Acne: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

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Acne: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment




Arrange a Consultation View Acne Treatments

Acne at Sk:n

We treat 4,500 acne sufferers every year and know how much distress the condition can cause. Here at sk:n we have over 20 years experience in treating acne, so if you feel like you’ve tried everything, but still don’t have the skin you really want, arrange a consultation with one of our specialists.

What is Acne?

Acne is a common skin condition caused by comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and pus-filled spots (pustules). It usually starts at puberty and can vary in severity from a few spots on the face, neck, back and chest, which most adolescents will have at some time, to a more significant problem that may cause acne scarring and impact on self-confidence. For the majority it tends to resolve by the late teens or early twenties, but it can persist for longer in some people.

Types of Acne?

There are many different types of acne, which makes a personalised treatment plan very important. We highly recommend you attend a sk:n acne consultation, where our expert practitioner will be able to diagnose the type of acne you have and grade its severity as either mild, moderate or severe.

Other Types of Acne

You may be suffering with a condition which is more severe than the more common types of acne listed above. A nurse or doctor will work with you to determine your condition and help you achieve the results you require based on a variety of different treatments available.

Other Types of Acne

If you feel you have any of the below conditions, please book a consultation with a doctor or nurse who will work with you to create a treatment plan. 

Steroid medication can lead to acne development, particularly anabolic steroids.

This is a severe form of Acne Vulgaris (common acne), with infection deep under the surface of the skin and a high risk of severe scarring. Care should be taken to treat this acne as quickly as possible.

This form of acne occurs when the sufferer has picked at the spots, sometimes subconsciously as a nervous reflex. It leads to a longer healing period and carries a greater risk of scarring.

Acne Mechanica sees the spots in an irregular pattern, very unlike Acne Vulgaris. This shows that the skin has been exposed to a specific substance.

This rarer type of acne is characterised by sudden onset of pustules and nodules on red cheeks, chin and/or forehead, typically in young adult women.


This is an uncommon yet severe, cystic form of acne that mostly affects males, and may by accompanied by fever and joint pain

Preventing Acne

Acne prevention can include many things from natural remedies you can try at home, to a more specialised course of treatments.

Natural Remedies

Natural remedies can help relive any immediate symptoms you may have of irritation or may lead to more long term solutions in the form of lifestyle changes. 

  • Cleansing
    Use an alcohol-free cleanser to remove excess oil, dirt, and sweat that you generate daily on your skin. Do it regularly, but no more than twice a day as, otherwise, it may make your acne worse.

  • Make-up
    It’s tempting to use cosmetics to cover up your pimples, however, doing so may clog your pores and trigger outbreaks. Wear as little make-up as possible or wear mineral cosmetics instead. Avoid greasy, heavy foundation, and use products that are non-comedogenic, sheer, and fragrance-free.

  • Diet
    Eating unhealthy food regularly can have a negative impact on your skin. For a more skin spot-free, avoid eating fast or junk food, dairy, white bread, processed breakfast cereals and white rice.

  • Sun
    Drying out your skin can lead to an excess of oil production to compensate the lack of hydration and this means you may end up with another breakout.

  • Exercise
    Exercise regulates your hormone levels, delivers oxygen to your skin cells and carries your cellular waste away.

Treatments at sk:n

Here at Sk:n we have a range of treatments designed you help you get the skin you want. From products to peels, our specialist doctors and nurses can recommend the best path for you to take. 


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