Effects of Acne
Did you know that acne will affect at least 95% of UK citizens at some point during their life? According to the NHS, acne affects approximately 95% of people aged 11 to 30 in the UK. The most common demographics for acne are:
- Females between the ages of 14 and 17
- Males between the ages of 16 and 19
While teenagers may be more prone to develop acne, for many who suffer from acne, it can linger far into adulthood.
The most common locations for acne to show up on the skin is:
- Face (affects almost 100% of those with acne)
- Body (affects over 50% of those with acne)
- Chest (affects around 15% of those with acne)
The exciting news is that acne is absolutely treatable.
Living with Acne
Although most people associate acne conditions with teenagers and young adults, it can rear its ugly head at any stage of life. Acne can be experienced by the young and old alike. Neither children nor mature adults are immune to its effects.
Many people live with acne at some point. For some, acne manifests suddenly, appearing upon previously flawless skin. This may be due to multiple factors. For others, acne has been a long-time (unwanted) companion. Some have battled acne for so long, they have given up the fight in trying to tame it.
To properly treat acne, it is first important to understand what can cause it.
Causes of Acne
Many factors can contribute to the appearance of acne. However, the three main causes of acne are:
- Too much sebum (oil)
- Acne-causing bacteria on the skin
- Clogged pores
Several factors can aggravate the main three causes of acne. These factors can include hormonal changes, stress, and lifestyle elements. For example, stress can actually impact sebum production. However, at acne’s core are the three main causes listed above.
Acne can be an incredibly frustrating skin condition.
However, it does not have to be. There are steps you can take to live acne free.
One of the best steps you can take toward an acne free life is to be seen by a professional. Regarding treatment, earlier is better. The earlier your acne is treated, the less chance you will have of retaining acne scars. However, it is never too late to seek treatment for your acne or other skin conditions.
Available Acne and Skin Treatments
Acne is often confused with other skin conditions. Hence, one of the very first steps to acne treatment is a proper diagnosis. When you arrive for your consultation, first we will explore your related history, including medical, psychological, lifestyle, gynaecological (if appropriate), and skincare histories.
Once a diagnosis has been made, I will create a detailed acne management plan. This plan will include potential medical treatments, lifestyle recommendations, and a skin care plan.
In some cases, I will offer treatment that is not available from your GP. This may include:
- Isotretinoin (better known as Roaccutane / Accutane)
- Or other specialised topical treatments.
Some treatment plans include laser or IPL acne treatment. These laser treatments are generally associated with acne scar removal. However, it can also be used toward the removal of acne in general. Laser treatment can be used in the treatment of inflammation and blockages. IPL treatment can be ideal for patients who cannot receive other skin treatments.
Acne Berkshire – Acne Treatment, NHS
There is an underlying link between the human psyche and our skin. If our eyes are the windows to our soul, then our skin must be the curtains.
This is where the practice of psychodermatology comes into play.
As a psychodermatologist, I take a holistic approach to my clients’ skin and acne treatments, treating the mind and skin together. This approach helps to ensure the most straightforward and appropriate treatment plan for each unique case.
If you would like to book an in-person acne or skin consultation, I offer three clinic locations in the Berkshire area:
- The Bridge Clinic
- The Circle Reading Hospital
- London Skin and Hair Clinic
During the pandemic, I offer non clinic consultations via online video consultations.
Children, teenagers, and adults of all ages have used my services. I see self-pay patients as well as patients covered by all major UK insurers.
Book a consultation with me today.