Acne: Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

Skin Analysis
15 Sep 2014

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Acne treatments

The main aim of acne treatment, is to inhibit sebum production and limit bacterial growth. This is achieved by encouraging the shedding of skin cells and unclogging of pores. Whilst acne can?t be cured, it can in most cases, be effectively managed. Some treatments are available over the counter from pharmacies, whilst others are only available on prescription.

What causes acne?
There are a number of reasons why acne occurs, although the most common is due to a change in hormones. Examples of this include puberty, pre-menstruation and pre-menopause. These hormonal shifts cause an overproduction of oil and cells, inside the skin follicles. The opening of the pore then becomes blocked, resulting in the follicle beneath swelling.

Why does acne only affect some people?
It is unclear why some people are more prone to acne than others. Some researchers believe that genetics play a part, and that acne can be inherited from parents. In addition, there are some medicines which can also cause acne to appear.

What does acne look like?
There are many different forms of acne from whiteheads and blackheads to papules, pustules and nodules. At its worst, it can also present itself as cysts.

What treatments are available?
There are a number of different treatments available. It is however, important that those that suffer from acne, take care before embarking on any new treatments. Not only can trying a new treatment have side effects, it can make the acne even worse. Those that have more severe, persistent acne should seek the advice of a qualified dermatologist.

Non-prescription treatment
Simply using soap and water, twice daily, can help remove excess oils and improve the ?oily skin? often associated with acne.
For mild cases, sufferers can also be recommended non-prescriptive medication containing benzoyl peroxide. Designed to kill the bacteria, and prevent dead skin from clogging up the pores, it is available in a number of different forms.

Alternative treatments
Many conventional medical and over-the-counter treatments, can however, be quite harsh on the skin. It is highly recommended, that those considering an alternative, look at what acne treatment London has to offer. Whilst dermatologists can be found in all major cities, some of the most renowned, are based in London?s famous medical district.
UVB Light Treatments, Natural Mud Therapies and 100% natural, high performing, medicinal plant based products, are just some of the non-conventional forms of acne treatment London has available.

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