Treating Acne and Acne Scars.
Everything you need to know.
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. 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.
If you have already tried over the counter remedies and spoken to your pharmacist for advice on acne treatment or acne scar treatment, but your acne is still causing you problems, we can help. Our dermatology experts at Stratum Dermatology Clinics have a wealth of experience in the management of all types of acne in both children and adults, as well as the assessment and treatment of acne scarring.
We help hundreds of patients each month and we pride ourselves on our successful and comprehensive range of treatments, allowing you to choose what’s best for you to clear your skin and regain your confidence. During your consultation, our dermatologists will advise on the most appropriate acne treatment option for you. Book a consultation with our acne experts at one of our clinics in Harley Street, Oxford, Canterbury, Cheltenham, Manchester or Wimbledon and Raynes Park.
What does acne treatment do?
There are a wide range of acne treatments available depending on the severity and location of your acne. We will often recommend a staged approach over a period of time, where each stage will produce an incremental enhancement which together will produce a worthwhile, sustained improvement. Your expert dermatology consultant will explain all of your treatment options and help you to decide the best programme for you.
The first line of treatment is usually to suppress the inflammation until the acne disappears as very often acne will get better itself as part of the natural healing process. Treatment may involve lotions or tablets such as antibiotics or hormone suppression in the form of a contraceptive pill for females. These treatments work by either reducing the number of bacteria on the skin or removing dead skin cells which help to unblock hair follicles which have become plugged. These treatments can take a couple of months before results are seen so it is important to be patient and follow the treatment course even if no immediate results are visible.
In more severe, chronic cases of acne, stronger medications can bring excellent results with a good chance of permanent resolution. In these cases, scarring can also become a feature. At Stratum Dermatology Clinics we offer a range of treatments to help not only the acne, but also acne scars. Microdermabrasion and chemical peels both work to gently remove the outer layer of the skin to stimulate new skin growth which helps to reduce oil, unblock pores, reduce blackheads and minimise acne breakouts. Laser treatments and IPL can be used to kill bacteria in the skin, and to reduce the production of sebum from the sebaceous glands in the skin which cause acne. Fractional laser resurfacing can also be used to treat the scars which acne leaves behind. Medical skin needling using the skin pen or dermaroller treat acne scars through stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, resulting in smoother skin after treatment.
During your consultation, all your treatment options will be discussed and your dermatologist will advise on the most suitable treatment for you.
”I am so pleased that I chose to treat my acne at Stratum. The procedure was quick, easy and painless and my skin is now perfectly clear - I feel a million times more confident!A patientHad microdermabrasion treatment
Frequently asked questions
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.