Broadgate Clinic London Wall offers treatments for Acne. If you live and/or work in London, these treatments can be obtained from the private walkin services we offer without having to make a prior appointment.
Acne is a common skin infection that typically manifests itself in teenagers and young adults. In general, approximately 80% of people from the ages of 11 to 30 will develop Acne. It is most prevalent in girls between the ages of 14 and 17, and in boys, between the ages of 16 and 19.
In many instances Acne disappears as victims age; often as they reach their mid-twenties. However approximately 5% of women and 1% of men will suffer from Acne beyond their 25th year.
The Psychological side effects of Acne
One of the biggest problems with Acne is its psychological side-effects. Because facial Acne is so unsightly, it can cause victims to lose self confidence and self esteem, particularly in young women who go to great lengths to look after their skins.
The spots that manifest themselves during an Acne outbreak (or “flare-up”) vary from blackheads to whiteheads, usually appearing on the face, the back, and the chest. They may also contain some quite deep, angry looking pus-filled pustules and cysts, which if left untreated, may result in long-term scarring.
How Acne “flare-ups” begin
An Acne “flare-up” is caused when hair follicles become blocked. They are blocked by a substance known as sebum; a substance which the sebaceous glands secrete to lubricate the hair that grows from each follicle. Where the blocked follicle is located just beneath the skin, it balloons out causing a whitehead to form. Where the blocked follicle is on the skin surface it creates a blackhead.
What happens next is that the bacteria that live on the surface of the skin (that are normally quite harmless) then infect the blocked follicles, creating cysts, papules, and pustules.
Teenage Acne flare-ups are triggered by hormone imbalance
Teenage Acne is believed to be caused by a hormone imbalance, particularly involving the hormone testosterone. While testosterone is normally associated with males, where it stimulates the development of the sexual organs; in females it is associated with developing muscle and bone integrity.
Female adult Acne
Over 80% of cases of adult Acne affect women. One again, the thought behind this statistic is that the Acne is caused by hormone imbalance. Women are particularly vulnerable to this brought about by:
- Menstruation – some women experience a flare-up prior to the commencement of a period
- Pregnancy – women often suffer from Acne during the early months of pregnancy
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – a condition that causes weight gain, and small cysts developing inside the ovaries.
Other possible causes of Acne
Other possible causes of Acne can include things like:
- Items worn next to the skin
Acne is primarily in inflammatory condition, and the more you can do to treat the inflammation the better the chances of treating and reducing the Acne. There are many products that can be brought over the counter at most good pharmacies. However, as many sufferers will know only too well, many of these products offer little by way of permanent relief or cure.
If you have persistent Acne, you are better going to your GP; or if you live and/or work here in London, popping in to Broadgate Clinic London Wall for one of our walkin GP consultations.
Acne self-help tips
Before we talk about the Acne treatments we offer here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall, it’s worth just going over some self-help tips.
- Don’t wash affected areas of skin more than twice per day
- Only ever use a mild skin cleanser or soap, with lukewarm water
- Never squeeze the spots. This may cause permanent scarring
- Use as little by way of cosmetics as possible, and only used water based products
- Remove all traces of cosmetics before going to bed
- If you have dry skin, use a non-fragrant, water based emollient
- Wash hair regularly, and if possible prevent it falling over your face
When you visit Broadgate Clinic London Wall, the specialist doctor you have your consultation with will examine your Acne to determine its type and severity. He/she may recommend some standard products that can be brought over the counter from our in-house pharmacy.
If the doctor you see determines that you need a stronger treatment, he/she may prescribe one or a combination of the following:
- Azelaic acid
- Antibiotic tablets
- Isotretinoin tablets
- The combined oral contraceptive pill
- Topically applied retinoid cream
- Topically applied antibiotic cream
Acne treatments that work from Broadgate Clinic London Wall
Getting rid of Acne is no easy thing to do without professional, medical help. If you live and/or work in London, you can get that help here at our private walkin clinic at Broadgate Clinic London Wall. In order to manage your expectations however you should be aware that there is no “quick fix.” Treatments can take several months to work, but work, they will.