Acne is an extremely common skin condition, causing oily skin, spots and blemishes, affecting the face, neck, back and chest. Often, sufferers will have excessive amount of spots, whether they are blackheads, whiteheads, papules, nodules or cysts. Acne can be very painful and result in serious acne scars. The problem is embarrassing for many people, and can cause anxiety, depression and a low self-esteem.
Acne is often linked to hormonal imbalances and changes, but can be genetic. At Skin Sense GP Clinic we have a variety of methods to reduce and treat signs of acne, such as:
- Chemical Peels
- Skin Needling
- Vampire Facials
- Creams and
- Prescription Medicine
- We also supply prescription based Obagi Medical products to help with Acne.
For reasons unknown, follicles of the skin overproduce cells sometimes resulting in them becoming blocked. Each follicle contains a hair and an oil gland which produces sebum (oil). Dirt and bacteria start to build up resulting in plugs or comedones.
- If the comedone is black, it is known as a blackhead.
- If it is white, it is known as a whitehead.
- Inflammatory acne can occur if a break occurs in the wall of the follicle.
- Pimples, papules and cysts can be formed. This can occur spontaneously or by picking or touching the skin
Types of Acne
Ice pick scars
These are a very common type of acne scarring. They give the appearance of the skin being picked with ice. They are usually less than 2mm across
These are caused by damage under the surface of the skin. They are usually wide and shallow giving a wave like appearance
These may be shallow or deep and are usually found on the cheeks or the temples. Sometimes they resemble chicken pox scars as they tend to be angular with sharp vertical edges Our clinic is Chelmsford based, although we cover a range of areas in Essex including Brentwood, Wickford, Billericay, Braintree, Basildon and Harlow.