Everything you need to know.

Acne continues to blight people’s lives despite the availability of excellent treatments. For many acne is a passing nuisance but for others the disease leaves significant scarring which can cause great concerns. 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.

Alternative names: acne vulgaris, acne rosacea, nodulocystic acne, folliculitis, cysts, pimples, boils, furuncles, blemishes, spots, zits, blackheads, whiteheads, comedones.

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What causes acne?

Acne is caused by a combination of overactive grease-glands, hormones and bacterial infection. As with most skin conditions, acne can affect your confidence and cause low self-esteem. It can also leave scarring.


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What are the symptoms/types of acne?

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.


What acne treatments are available?

We offer a range of treatments specifically for those who suffer from acne or acne scars. Our Dermatologists will advise on the most appropriate option for you. Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the UK, and we know how much acne and acne scars can damage self-confidence.

We pride ourselves on our successful and comprehensive range of treatments where people have the ability to choose what’s best for them and gain that confidence back.

Very often it is appropriate to adopt a wait and see policy as natural healing processes will often resolve many concerns but when necessary we can offer surgical scar revision for particularly deep, depressed or irregular scars, intralesional steroid injections for hypertrophic or keloidal scars.


We also offer Laser treatment to reduce post inflammatory redness, fractional resurfacing to improve uneven skin texture and intradermal fillers for soft edged, stretchable scars.

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. Our philosophy is to explain the treatments options in your case and help you to decide the best programme for you.

Acne treatments we offer include:

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Frequently asked questions

How long does acne last?

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.

What can I do if I have acne?

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.

Who's affected?

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 5% of women and 1% of men have acne over the age of 25.

Is Acne caused by poor hygiene?

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.

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