SOLIHULL MEDICAL COSMETIC ACNE CLINIC
“There is no single disease which causes more psychic trauma, more maladjustment between parents and children, more general insecurity and feelings of inferiority and greater sums of psychic suffering than does acne vulgaris.” –Sulzberger & Zaldems, 1948
The Solihull Medical Cosmetic offer one of the only medical cosmetic acne clinics in the Midlands offering a complete range of acne treatments to suit all skin types. As well as a cosmetic specialist, Dr Sagoo is also a GP with 15 years experience and can offer a range of holistic prescribed medication, as well as cosmetic acne treatment programmes, to enhance and improve acne prone skin. The acne clinic has gained national recognition with clients from all over the UK visiting the clinic for acne concerns.
As a result we have been selected to be one of the first UK acne centres of excellence under the guidance of world renowned dermatologist Professor Chu in association with Skin Med. Therefore demand for our services is high with a several week waiting list for an initial free assessment.
Why choose us for Acne?
We tend to see many clients who have been to other skin clinics and have not achieved the results they desired or expectations have not been met. Usually they have been misinformed or have not received the correct treatment. We provide a holistic treatment plan which may include; use of the best lasers in the world along with medical grade acne skin products and combining that with using the latest in acne treatments available.
What is acne?
Acne is a common skin condition characterized by plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), inflamed pimples (pustules), and deeper lumps (nodules). Acne occurs on the face, as well as the chest, back, and upper arms. Although most teenagers get some form of acne, it can also develop in adults. Often, acne clears up after several years, even without treatment but it can also be disfiguring and upsetting to the client. Untreated acne can leave permanent scars and to avoid acne scarring, acne treatment is important.
Different Types of Acne
Acne is not caused by dirt. Human hormones increase during adolescence and stimulate the sebaceous glands of the skin to; enlarge, produce oil, and plug the pores, therefore causing acne. Whiteheads (closed comedones), blackheads (open comedones), pimples (pustules), and occasionally cysts (deep pus-filled lumps) form. Adult acne develops later in life and may be related to hormones, childbirth, or stopping the pill.
Grades of Acne
This is the mildest form of acne. Grade 1 consists of blackheads mostly on the nose and a few papules which are small, red breakouts typically found on the cheeks. These breakouts are minimal and tend to be occasional.
Grade 2 Acne
This is considered moderate acne and is characterised by blackheads, milia (whiteheads), inflammation, redness, papules and pustules. They are found usually on the nose, cheeks, and chin / jaw line. More than occasional, Grade 2 acne needs more active attention.
Grade 3 Acne
Very similar to Grade 2 but with more swelling, and the number of actual papules and pustules is increased significantly. Scarring tends to be more noticeable as well. In this case, it is found all over the face and neck in addition to other acne-prone areas such as the chest, back and upper arms.
Grade 4 Acne
It is the most severe form of acne and is extremely rare. Usually the skin is covered by an extreme number of pustules and oedema (swelling).
Grade 4 Acne
Acne has nothing to do with not washing your face. However, it is best to wash your face with a mild cleanser (e.g. Cetaphil) and warm water daily. Washing too often or too vigorously may actually make your acne worse. Exfoliating once or twice per week (depending on skin type) with an exfoliant (e.g. Exfoliating cream) is useful for opening up blackheads and whiteheads, and fading acne marks and scars.
Acne is generally not caused by foods. However, if certain foods seem to make your acne worse, try to avoid them. In a few cases, milk/dairy or nuts may aggravate acne.
To keep your skin clean from acne, wear as little cosmetic product as possible. Oil-free, water-based moisturizers and make-up should be used. Choose products that are “non-comedogenic” i.e. should not cause whiteheads or blackheads. Remove your cosmetics every night with mild soap or a gentle cleanser with water. Our clinic offers a medicated range of skin care products for acne-prone skin that has proven through research to fight against acne.
Treatment is an on-going process and improvement takes time with acne. Each individual acne client will have a comprehensive skin assessment with Dr Sagoo and his skin specialist aesthetician to determine your best treatment plan. Each individual acne client will then be discussed along with their own personal acne skin treatment plan, by Dr Sagoo and his skin aesthetician. They will then work as a team to regularly review on going treatment and follow the client together on the journey of improving their skin. We recognise that most of the clients that have come to our clinic, have had their confidence affected by their acne and usually find their own doctors are unsympathetic. Diet and lifestyle factors will also be discussed and addressed during the treatment plan and realistic expectations of what can be achieved. Treatments are broad and varied but are offered using the latest treatments available, as one of the Midlands leading clinics.
- Dr Sagoo may prescribe for your acne; topical creams, gels, or lotions with vitamin A acid-like drugs, benzoyl peroxide, or antibiotics to help unblock the pores and reduce bacteria that cause acne. As a practising GP for last 15 years Dr Sagoo can also prescribe prescription acne medication and liaise with your GP if necessary following his assessment.
- Antibiotics taken by mouth, such as tetracycline, doxycycline, minocycline, are often prescribed for acne.
- Birth control pills may improve acne, and may be used specifically for the treatment of acne. Birth control pills are particularly effective in women in whom periods are irregular, or who notice flare-ups before each period, or have more lower face (e.g. around the mouth) and jawline acne. Dr Sagoo can prescribe the birth control pill, or it can be prescribed by your GP.
- In cases of unresponsive or severe acne, isotretinoin may be used. Patients using isotretinoin must understand the potential side effects of this drug. Monitoring with frequent follow-up visits is necessary. Pregnancy must be prevented while taking the medication, since the drug causes birth defects Dr Sagoo works alongside two consultant dermatologists who can prescribe this medication.
- Women may also use birth control pills or medications that decrease the effects of male hormones (e.g. dianette) to help their acne.
As well as medical treatments, Dr Sagoo will assess each client and depending upon the severity of their acne will then discuss a treatment programme tailored to each individual client. The clinic offers a wide range of cosmetic acne treatments.
- Rejuvalight (diode) light therapy
Using blue/red light wavelengths to kill acne bacteria and therefore prevent flare ups
May be used to remove the upper layers of the skin, improving irregularities in the surface, contour, and generating new skin.
Chemical peels with glycolic acid, salicylic acid can help unblock the pores, open blackheads and whiteheads, and minimize marks and acne scarring. The clinic offers a full range of chemical peels from superficial to medium depth peels to treat mild / moderate / severe acne.
We use 2 main types of peels:
Glycolic Acid peels are effective removing the trapped “glue” that blocks the pores leading to spots (see below)
Glycolic acid also repairs damaged skin and stimulates new skin cells ideal for acne scarring and preventing outbreaks of acne spots.
Salicylic Acid Peels
Enerpeel® SA is a skin remodelling solution designed specifically for sufferers of acne, thanks partly due to the sebostatic (oil production reducing) effect of Salicylic Acid. The solution also contains the two active ingredients that are present in Aknicare® – triethyl citrate and ehtyl linoleate – which were shown in a clinical trial by Professor Tony Chu to reduce the four main visible signs of acne.
The limelight IPL is a very powerful medical grade intense pulsed light that can improve texture of face as well as significantly reduce the redness associated with acne flare ups. Furthermore it can also help reduce the hyperpigmentation left behind from repeated acne flare ups. It is a powerful tool combining with other treatments to reduced the effects left behind by the acne.
Laser genesis is a great no-downtime, painless procedure for acne prone skin. The laser genesis has enough heat to kill the bacteria in the active breakouts. This means they will dry up and heal much quicker. Any red tones or discolorations from present or previous breakouts will be lightened as well. As with most acne patients, large pores tend to be an issue. The laser genesis will improve this as well. In addition to acne benefits, the procedure is also a great anti-aging laser. Collagen production is stimulated; therefore, decreasing the appearance of fine lines and making skin feel more elastic.
Patients typically have 3 to 5 treatments and can be spaced out 2 to 4 weeks apart.
Fractional Radiofreqency / Fractora
Fractional radio frequency has emerged as the latest in acne vulgaris treatment and acne scarring in all skin types, including Asian and black skin, with amazing results and in some cases has cured acne by destroying the acne producing glands. Also at same time acne scarring can be improved by up to 50 %.
We are one of the first and very few clinics in the UK to use this revolutionary new treatment that could change how we treat acne
Vacuum Follicle extraction
What Is Acne Extraction?
Acne extraction is a type of acne treatment procedure that is done in a doctor’s office, using special, sterile tools to get rid of problem pimples.
Acne extraction is when blackheads or milia [tiny bumps] are extracted using an instrument, such as a comedone extractor.
The acne extractor is used to pull out the fluids or solids that are inside the pimple. The extractor puts pressure on the contents of the blackhead to expel its contents.
When Acne Extraction Is Effective
Acne extraction is most effective on a type of pimple called comedones – blackheads or whiteheads. These hard little bumps can be open (blackheads) which have a dark surface, or closed (whiteheads), which look white on the surface because the underlying hair follicle is completely clogged. Comedones make the skin appear rough or bumpy in texture.
One advantage of having acne extraction performed is that you can clean the pores of extra debris.
Acne extraction is typically tried when other acne treatment methods – like oral or topical medications – are unsuccessful at treating very severe acne.
Acne extraction is not generally used to treat an inflamed pimple, like a pustule or papule, or comedones that are close to an inflamed pimple.
The Pros and Cons of Acne Extraction
When this acne treatment is done correctly – by a professional in a sterile environment – it’s a safe procedure. Acne extraction can quickly clear up unsightly acne, and over time, even help prevent future acne breakouts when other preventive measures, like proper skin cleaning, are also used.
- Injections of corticosteroids may be used for treating large red bumps (nodules & cysts). This may help them go away much more quickly.
For more information on our Acne clinic and the treatment options call us on 0845 603 6150.