When it comes to skin conditions, there’s one that’s as common as it is treatable; acne. In the UK alone, the NHS estimates that up to 95% of adults under 30 are affected by acne to some extent. While that number does fall in those over 35, it’s still a marked proportion of the adult population. In this blog, the experts at our Reading skin clinic talk more about the acne skin condition, including the causes and treatments available.

What is acne?

Commonly people wrongly assume that acne is the result of poor hygiene. In reality, it’s usually caused by hormones. They can make the skin’s oil glands overproduce oil, which in turn aggravates natural bacteria on the skin and causes inflammation and pus. Hormone levels can flare up during periods, pregnancy and menopause. This is why acne can be a problem even in adulthood – and why it can strike at any time. It’s also thought there may be a genetic link, so if members of your family suffer from an acne skin condition, you may be prone to it too. Finally, there may also be a connection to your diet.

Severe cases of acne can lead to scarring. There are different types of scarring, including rolling (where the skin appears wavy and uneven due to underlying tissue), boxcar (crater-like impressions in the skin) and ice pick (resembling small puncture marks). Scarring can also seriously affect your mental health, causing conditions such as depression and anxiety.

Can acne be treated?

It’s important to realise that there is no ‘acne cure’, only acne treatment. Acne can appear on many areas of the body, such as the face, chest and back, and can and does flare up in later life. However, acne can be successfully controlled and managed through suitable treatments and products.

At our Reading skin clinic, we can put together a tailored acne treatment plan that can help control your acne. This involves:

– Exfoliating the skin cell build-up
– Reducing the levels of spot-causing bacteria
– Controlling oil production
– Helping to repair the skin
– Helping to guard against future inflammation

Finally, at home, you can try adjusting your diet, changing up your skincare routine and avoiding over-washing of the skin to support your treatment.

Our team here in Reading can help reduce the appearance of acne scarring through powerful acne treatments such as microneedling and skin peels.

  • Skin peels work to gently exfoliate away the uppermost layers of the skin, revealing the younger, smoother skin below.
  • Microneedling creates tiny micro-punctures in the skin which encourage collagen production and aid skin healing.

Simply visit our contact page for all the details. A member of our team will be in touch to secure your consultation at our Reading skin clinic. In the meantime, you can find out more about acne here and our treatments here.