Our dermatology consultants at Skin55 are experts at treating acne. Whether you are school age or into adulthood, have hormonal issues or want to address scarring, we are able to help.
All our dermatologists are on the Specialist Register of the GMC and all hold, or have held, full NHS consultant dermatologist posts.
Which treatment is right for me?
This is the key to success. Only a specialist dermatologist can assess your skin and your general medical health to determine the appropriate treatment for you . For your acne, this will depend on several factors:
- Is you acne inflammatory - with pus spots and nodules?
- Is your acne mainly pore blockage (whiteheads and blackheads) - comedonal acne?
- Are you getting scars?
- Are you getting increased pigmentation?
- Is your acne worse with menstruation (females)?
- Do you have a medical condition which predisposes you to acne?
The answers to these and other questions will help guide how your treatment is chosen. It may be that you start off on one treatment but change over time as your dermatologist learns how you respond to treatment.
Treatments for acne include:
- Medicated face washes
- Benzoyl peroxide creams
- Retinoic acid creams
- Antibiotic creams
- Combination creams - mixtures of antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and retinoids
For some patients, medications taken by mouth (oral treatment) may be more appropriate:
- Contraceptive pills (certain types only)
- Antibiotic tablets
- Isotretinoin (Roaccutane) tablets
Laser and Chemical Peels for Acne
Although lasers and peels are commonly used for acne scarring, they can be used to treat inflammatory acne itself. As dermatologists, we tend to use these treatments in patients who cannot have standard treatments or oral isotretinoin.
- Erbium:Glass (ICON 1540nm) laser
- Sebacia acne treatment system with gold particles
- Pulsed dye laser (585-595nm)
- Salicyclic acid peels
Your suitability for such treatment can be considered when you attend for a consultation.
Will I need any special tests?
Acne can be diagnosed by the appearance of your skin, by an expert dermatologist. However, sometimes blood tests regarding hormonal conditions may be necessary or sometimes you need blood or urine tests prior to treatment, such as with isotretinoin. Female patients who might have polycystic ovarian syndrome may need an ultrasound of the ovaries. Any tests will be discussed with you at the time of the consultation. If you think you have had these tests recently, please bring copies of the results with you for your appointment.
What should I do next?
If you would like to have an individual assessment of your acne and your treatment options, the best thing is to book in to see a dermatologist. We will explore the history of your acne and your medical history: it would help if you could bring a list of all your previous acne treatments.