Do you have pores? Pores are mild blackheads, and so, technically, you have a mild form of one type of acne. Acne is a cause of angst for many a teenager, and adults too. I have a number of patients who have battled acne for years, and tried numerous different products, all to little or no avail. But what exactly is acne, what causes it, how common is it and what can be done to prevent and treat it? Contrary to urban myth, acne is not caused by dirty skin and poor hygiene. It arises when the tiny holes in […]
You don’t have to suffer from enlarged pores, blackheads, whiteheads or spots- effective treatment is available. Pores appear when the hair follicle duct becomes blocked with sebum (oil) and dead skin. If the pores are open the contents oxidise & darken and appear as blackheads. Whiteheads are the same but with the neck of the duct sealed, as shown below. These conditions will respond to appropriate skin care. Medical grade skin care has a higher concentration of active ingredients and is much more effective than anything you can buy over the counter. For a skin regime to tackle pores […]
Acne scars can be significantly improved using a dermal filler to lift and smooth the skin. I also use prescription skin care, Obagi Nu-Derm, which fades mild scarring and encourages the production of healthy new skin.
Affected by acne? I prescribe retinoid cream rather than antibiotics. This week’s British Medical Journal confirms that this is now the “mainstay of treatment of acne” & that prolonged antibiotic courses are to be avoided because of the risk of antibiotic resistance.