Acne is an incredibly common skin condition that will affect most of us during our lifetime. However, despite this, misinformation regarding acne is rife. Oil glands, known as sebaceous glands, lie under the skin and produce a substance called sebum, which moves through the hair follicles and is secreted onto the skin’s surface. This process helps to remove dead skin cells, but the structures through which sebum flows are prone to blockages. These blockages are what causes acne. Non-inflammatory acne takes the form of whiteheads or blackheads, whereas inflammatory acne results in pustules and papules on the skin.

What is acne?

Teenage Acne TreatmentsAcne 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? products for oily prone skin

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.

Comprehensive treatment solutions

We also pride ourselves in offering a comprehensive acne scarring treatment. Those include chemical peels for post-acne pigmentation, IPL laser for post-acne persistent redness, microneedling and/or fractional laser resurfacing for the treatment of acne scarring.

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