Acne (also known as acne vulgaris) is a very common skin condition affecting 95% of people at some point in their lives. It causes breakouts of red spots and inflammation on the skin, and usually occurs on the face, back, or chest. Whilst it mostly affects adolescents and young adults, acne can affect people of all ages.
Fortunately, a wide range of treatments exist for controlling acne and skin inflammation. Complete a quick online consultation and order yours today.
Acne is a common skin condition that causes redness, inflammation, and spots/pimples. It typically occurs on the:
There are varying degrees of acne. Mild acne can usually be treated with a mild antiseptic wash or cream, whereas moderate to severe cases may require prescription treatments.
The majority of acne cases will disappear as you get older. However, acne sufferers have a variety of available treatments to help them feel more in control of their skin.
Acne spots form when the pores in your skin become clogged with dead skin cells or sebum (a natural oil your skin produces).
Changes in your hormones can exacerbate acne as they can cause you to produce more sebum than is necessary. Too much sebum also makes an ideal environment for certain acne-causing bacteria - which can worsen the condition of your skin.
Because of this, acne is most common in teenagers (whose hormone levels change during puberty). The menstrual cycle also plays a role in acne due to a fluctuation in hormones.
Acne symptoms will vary depending on the severity of the condition. In general, acne can be recognised as:
Redness and pimples don’t always point to acne. Sometimes acne is mistaken for other conditions, such as rosacea. Speak to a doctor or dermatologist if you’re not sure which condition is affecting your skin.
Acne can be categorised into 6 different types. These include:
These 6 types can also be categorised as either mild or severe:
Different types of acne require different treatments. For example, mild acne can be treated with a topical cream containing benzoyl peroxide. In contrast to this, severe cases may be prescribed a stronger topical cream in conjunction with an oral antibiotic (such as Lymecycline capsules and Skinoren/Epiduo gel).
In most cases, acne simply isn’t preventable. However, there are several steps you can take to prevent your acne symptoms from worsening. These include:
As there are so many different treatment options for acne, it’s important to speak with a doctor or pharmacist for advice. They can recommend a suitable option, depending on your particular symptoms.
Topical creams and gels are applied to the skin and target acne blemishes directly. Depending on the severity of your condition, you can use over-the-counter creams such as benzoyl peroxide, or a doctor can prescribe you a stronger cream.
Prescription acne creams and gels include:
Please note: Whilst benzoyl peroxide can be purchased over the counter in the form of creams/washes, some prescription creams combine it with another active ingredient, as shown above.
Most anti-acne creams are applied once or twice a day. Always follow your doctor’s instructions when using treatment.
You can also take oral antibiotics for acne if you have a doctor’s prescription. This option is usually prescribed to people with moderate to severe acne.
Antibiotics work by targeting and fighting acne-causing bacteria, which worsen acne symptoms. For acne, you can take:
In general, antibiotics for acne are taken once per day, usually in the morning. Always carefully read and follow the instructions on the patient leaflet.
For women suffering from hormonal acne (often into their late twenties and even thirties), the pill can be an excellent solution.
The pill refers to the combined oral contraceptive pill. This contains two artificial hormones: oestrogen and progesterone.
When your hormones fluctuate during your menstrual cycle, you can become prone to acne breakouts. The pill helps by keeping your hormones more stable throughout the month, which in turn helps reduce acne symptoms.
Acne scars can develop on their own, or when you pick at spots and blemishes. This mostly applies to spots that are deep within the skin, such as nodules and cysts. Mild acne doesn’t generally lead to scarring.
Treatments for acne scarring are often deemed as ‘cosmetic’ procedures as they don’t pose any risk to your health. However, having scars can be damaging to your mental health - and in some cases, the NHS can provide some of the following surgical treatments:
Consult your doctor if you have acne scarring and are considering any of the above treatments.
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