Acne is a chronic condition which is caused by blockages in the sebaceous gland in the hair follicle as a result of too much oil (sebum) building up and causing inflammation which produces black heads, white heads, pustules, cysts and scars. It is the most common skin condition affecting both men and women and nearly every adolescent experiences some form of acne. Women tend to be affected earlier than men and for most people it doesn’t persist past their twenties although for some, particularly women, the condition can still affect them into their 50s.
What causes acne?
Acne is caused by several different factors such as hormonal changes and tendency in the family to the condition and flare ups can be the result of medications; polycystic ovary disease; and wearing thick cosmetics that block the pores.
From the age of 12 blackheads and/or whiteheads appear on the face and body which in time become inflamed papules, pustules or cysts. The face, shoulders, back and upper chest are the most likely areas for acne to be present as these areas have lots of sebaceous glands. Acne can be mild, moderate or severe and depends on the type of lesions present, with cysts being the most severe and prone to scarring. Acne sufferers can feel embarrassed about the condition and can become socially withdrawn.
"For some sufferers of severe acne isotretinoin (also known as roaccutane), which is prescribed by consultant dermatologists only, can still be the best available treatment. However, the side effects and lifestyle restrictions do not suit others. Where this is the case, we believe we have an effective alternative by prescribing a combination treatment approach of medical and non-surgical therapies which produce good, in some cases better, results.”
At Altruderm our treatments range from non-surgical cosmetic treatments to dermatological services as well as variety of minor surgical procedures. A consultation with our Medical Director, Dr. McDaid, will help you decide which is the best treatment option for you.