Acne vulgaris is a common chronic condition, which affects most people at some point in their lives. The condition may be triggered by an over-responsiveness of the sebaceous glands to the effects of androgenic hormones, which results in an increase in sebum production. This sebum obstructs the follicle unit, resulting in the appearance of comedones (blackheads). The anaerobic bacterium, Propionibacterium Acnes, has an uncertain role but it is believed to colonise the comedones, resulting in inflammation then pimples and pustules.
Nearly 90% of teenagers suffer from acne, and half of them will continue to experience symptoms as adults. By age 40 years, 1% of men and 5% of women still have spots.
It accounts for 3.5 million GP consultations annually in the UK, and you may have already been down this route. Your GP or Dermatologist may recommend anti-inflammatory and antibiotic creams, antibiotic tablets or retinoid-based products. Courses of treatment can be very effective at reducing active acne and thus preventing chronic scarring. We are able to offer adjuncts to your prescribed treatment, or perhaps an alternative if you feel you have exhausted your other options. Our Clinical Director, Dr Langford, is both an Aesthetic Practitioner and a GP; and will be on hand to advise you on a treatment programme if you require further guidance.