Acne is one of the most common skin conditions we see at our Nuriss Clinic.
What is Acne?
Acne is very common in teenagers and younger adults. About 80% of people between the ages of 11 and 30 will be affected by acne.
Most people have acne on and off for several years before their symptoms start to improve as they get older. Acne often disappears when a person is in their mid-twenties.
In some cases, acne can continue into adult life. Recent studies suggest that up to 25% of women and 15% of men have acne over the age of 25.
What Causes Acne?
Acne is most commonly linked to the changes in hormone levels during puberty, but there are thought to be many other potential triggers such as diet, lifestyle and stress levels. Our genetics can also be involved. Acne is known to run in families. If both your mother and father had acne, it is likely that you will also have acne.
Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during the menstrual cycle or pregnancy, can also lead to episodes of acne in women.
Acne affects the oil-producing glands next to the hair follicles in the skin. Certain hormones cause these glands to produce larger amounts of oil (sebum).
This abnormal sebum changes the activity of a usually harmless skin bacterium called P. acnes, which becomes more aggressive and causes inflammation and pus.
The hormones also thicken the inner lining of the hair follicle, causing blockage of the pores (opening of the hair follicles).
What are the signs of Acne?
Acne can vary in severity. Acne can affect the face, neck, chest and back and Acne spots can range from surface blackheads and whiteheads – which are often mild – to deep, inflamed, pus-filled pustules and cysts, which can be severe and long-lasting and lead to scarring.
What can I do if I have Acne?
Keeping your skin clean is important, but will not prevent new spots developing. Wash the affected area twice a day with a gentle non–comedogenic cleanser. Two-three times a week use an exfoliating cleanser, to unclog pores and remove dead skin cells. Do not scrub the skin too hard to avoid irritating it.
If your skin is dry, use a moisturiser (emollient). Most of these are now tested so they don’t cause spots (non-comedogenic).
Although acne can’t be cured, it can be controlled with treatment. Several creams, lotions and gels for treating spots are available at pharmacies.
If you develop acne, it’s a good idea to speak to your pharmacist for advice. Products containing a low concentration of benzoyl peroxide may be recommended, but be careful as this can bleach clothing.
If your acne is severe or appears on your chest and back, it may need to be treated with antibiotics or stronger creams that are only available on prescription.
If these treatments have not worked, you may want to consider more advanced Acne treatments. At Nuriss Skincare and Wellness clinic our skin experts are here to help.
Nuriss Acne Treatments
There are so many conflicting sources of advice for Acne sufferers. Our aim at Nuriss is to make Acne easier to understand, easier to treat and to help you to take control and improve your skin health.
At Nuriss we understand the huge impact that Acne can have on your life. Many of our patients tell us that it causes them embarrassment, affects their self-esteem and in many cases can even make people lose the confidence to have personal relationships. We don’t want your skin problems to control your life.
Your Consultation – What to expect
Our team of skin experts can help you to find the most effective treatments and skincare. We recommend only tried and tested treatments that will work hard in the fight to clear up your acne and dramatically reduce acne scarring.
At your initial consultation you will have a detailed medical assessment and a Visia Skin analysis, to identify your skins problems areas and to allow us to devise the best treatment options for your skin type.
We often combine our in-house skincare treatments with your own tailor-made ‘Take home Nuriss skincare’ treatments, which work in synergy to quickly and effectively clear up your acne and help to reduce further flare-ups.
Our skincare experts will guide you through every step of your tailor-made skincare routine, offering advice and support as your skin goes through the different phases on the road to recovery.
Advanced Treatment Options