Acne is a common, multi factorial skin condition which commonly start during puberty. In many cases, it tends to ease when we reach adulthood, but in some people, acne can persist for decades. Acne is often confined to the face, but it may involve neck, chest and back. There are multiple forms or acne from mild which manifest in forms of blackheads or whiteheads. When they get inflamed, they become red spots and turn into pus-filled pimples. Occasionally, larger deeper bumps or cysts (which resemble boils) may develop. If leave them untreated, this inflammatory acne can leave permanently disfigured scars on your skin.
Acne can be treated in many ways, depending on its severity. At the London Cosmetic Clinic in Harley Street, our experienced dermatologists will evaluate the stages of your acne as well as your skin type and recommend suitable management for you. We offer clinically proven, effective treatments to help control acne in its active stages as well as residual acne scarring which will not disappear without treatment.
Topical treatment for acne is available as washes, solutions, lotions, gels and creams. They may have a single or multiple active ingredients. They are typically used for mild acne, although some may be used for the treatment of severe acne in conjunction with other form of treatments. Some topical acne treatments can be irritating to the skin.
There are a variety of effective anti-acne agents offer in our clinic base on skin your skin type and severity of the acne. Skin peels and topical at-home-use treatments as well as topical medications such as retinoids can offer significant results when it comes to treating acne and acne scarring. At The London Cosmetic Clinic, we are ZO Skin Health approved and our specialist dermatologist doctors can assess your unique skin concerns to recommend the most appropriate peels and products to suit your needs.
With topical treatments alone, most cases will see the improvement after 4-6 weeks.
After improvement, you will be advised to continue with the treatment for longer periods of time to clear the existing acne and prevent the new ones.
Antibiotic tablets are usually provided as a treatment for moderate and severe acne. They are usually prescribed in conjunction with topical treatments. We offer wide range of antibiotics to suit your conditions. Our specialist doctors will recommend you a suitable course of antibiotics.
It is most likely to be taken for at least a couple of months and are usually continued until all the acne cleared. Typical course last around three to six months.
Some antibiotics are safe to use during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning a pregnancy, our doctors will recommend the medications that are suitable for you.
Retinoids come in the form of both topical and oral treatments. Well known retinoids include tretinoin, adapalene and, the oral form of isotretinoin is often recognised as the brand name of Roaccutane®.
Isotretinoin is a highly effective treatment for severe or persistent acne. The improvements can be long lasting or even permanent in those who complete a course of treatment. It is a powerful drug that changes the skin and your life forever.
At the London Cosmetic Clinic in Harley Street, our experienced dermatologists will evaluate your conditions and discuss with you in details regarding the treatment.
Isotretinoin is a vitamin-A derivatives which help with most of the causes of acne simultaneously. It reduces oil and sebum production by shrinking the oil producing glands, reduce and prevent clogged pores, reduces bacteria that cause acne and also has anti-inflammatory properties.
You will be advised to take the tablets until your skin condition clears and then for a further few months. Most courses last for four to six months depends on the dose you are taking and the response of to the treatment.
In most cases, the improvement will be noticeable after two to four weeks. Minority of cases, acne becomes worse for a couple of weeks before improvement occurs. Although the progress seems slow at the beginning, once it improves, it will be progressively improved throughout the course of treatment.
As isotretinoin shrinks the oil producing glands, the most common side effects are dryness of some places of the skin. Most commonly is dry lips and skin in general. Other possible side effects are nosebleed due to dry nostril, dry, watery or irritable eye (especially in those who wear contact lenses). These side effects are dose dependent. The range and severity of the side effects also depend on personal factors and the conditions being treated.
There are other known side effects of oral retinoids most of which are easily controllable. Our experienced doctor who specialised in acne treatments will evaluate whether you are suitable for the treatment and advised on dose, monitoring and other possible side effects.
Before any treatment for acne or acne scarring can commence, here at The London Cosmetic Clinic, we will request that you attend a no obligation consultation, skin analysis and medical history check, so that we can determine which treatments will be both suitable and safe for your individual skin concerns, lifestyle, and general health.
This procedure involves using a diluted form of a medication called triamcinolone acetonide (Kenalog) and injecting this substance directly into the pimples. It is used for short-term relief of inflammation and greatly reduces the size of the acne lesions. In addition to alleviate the symptoms, it helps preventing the possibility of permanent scarring.
Usually, small pimples will reduce the swelling, redness, and pain in around 24-48 hours after the injection. Small lesions can be cleared in a couple of days. In large bumps or cysts it may take a bit longer. To speed it up, the doctor may also prescribe oral antibiotics to help further.
Incredibly happy with my gummy smile fix. It was my first time getting a cosmetic procedure and the LCC made me feel incredibly comfortable. Thank-you to Dr Johnson who walked me through the procedure ( which was incredibly fast and pain free!) and a massive thank you to Rahena! Your customer service was exceptional and made me feel really assured and comfortable. Will definitely be recommending the LCC to everyone. Incredibly professional and well priced clinic. I can already see a difference in my smile!
I'm so pleased I found The London Cosmetic Clinic. Dr Johnson was incredibly informative and professional and I've seen a difference after only one treatment! Big thank you to Rahena too who was super helpful and helped put my fears to ease!
I came in to enquire about Botox, I spoke to Rahena who gave me so much information.
Dr. Salinda Johnson and her team are excellent and highly accomplished. She maintains the highest standards in aesthetic treatments and techniques, and consequently I trust her completely and know that she will always offer the best advice, and provide the most appropriate treatments. Her expertise is admirable.
The team are friendly, efficient and helpful and always put patients at ease
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