Acne is a very common and in some cases chronic skin condition that affects large numbers of people worldwide. The aim of this website is to give a greater understanding of what acne is and the options available to help treat it. In some cases acne can be quite severe and cause low self-esteem or depression, but having knowledge of the condition, the type of help available, and where to find it can eventually leave you with smoother, healthier, and more appealing looking skin.
If you think you have acne, then it will normally fall into 3 main categories; acne vulgaris which is an umbrella term covering the more common types of acne, acne rosacea, and a group of very severe forms of acne. Each type of acne in these categories has its own symptoms and characteristics, ranging from small pimples called black or whiteheads, formed from excess oil build up and trapped bacteria, to red rashes, pus filled nodules and aching joints in some cases.
None of the symptoms make pleasant reading, but in the vast majority of cases, they can be improved, or even removed altogether. There are several different types of treatment covered here, from the over-the-counter creams and chemical peels that are available on the high street, to home remedies recommended for acne, along with treatments available from GP’s, dermatologists, and hospitals. These include stronger oral and topical medications, chemical peels and dermabrasion/dermaplaning, which are surgical procedures used to remove the skin cells damaged by acne. Laser therapy is the final type of treatment covered, with details on how heat and light therapy can improve the texture and appearance of most types of acne, and acne scarring.
It’s not just about understanding acne though, it’s also about understanding your skin, and how to keep it healthy, so there’s also some skin-care and diet advice available which may help improve the condition of your skin and reduce acne breakouts. Tips include using oil free make-up, skincare products with ingredients known to help acne, and hydrating your skin by drinking plenty of water. Every acne sufferer is different though, so it’s all about taking the knowledge and advice available on-board, and adapting it to your needs and specific type of acne. Most treatments will require more than one session/application though, so patience and consistency will help achieve the best results on your skin.
Further information is readily available from your local GP, dermatologist, beauty/cosmetic practitioner, and high street chemist. Trying to remove certain types of acne yourself, or using the wrong types of treatment, will only exacerbate the problem even more, so the golden rule with acne is proceed with caution.