Acne Treatments London

What is acne?

Acne is a common skin condition that affects many teenagers and young adults. It is rarer, but can occur in children and older adults

If you have acne, your skin becomes very spotty. The spots mainly affect the face and neck, but they can also break out on your chest and back. Acne is, however, completely different to the normal crop of spots that affect all but the very few lucky adolescents.

Diagnosing acne

Acne is defined by the appearance of three specific types of spot, all of which must be present for a diagnosis of acne to be made:

  • Pustules: spots that are filled with pus. These look red around the edge and then yellow in the centre and can burst and release the pus. Squeezing pustules causes further skin damage and spreads the bacteria that cause infection.
  • Pimples: these are the pre-runners of pustules. The skin looks red and has a distinct lump, but no pus-filled head.
  • Comedones: this is a collective term for blackheads and whiteheads, which are blocked hair follicles. Whiteheads are covered by a layer of skin, blackheads are open pores full of debris.

Acne is a skin condition that is affected by hormonal changes, which is why it is so common around puberty. Young people with severe acne should seek advice and treatment as prompt therapy can reduce the scarring that can then persist into adult life.

If you have acne but have had no success with over-the-counter products then it is probably time for you to visit an acne clinic. At the Cedars Dermatology Clinic we can assess the severity of your acne and recommend the treatments that are most likely to help your condition.

Acne treatments

Acne treatments fall into the following categories:

  • Topical treatments: usually creams or gels applied directly to the affected skin
  • Oral antibiotics: antibiotics in the form of pills that you will need to swallow each day for the required time period.
  • Oral contraceptive pills or other hormone-modulating tablets: these can control the fluctuations in hormone levels that can cause acne flare ups.
  • Isotretinoin capsules: these are used only in very severe cases and when the acne does not respond to other treatments.
  • Chemical peels: Half a dozen chemical peel treatments have been shown to reduce acne breakouts by about 50% and this can be considered in very severe cases.
  • Photodynamic therapy: this involves adding a cream to the affected area that contains a light sensitive drug. Application of strong light activates the drug, which then acts on sebaceous glands and rapidly dividing skin cells to reduce oil production and spots.

Your acne treatment plan

When you seek acne treatment at the Cedars Dermatology Clinic in London, one of our expert dermatologists will assess your acne and then discuss possible treatment strategies with you.

Once your plan has been agreed, it is important that you stick to the treatments as described. There is no quick-fix for acne; treatment is often required over weeks or months and it is important to be consistent.

Acne scar treatments

If you have had acne in the past and it is no longer active but you are troubled by the physical acne scars, we can offer a programme of laser treatments and surgical treatments to reduce their appearance significantly.

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Consultant Dermatologists Nisith Sheth and Anjali Mahto outline the symptoms and effects of acne in both young people and adults, and explain the treatment options available.

Cedars Dermatology Clinic are a leading group skin and dermatology specialists based in Central London. Cedars offers comprehensive medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology care. They are specialists in dealing with moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children.

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 3:29   ChannelCedars Dermatology Clinic London PlaylistAcne  

[What is acne?]
Acne is a very common skin problem that most people have probably suffered at some point in their lives. It can show up as a few spots on the face, neck, back or chest but, in severe cases, can cause deep scarring in the skin. Sadly, though, it can be mentally scarring too. Severe acne, especially on the face, can obviously have a massive impact on self-esteem and self-confidence. It can really limit how you enjoy your life and, having personally suffered from acne since the age of 12, I know only too well how distressing its effects are. But it can be treated, and the key point is that if you're suffering from it, it's really important to seek professional help as early as possible to prevent permanent scarring.
[Who gets acne?]
Acne is not just a teenage problem. Although it usually begins during puberty, it can actually occur at any age, sometimes developing for the first time in people in their 20s or 30s. In fact, cases of adult acne are becoming much more common, although we don't know as yet why this is.
There are multiple causes of acne, including genetics, hormonal factors, lifestyle and diet. For example, there's emerging evidence that an excess of refined carbohydrates in your diet can promote acne, and some body building supplements can also contain hormones that contribute. It's a pretty complex picture and the key point is that every person's circumstances are unique. So at Cedars we tailor each treatment plan to you and your individual requirements.
[What can I do to combat acne?]
There is a wide range of treatments for acne. These include creams and gels, antibiotics, hormonal therapies and isotretinoin. Alongside these are non-medicinal approaches, including light and laser treatments and chemical peels. For most people with mild cases of acne, over-the-counter medications such as benzoyl peroxide can be adequate. However, for more complex and stubborn cases, your consultant dermatologist has the expertise to determine the best treatment for you and your skin type.
We at Cedars we have access to the fully comprehensive suite of cutting-edge treatments. Our dermatologists are leaders in providing the innovative combinations that will best combat your acne.
[Are the treatments anything to worry about?]
Now, you may be worried about using some stronger acne treatments such as antibiotics or Accutane, but these medications in the expert hands of a consultant dermatologist can be highly effective in treating acne with minimal potential side effects.
We at Cedars take a holistic approach to the well-being of our patients, and our team partners with allied health professionals such as psychologists to offer the full spectrum of support.
[Can I improve acne scarring on my skin?]
The scarring that may be left behind by acne can be as distressing as the acne itself and many people believe there's nothing that can be done about it. However, there are many different treatments that can improve the scarring, including chemical peels, micro-needling, laser treatment and surgery. So if you suffer from acne don't suffer in silence. You have plenty of options to combat it. Our dermatological expertise at Cedars is world class and we're here to help you be happy again with your skin.

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Cedars Dermatology Clinic are a leading group skin and dermatology specialists based in Central London. Cedars offers comprehensive medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology care. They are specialists in dealing with moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children. Read full bio view less


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Consultant Dermatologist Anjali Mahto discusses how to deal with acne. Whether it's a mild or stubborn case, there are various medicinal and non-medicinal approaches available.

Cedars Dermatology Clinic are a leading group skin and dermatology specialists based in Central London. Cedars offers comprehensive medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology care. They are specialists in dealing with moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children.

http://www.cedarsderm.co.uk

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 0:42   ChannelCedars Dermatology Clinic London PlaylistAcne  

There is a wide range of treatments for acne. These include creams and gels, antibiotics, hormonal therapies and isotretinoin. Alongside these are non-medicinal approaches, including light and laser treatments and chemical peels. For most people with mild cases of acne, over-the-counter medications such as benzoyl peroxide can be adequate. However, for more complex and stubborn cases, your consultant dermatologist has the expertise to determine the best treatment for you and your skin type.
We at Cedars we have access to the fully comprehensive suite of cutting-edge treatments. Our dermatologists are leaders in providing the innovative combinations that will best combat your acne.

read more view less

Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Consultant Dermatologist
Anjali is a Consultant Dermatologist at the London North West Hospitals NHS Trust where she is also lead for paediatric dermatology services and dermatology clinical governance. She is a spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation. She is quoted in the national press on a range of skin issues. She has trained at some of UK's leading teaching hospitals including Imperial College Healthcare and the Royal Free Hospital. She is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and has presented at national and international conferences. She is happy to consult on any skin, hair and nail disorders in adults or children. Read full bio view less


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Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
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London based Consultant Dermatologist Anjali Mahto explains the symptoms and effects of acne, including the issue of scarring in severe cases and the mental impact the condition can also cause.

Cedars Dermatology Clinic are a leading group skin and dermatology specialists based in Central London. Cedars offers comprehensive medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology care. They are specialists in dealing with moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children.

http://www.cedarsderm.co.uk

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 0:43   ChannelCedars Dermatology Clinic London PlaylistAcne  

Acne is a very common skin problem that most people have probably suffered at some point in their lives. It can show up as a few spots on the face, neck, back or chest but, in severe cases, can cause deep scarring in the skin. Sadly, though, it can be mentally scarring too. Severe acne, especially on the face, can obviously have a massive impact on self-esteem and self-confidence. It can really limit how you enjoy your life and, having personally suffered from acne since the age of 12, I know only too well how distressing its effects are. But it can be treated, and the key point is that if you're suffering from it, it's really important to seek professional help as early as possible to prevent permanent scarring.

read more view less

Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Consultant Dermatologist
Anjali is a Consultant Dermatologist at the London North West Hospitals NHS Trust where she is also lead for paediatric dermatology services and dermatology clinical governance. She is a spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation. She is quoted in the national press on a range of skin issues. She has trained at some of UK's leading teaching hospitals including Imperial College Healthcare and the Royal Free Hospital. She is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and has presented at national and international conferences. She is happy to consult on any skin, hair and nail disorders in adults or children. Read full bio view less


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Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)

Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
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Anjali Mahto, a Consultant Dermatologist based in London, talks about the different treatments available to improve the appearance of skin that is affected by acne scars.

Cedars Dermatology Clinic are a leading group skin and dermatology specialists based in Central London. Cedars offers comprehensive medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology care. They are specialists in dealing with moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children.

http://www.cedarsderm.co.uk

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 0:31   ChannelCedars Dermatology Clinic London PlaylistAcne  

The scarring that may be left behind by acne can be as distressing as the acne itself and many people believe there's nothing that can be done about it. However, there are many different treatments that can improve the scarring, including chemical peels, micro-needling, laser treatment and surgery. So if you suffer from acne don't suffer in silence. You have plenty of options to combat it. Our dermatological expertise at Cedars is world class and we're here to help you be happy again with your skin.

read more view less

Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Consultant Dermatologist
Anjali is a Consultant Dermatologist at the London North West Hospitals NHS Trust where she is also lead for paediatric dermatology services and dermatology clinical governance. She is a spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation. She is quoted in the national press on a range of skin issues. She has trained at some of UK's leading teaching hospitals including Imperial College Healthcare and the Royal Free Hospital. She is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and has presented at national and international conferences. She is happy to consult on any skin, hair and nail disorders in adults or children. Read full bio view less


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Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)

Cedars Dermatology Clinic
Cedars Dermatology Clinic
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London based Consultant Dermatologists Nisith Sheth and Anjali Mahto discuss how acne is not only a problem affecting teenagers, with suggestions about why it may occur in adulthood.

Cedars Dermatology clinic are a leading group skin and dermatology specialists based in Central London. Cedars offers comprehensive medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology care. They are specialists in dealing with moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children.

http://www.cedarsderm.co.uk

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 0:45   ChannelCedars Dermatology Clinic London PlaylistAcne  

Acne is not just a teenage problem. Although it usually begins during puberty, it can actually occur at any age, sometimes developing for the first time in people in their 20s or 30s. In fact, cases of adult acne are becoming much more common, although we don't know as yet why this is.
There are multiple causes of acne, including genetics, hormonal factors, lifestyle and diet. For example, there's emerging evidence that an excess of refined carbohydrates in your diet can promote acne, and some body building supplements can also contain hormones that contribute. It's a pretty complex picture and the key point is that every person's circumstances are unique. So at Cedars we tailor each treatment plan to you and your individual requirements.

read more view less

Cedars Dermatology Clinic
Cedars Dermatology Clinic
Cedars Dermatology Clinic are a leading group skin and dermatology specialists based in Central London. Cedars offers comprehensive medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology care. They are specialists in dealing with moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children. Read full bio view less


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Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
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Consultant Dermatologist Nisith Sheth talks about the way the Cedars Dermatology Clinic uses acne medications (if needed) alongside other treatments and how they approach the issue of side effects.

Cedars Dermatology Clinic are a leading group skin and dermatology specialists based in Central London. Cedars offers comprehensive medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology care. They are specialists in dealing with moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children.

http://www.cedarsderm.co.uk

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 0:25   ChannelCedars Dermatology Clinic London PlaylistAcne  

Now, you may be worried about using some stronger acne treatments such as antibiotics or Accutane, but these medications in the expert hands of a consultant dermatologist can be highly effective in treating acne with minimal potential side effects.
We at Cedars take a holistic approach to the well-being of our patients, and our team partners with allied health professionals such as psychologists to offer the full spectrum of support.

read more view less

Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Consultant Dermatologist
Nisith is a Consultant in the Dermatology Surgery and Laser Unit of St John's Institute of Dermatology. He trained in the UK, Canada and the USA. He sees and treats all skin conditions. Nisith receives referrals from GPs and other specialists for his opinion on managing common and rare skin problems and complications following cosmetic procedures. He is invited to give lectures at the specialty conferences and advises the media and legal profession on a range of skin topics. Nisith sits on the boards of a number of national and European committees, including ones for the British Cosmetic Dermatology Group and the Royal College of Surgeons, that set standards for practice and training. He has represented dermatology patients' interests to government committees on cosmetic training and safety. Read full bio view less


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Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
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