Acne is the most common skin condition, affecting 80% of people at some point in their lives. It usually starts in the teens and goes on into the 20’s, although it can be much longer, continuing well into adulthood for some people.
Acne is caused by bacteria that lives in the skin called P. acnes. P.acnes grow predominantly in sebaceous glands, which produce oil called sebum.
It can be highly distressing, causing redness, pustules, blisters and spots which can appear as quite a large rash.
It is very important to treat severe acne in order to avoid scarring in the future.
Traditional acne treatments work by cleaning the skin and clearing away excess sebum to help reduce the growth of the bacteria. In severe cases, antibiotics can be used to help to kill the bacteria, although over-use and inappropriate use of anti-biotics is discouraged as bacteria can become resistant in the long term. In addition, there may be side effects.
Clinicbe offer a unique approach to treating acne. Rather than rely on medications with potentially unpleasant side-effects, Dr Barbara Kubicka’s unique treatment is based on the principle of working on the skin inside and out combining top dermatological treatments.
The latest addition to our range, Acnelan combines in-clinic treatments/peels with an at-home range of specially designed products. This is a highly effective treatment system which is based on the principle of tackling the numerous factors that trigger acne by deep cleansing and improving the skin.
IPL or Intense Pulsed Light treatment works beneath the skin, targeting the sebaceous glands with specially chosen light waves in order to kill the bacteria. In addition, the treatment tackles over-active sebaceous glands, which decreases the overproduction of oil that leads to acne.
Externally, treatment with chemical peels and microdermabrasion is designed to powerfully exfoliate the skin, sloughing away dead skin cells and providing a deep clean for pores, eliminating the acne-causing bacteria.
These treatments have an added, longer term benefit too. When the dead skin cells are removed, revealing fresh new skin beneath, the body’s own regeneration processes also kick into action, producing new skin cells. This makes skin healthier and gives a glowing radiance.
Dermaroller is also known as micro-needling. The technique involves rollering the skin with a special ‘prickly roller’ which creates hundreds and hundreds of tiny injuries on the surface of the skin. This process stimulates the skin to respond with natural healing, producing healthy new skin cells. The treatment delivers healthier skin which is firmer and stronger from within.
Nutrition also plays an important role in treating acne. This isn’t just about ‘avoiding chocolate’ – there are a range of foods that can trigger acne breakouts. Making changes to dietary choices can deliver a radical improvement.
Consultations with Dr Barbara Kubicka include a review of lifestyle and diet. Patients are surprised by the calibre of advice and delighted to see how a few simple changes can improve acne.
Read more about acne nutrition and diet advice.
Acne can be associated with hormonal changes or surges, which can trigger flare-ups which could last for months or years. Consultations with Dr Kubicka also include a review of any medical or hormonal conditions together with advice on appropriate treatment.
If scarring has already developed as a consequence of acne, it can be very difficult to disguise, especially if the acne is still active, where red pustules appear adjacent to pitted scars.
However, modern aesthetic medicine can help with a range of treatments to disguise the scars and improve them for the long term too.
Read more about acne scarring treatments.