We all have one friend who unfortunately has drawn the short straw and is affected with acne. This may have started when we were at school, and first realised that one particular friend would be suffering from acne.
Suffering from acne
It’s quite hard to actually imagine what it is like if your affected by this type of skin condition but statistics have proven that it can be incredibly damaging to self confidence throughout teenage years and indeed into adulthood.
Every one of us will suffer from something in one way or another, whether it is low self-esteem, a physical condition, or mental condition that can cause a hinderance to our progression in happiness.
As acne is one of the most common conditions we have an face in the UK, and although previously we would have believed that it was particularly visible in teenagers, it is actually just as prominent in adults, even as we progress into 50s and 60s. An unfortunate condition that comes after many acne cases is acne scarring, and it affects a large percentage of acne sufferers.
There are multiple types of scarring that patients can have including: ice pick scars, boxcar scars, keloid scars and hypertrophic scars. Some of us may even suffer with a number of these different types of scar.
It is important to treat the acne as soon as possible to avoid conditions such as this, therefore we would highly recommend approaching a dermatologist or skin specialist as soon as possible.
If you have a friend or family member that is suffering from acne, the best advice we can give is to encourage them to attend a consultation with the doctor to ensure that they can be placed on the right medicine and products, enabling us to treat the acne effectively and therefore avoid any further acne scarring.
Solutions for treating acne
Fortunately, there are many treatments now available to patients that suffer from acne. At PHI Clinic we tend to treat our patient initially with a range of prescription medication products. This will often be used in conjunction with laser-based treatments three weeks apart. The aim of this is to encourage new, healthy skin to grow while destroying the bacteria on the skin that causes the acne.
As there are many different products and device-based treatment options available, it is very important that the initial consultation is conducted thoroughly to ensure that we choose the right treatment for you.
In the event of acne scarring
If acne scarring is prominent, we first need to look to see if there are still signs of active acne. If so, it is imperative that we treat the acne before the scarring. If, however, the acne has now subsided and breakouts are few and far between, this may be an appropriate time to begin treating acne scarring. When it comes to treating this condition, we again have to focus on the information provided that consultation.
A treatment such as CO2 resurfacing can be the most effective treatment for some scarring indications; however there is downtime associated with this treatment, and some of our patients may not have the luxury of being able to take 3 to 5 days off from their normal working life. If this is the case, the patient may wish to explore less invasive procedures such as fractional resurfacing. Fractional resurfacing works in a similar way, but involves much less downtime. This said, you may require more treatments to achieve the same results as you would do if you opted for CO2 laser resurfacing.
Although these treatments can be expensive, the value in comparison is greatly beneficial to the self esteem and peace of mind of the patient. Try visiting informative acne forums for further information like www.acne.org as it can be enormously beneficial to talk with other sufferers.