What is acne?
Acne is a skin disease that involves the oil glands at the base of hair follicles. The glands make an oily fluid called sebum that carries the dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. When the glands get clogged up, a pimple grows. The sebaceous (oil) glands come to life when a person reaches puberty, which is why acne commonly affects teenagers (although an estimated 80 percent of all people between the ages of 11 and 30 have acne outbreaks at some point).
Most pimples are found on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders.
Unfortunately acne can cause quite significant scarring which can affect your confidence.
There are several types of acne scar:
- Box car scars:
Scars that look like a cube has been cut out of the skin. They usually occur on the temple and cheeks, and can be either surface or deep, these are similar to chickenpox scars.
- Rolling scars:
Scars that give the skin a wave-like appearance.
- Hypertrophic scars:
Thickened, raised scars or Keloid scars (woody, pink shiny scar).
- Ice pick scars:
Deep holes, that are a common form of scarring, but are the most difficult to treat.
What treatments are available to treat acne and acne scars?
The procedure we use to treat you will depend on the severity of your condition and what our doctors and surgeons believe will get you the best results.
THE TREATMENTS WE OFFER ARE:
It is quite likely that we will recommend a course of treatment to first address any active acne, and then improve the appearance of any scars that are left behind. It is worth bearing in mind that unfortunately nothing will get rid of your scars completely - the aim is to improve the look of the scar to make you feel more confident.
What is the next step?
The next step to treat your acne and acne scars is to book a consultation with our doctor. At the time of booking, you will need to pay a small deposit to secure the Doctor's time, but this is redeemable against any treatment you have. At your consultation, the doctor will discuss all of the different options above and examine your scars to see what treatments will work best for you. Treatments vary depending on the severity of the scars and their location.