Is acne having a negative impact on your life? Is it damaging your self-confidence?
Don’t worry, we’re here to help.
We like to be honest about what we believe is the best course of treatment. Is there an absolute cure for acne? Unfortunately, no. But our experts are passionate about improving and controlling the symptoms so you can live your life without worrying about your skin.
Treating acne is often a long journey that can take its toll on your confidence, but our aim is to get you to a place where you’re happy with the way your skin looks. We’re here for you every step of the way.
Is all acne treatable?
Yes, we help patients with all types of acne, ranging from mild and moderate to severe. The treatment we offer you will depend on the severity of your acne. But even if you’re thinking, “Isn’t my acne too severe to do anything about?”, we have expert doctors who are able to prescribe medication and conduct treatment.
Why do I get acne spots occasionally?
Spots are usually caused by hormonal changes in your body. The hormones that cause spots are called androgens, which are really male hormones, but both men and woman have these androgens circulating in their bodies. The androgen levels vary during female monthly cycles and also increase in response to other stimuli, such as stress and certain medications including some oral contraceptive pills. It has been shown that varying levels of stress provokes acne spots. One study of female university students revealed they had more spots after the stress of end of term exams, however, it may take several weeks for the spots to show themselves after periods of stress.
Do I have more male hormones when I am menstruating or when I am stressed?
Yes the levels of male hormones increase compared to your levels of oestrogen during the menstrual cycle. These increase just shortly before you start menstruating, which is why you tend to get extra acne spots in the few days before the end of the cycle. With some oral contraceptive pills that are low in oestrogen, the male hormones are more active again, causing spots.
Why does squeezing spots make them worse even if I am scrupulously clean with hand-washing?
Spots contain mainly acne bacteria. If you squeeze the spots this tends to force the acne bacteria into the surrounding skin where it may cause more redness and inflammation and often a much larger spot than you had in the first place. So resist squeezing, and instead apply a spot gel up to four times a day.
There are four causes of acne – but what are they?
Our clinic has a variety of treatments to help acne sufferers to end the frustration and to help prevent the permanent scarring that untreated inflamed acne can result in. Each individual case will be dealt with separately so it is best to visit us for a full consultation .
Our doctors will advise patients on how to best care for acne prone skin and may prescribe topical treatments containing benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, antibiotics and etc . Prescription only medicines, one of which is considered a last resort by many and has good success rates when all else fails. Other treatments can include laser therapy . Our doctors are keen to know what you have already tried so that they can personalise a treatment plan for your needs.
Acne sufferers need to seek treatment as soon as possible when acne is inflamed to help prevent permanent scarring of affected areas.