What is acne?
Acne is an extremely common skin problem, more so among adolescents but can also affect adults as well. In addition to causing severe psychological stress, and pain when inflamed, the most deleterious avoidable side effect is permanent scarring.
What causes Acne?
Acne is due to many factors. In puberty, the hormones lead to clogging the pores and hyperactivity of the oil glands in the skin leading to excess oil secretions. A specific bacteria called propionibacteria acne causes inflammation.
Different kinds of Acne
Acne can be a mixture of blackheads, whiteheads, red pimples, pustules, and in severe cases excruciatingly painful and scarring cysts. However, even the mildest acne can lead to scarring and must be treated.
Why treat your acne at Dermsurge Clinic?
Dr Hiba is a pioneer in acne treatment and has given numerous lectures to the public on acne promoting awareness and advocating the need for early treatment. She always advises her acne patients young and old on appropriate skin care and what to avoid. We can provide those skincare products in the clinic to spare you the hassle of looking for them in the pharmacies.
Dr Hiba Injibar has also contributed to many online articles relating to Acne such as:
Dispelling the Myths of Acne
Expert Acne Tips
Maskne (Mask Acne) Is A Real Thing: A Dermatologist Tells Us How To Combat It
Acne and Summer: Natural Enemies or Friends?
Also check out her latest podcast with SafeAp talking about all things acne.
Acne treatment options available
All stages of acne can be treated. If your acne is mild you might be prescribed topical creams. If it is more severe you might be given tablets.
Very severe or scarring acne can be treated with a medication that can cure it ( Roaccutane or Isotretinoin). This can only be prescribed by a dermatologist and Dr Hiba treats acne patients in the NHS regularly referred by their GPs for Roaccutane after having failed the basic treatment.
Isotretinoin has the advantage of curing acne in 75% of the patients who take it. Prescribing Roaccutane requires a thorough examination and history taking to find out if you are a suitable candidate for the treatment, baseline blood tests, consent forms, and contraception in women of childbearing age because of its high damage to the fetus.