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Acne Treatment

Acne vulgaris is one of the most frequently treated illnesses in dermatology practice. It is primarily an illness of the sebaceous gland follicles, which are located predominantly on the face, back and chest. At first, they create non-inflammatory blackheads, but later a series of inflammatory lesions such as papules, pustules and lumps can also develop.

This “common acne” is caused by increased androgen levels during puberty and subsides when the patient enters their thirties at the latest.

Acne inversa

A less common and more severe disease is acne inversa. It is an illness of skin appendages that starts in the sebaceous glands and has a secondary effect on the apocrine perspiratory glands. Areas particularly susceptible including axilla and the groin-pubic region, up to and including the gluteal region. It affects the back and stomach less frequently and very rarely affects otherwise typical acne regions, such as the face.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Acne is most commonly linked to the changes in hormone levels during puberty, but can start at any age.
Certain hormones cause the grease-producing glands next to hair follicles in the skin to produce larger amounts of oil (abnormal sebum). This abnormal sebum changes the activity of a usually harmless skin bacterium called P. acnes, which becomes more aggressive and causes inflammation and pus.
The hormones also thicken the inner lining of the hair follicle, causing blockage of the pores (opening of the hair follicles). Cleaning the skin doesn't help to remove this blockage.

Other possible causes

Acne is known to be hereditary. If both your mother and father had acne, it's likely that you'll also have acne.
Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during the menstrual cycle or pregnancy, can also lead to episodes of acne in women. Steroids can also cause acne to develop.
There's no evidence that diet or poor hygiene cause acne.

Although you may feel like you want to wash the skin serevral times a day this is not adviseable. Twice a day would be adviseable. Excessively cleaning the skin could cause dryness, your skin may then begin to produce more oil, which will them leads to more spots.
There are six main types of spot caused by acne:

Blackheads – small black or yellowish bumps that develop on the skin; they're not filled with dirt, but are black because the inner lining of the hair follicle produces pigmentation (colouring)
Whiteheads – have a similar appearance to blackheads, but may be firmer and won't empty when squeezed
Papules – small red bumps that may feel tender or sore
Pustules – similar to papules, but have a white tip in the centre, caused by a build-up of pus
Nodules – large hard lumps that build up beneath the surface of the skin and can be painful
Cysts – the most severe type of spot caused by acne; they're large pus-filled lumps that look similar to boils and carry the greatest risk of causing permanent scarring
Although acne can't be cured, it can be controlled with treatment, products and/or medication.
Treatment will depend on the severity of your acne, length of time suffered and also what previos treatments or medications have been previously tried. Even mild cases of acne can cause distress. If your acne is making you feel very unhappy, we are to help.

We can support you through your journey of treatment. Whether it be laser, peels, or medication.