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    Is my acne permanent?

    Acne itself is not permanent and can often be controlled through a few different types of treatments and lifestyle changes. Whilst it tends to go away for a lot of people in their twenties, for some others it can be a little longer and they usually have to seek out some form of treatment.

    Let me explain acne in a bit more detail for you

    Acne can run in families, however many acne sufferers do not have acne-prone relatives. Most acne is most likely caused by a combination of genetic, hormonal, and lifestyle factors (such as nutrition, stress, and skincare products).

    How do you identify the sort of acne you have?

    Acne is characterised by greasy skin, blackheads, whiteheads, red patches, and pus-filled pimples. Larger, deeper bumps (known as nodules) or cysts (which mimic boils) may appear on occasion. Skin that has been affected may feel hot, uncomfortable, and tender to the touch.

    Acne can leave scars or blemishes on the skin, especially if nodules and cysts are present. Hypertrophic or keloid scars are high and lumpy scars that are indented (known as pitted or atrophic scars). Acne can also cause discoloration, which can be red, hyperpigmented (darker than your regular skin colour), or hypopigmented (lighter than your typical skin colour) (lighter than your normal skin colour).

    When should you seek medical advice?

    Since not all spots are acne, it’s best to see your doctor if the rash appears to be uncommon.

    The impact of acne on one’s attitude and self-esteem is an important issue that is rarely discussed. Acne has been found in numerous research to have a detrimental psychological impact. Severe acne, for example, has been linked to suicidal behaviour in the past. If you have acne and are feeling sad, nervous, or suicidal, you should talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

    How do you book a dermatology consultation?

    I ask firstly that every patient visits the clinic for a consultation first, just to do any necessary test on your skin. Following on from this I will be able to begin your treatment. To enquire, simply visit my contact page to find our details, and my team will arrange a consultation at a date and time to suit you.

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