What is it and what is the cause?
The sebaceous (oil-producing) glands of people who get acne are particularly sensitive to normal blood levels of certain hormones, which are present in both men and women. These cause the glands to produce an excess of oil. At the same time, the dead skin cells lining the pores are not shed properly and clog up the follicles. These two effects result in a build up of oil, producing blackheads (where a darkened plug of oil and dead skin is visible) and whiteheads.
The acne bacterium (known as Propionibacterium acnes) lives on everyone’s skin, usually causing no problems, but in those prone to acne, the build-up of oil creates an ideal environment in which these bacteria can multiply. This triggers inflammation and the formation of red or pus-filled spots.
Acne can be classified into different stages depending on severity. Your GP can help with medications such as the contraceptive pill and antibiotics.
We offer advice, skin analysis and also treatments which are not available on the NHS that can really help. Consultation are free of charge to help us find out a little more about your skin and any medications you may be on. Treatments include :
- Salicylic products – Facial wash, wipes and peels can really help dry out spots and calm the skin (from £32) High strength products not available on the high street.
- IPL – uses blue light to destroy bacteria deep in the skin (from £75 per session)
- Dermalux – A gentler blue light treatment to help calm the skin if skin is very inflamed prior to other treatments ( £40 per session)
- Clenziderm – A range of Skincare from Obagi specifically designed to treat acne (from £30)
- Chemical peels – Different types depending on your skins needs , for example a TCA peel can help reduce redness and dry the spots (from £65)