflammatory acne, or cases which have failed to respond to other treatment.
The key is the right treatment for your body, every case is different. The acne specialists at our Barnet and Chelsea clinics work with you, to find the best solution.
Where a patient has been affected at quite a young age, our consultants are used to offering suitable support. By all means mention that you wish to see a children’s dermatologist if you prefer to do so.
Post Acne Scarring
Acne can cause a loss of self-confidence at any stage. This can be heightened by severe acne and more so if this results in scarring, caused by nodules, or cysts bursting and damaging nearby skin.
Good treatment at the time can help prevent scarring, neither should you feel you need to live with this in later life. A detailed assessment by one of our consultants can often provide answers.
Radiofrequency rejuvenation is a good option, delivering a targeted, controlled amount of heat energy to your skin. This can dramatically improve acne scars in less time than traditional treatments.
The consultants at our London dermatology clinics give all the time you need to discuss your wishes. Whether you are suffering from acne, or scarring this has left, we help to create a personal solution.
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