Acne is a common skin condition that affects most people at some point. It causes spots, oily skin and sometimes skin that’s hot or painful to touch. Acne can range from mild (e.g. blackheads, whiteheads and some papules or pustules) to more severe (e.g. large nodules or cysts)
Mild cases can be self- treated.
How to care for your acne
- Wash the affected area with a mild cleanser or soap
- Do not try to ‘clean out’ blackheads or squeeze spots. This can make them worse and cause permanent scarring.
- Avoid using too much make-up and cosmetics. Use water-based products that are described as non-comedogenic (this means the product is less likely to block the pores in your skin).
- Completely remove make-up before going to bed.
- For dry skin, use a fragrance-free, water-based emollient.
What are my treatment options?
Acnecide contains the active ingredient benzoyl peroxide which attacks bacteria on the skin, one of the main causes of acne. Patients should consult a trained member of staff for the full instructions for use.
Quinoderm has also antibacterial action and contains the active ingredients chlorhexidine digluconate and mytrimonium bromide. Quinoderm can be used by both children and adults. It is effective as a cleansing facewash for spot-prone skin along with its antibacterial action. This dual action helps eliminate the excess oil and leaves the skin clean and refreshed. It is also antibacterial, targeting P.acnes and other bacteria which can lead to spots.
We also offer a range of skincare products which help reduce acne breakouts.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar range is dermatologically approved and recommended by consultants. The Effaclar range can be used in conjunction with prescription and over the counter acne treatments.
Vichy Normaderm has also been shown to have powerful, anti-blemish moisturising effects, proven to target imperfections and to reduce the appearance of pores and blemishes.
Acne Out kit consists of a lotion, soap and cream the 3 step process targets bacteria which causes breakouts and leaves you with a clearer complexion.
When should I seek medical advice?
Even mild cases of acne can cause distress. If your acne is making you feel very unhappy or you feel you cannot control your acne, a member of our healthcare team would be happy to assist you in choosing some over the counter treatments.
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