ACNE

SOLIHULL MEDICAL COSMETIC ACNE CLINIC

The Solihull Medical Cosmetic is one of the only medical cosmetic acne clinic in the Midlands offering a range of acne treatments to suit all types of skin. As a GP as well as a cosmetic specialist, Dr. Sagoo can offer a range of holistic prescribed medication as well as cosmetic acne treatment programmes through his years of experience, which may enhance and improve acne prone skin.

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, adults can also develop acne. Often, acne clears up after several years, even without treatment. Acne can be disfiguring and upsetting to the patient. Untreated acne can leave permanent scars. To avoid acne scarring, acne treatment is important.

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, 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.

Cleansing

Acne has nothing to do with not washing your face. However, it is best to wash your face with a mild cleanser (eg., 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) may be useful for opening up blackheads and whiteheads, and fading acne marks and scars.

Diet

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.

Cosmetics

To keep your skin clear from acne, it may help to wear as little cosmetics 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 gentle cleanser and water. Our clinic offers a medicated range of skin care products for acne-prone skin that has been shown in research to help fight against acne.

Treatment

Treatment is an ongoing process and improvement takes time with acne. Dr. Sagoo will provide you with a comprehensive skin assessment to determine your best treatment plan. The acne treatment recommended will vary according to the type of acne.

Medical Treatments

Topical creams

  • Dr. Sagoo may prescribe for your acne topical creams, gels, or lotions with vitamin A acid-like drugs, benzoyl peroxide, or antibiotics. These may help to unblock the pores and reduce the bacteria that cause acne. As a practising GP for the last 12 years Dr. Sagoo can also prescribe prescription acne medication, and will liase with your GP if necessary following his assessment.

Oral

  • Antibiotics taken by mouth are often prescribed to help with acne.
  • Birth control pills may improve acne, and may even be used specifically for the treatment of acne. Birth control pills tend to be 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, a vitamin A derivative may be used for resistant acne. Patients using this type of medication must understand the potential side effects. 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 2 consultant dermatologists who can prescribe this medication.
  • Women may also use birth control pills or medications that may decrease the effects of male hormones to help their acne.

Cosmetic Treatments

As well as medical treatments, Dr. Sagoo will assess each client and, depending upon the severity of the acne, will discuss a treatment programme tailored to each type of client. The clinic offers a wide range of acne treatments.

Using blue/red light wavelengths, which may reduce the numbers of acne bacteria and therefore may help to reduce flare ups

May be used to remove the upper layers of the skin, which may help to improve irregularities in the surface and contour of the skin, and may also stimulate the generation of new skin.

  • Chemical peels with glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid can help to 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.

2 main types of peels

Glycolic Acid Peels
Glycolic Acid peels may be effective to remove the trapped “glue” that blocks the pores leading to spots (see below)

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(*Disclaimer: Results will vary from person to person.)

Trichloroacetic Acid Peels

Laser Photorejuvination

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Before                                                      After glycolic peels

(*Disclaimer: Results will vary from person to person.)

This treatment may help to repair damaged skin and stimulate the generation of new skin cells. It may help with acne scarring and reducing outbreaks of acne spots

  • Injections of corticosteroids may be used for helping to reduce large red bumps (nodules & cysts). This may help them to go away more quickly.

For more information on our Acne clinic and the treatment options call us on 0845 603 6150.