Treatments for Acne
Although acne is a common skin condition that affects around 20 percent of young people, and both boys & girls can find the situation distressing. Depending on the severity of the acne, it may even leave you feeling self-conscious. As a result, you might choose to seek an acne treatment at Rutland Aesthetics.
Acne treatments in the UK vary between injectable therapies, interventions such as Derma needling, and chemical skin peels. To ensure each patient remains safe, it’s essential to choose a treatment that’s appropriate for them. As such, patients who want to treat their acne with a cosmetic intervention should seek advice from a medical doctor with aesthetic training.
Which acne treatments are available?
The Rutland Aesthetics team is skilled in delivering acne treatments in the UK that tackle the patient’s unique needs. As no two causes of acne are the same, establishing a bespoke package is essential for reducing acne vulgaris and its side effects.
Skin Care Consultations
In some instances, a skin care consultant will resolve acne. As a medical doctor with additional training in Aesthetic Medicine, Dr Dhesi works with world-renowned skin care brands. Such brands include Neostrata, Exuviance, and Skin Active.
Skin care consultations involve assessing the reasons behind a patient’s acne. While some may have underlying hormonal factors, others find their genes play a role. In some cases, men and women produce excessive amounts of androgens later in life; this leads to adult acne.
Depending on the reason for a patient’s acne, Dr Dhesi can recommend a bespoke skin care routine that maximises their potential for reducing it without any other interventions. Some ways to achieve this include:
Administering products with the right balance of salicylic acid for the patient’s skin
Recommending acne treatment kits that the patient self-administers
Tailoring a plan so that it matches the patient’s skin type; for example, oily vs dry
In some cases, using skin care to tackle acne vulgaris is not enough. If a patient is experiencing side-effects such as scarring, they may start additional therapies. One such treatment is the chemical skin peel.
Chemical Skin Peels for acne
Using a chemical skin peel to treat acne comes with multiple benefits. They include:
- Reducing the appearance of blemishes and scars
- Evening the skin’s tone
- Boosting the skin’s complexion
- Achieving a more youthful look
What do chemical skin peels for acne involve?Rutland Aesthetics uses a glycolic skin peel, which tackles the deeper layers of the skin. The skin’s first layer is the epidermis, which mainly comprises dead skin cells. This is the layer patients can see. The next layer is the dermis. When damaged, the dermis will produce scars. Also, it is where the follicles that allow acne vulgaris spots to arise live.
A glycolic skin peel is like a mask that rests on the skin and exfoliates through to the dermis. In doing so, it reduces scarring and can make the red pigmentation that accompanies acne look less noticeable. Most patients require a package of treatments to see the full benefits. At Rutland Aesthetics, patients can choose between purchasing a single peel, or a package that saves money.
Are chemical skin peels for acne safe?Using a chemical skin peel for acne is safe for most patients. Adverse reactions are rare, but the Rutland Aesthetics medical team will provide advice on looking out for them anyway.
Following a chemical skin peel for acne, some patients may experience temporary side effects. They include:
- Skin peeling
It is also vital for patients to recognise that the post-treatment period is a sensitive time for their skin. Therefore, when using chemical skin peels for acne, they should stay away from UV light and avoid applying makeup.
In some instances, using a glycolic skin peel for acne is not appropriate. For example, in those who have ongoing dermatological conditions and those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Mesotherapy and Derma Needling for acne
Derma needling for acne involves using a roller that features fine needles to make small puncture wounds in the skin. The puncture wounds are not visible, but they do encourage the body to initiate healing processes that can treat acne.
When a qualified professional use derma needling for acne, they encourage collagen to migrate to the skin’s surface. As well as evening the skin’s layer, this also results in the production of more Vitamin A. Vitamin A is a crucial component in combating the treatments and causes of acne.
In addition to addressing acne during a flare up, it is also possible to use derma needling to treat acne scars. Over the course of several sessions, Derma needling draws collagen to the skin’s surface and encourages fresh cells to grow. As a result, acne scars look less prominent.
Is Derma needling for acne safe?When used by a trained professional, Derma needling for acne is safe. However, in some instances, it can cause bacteria to spread across the skin, which makes acne worse. As such, patients considering the use of dermal needling for acne should seek advice from a medical professional who understands the causes of acne, how the skin works, and whether their patient will benefit from dermal needling.
Dermal fillers for acne scarring
Depending on the nature of the scarring, using dermal fillers for acne scarring is very useful. Injecting dermal fillers beneath the epidermis where scarring occurs causes the skin to plump. When the skin plumps, it becomes more even, making it a useful acne treatment for scarring.
Another approach involves injecting a dermal filler directly into the scar itself. While this is a refined technique, it has a similar effect on the method above.
To see the full benefits of dermal fillers for acne scarring, most patients need more than one treatment.
Are dermal fillers for acne scarring safe?In most cases, it is safe to use dermal fillers for acne scarring. However, as this is an acne treatment that involves injecting a medicine into the body, certain patients are not eligible. Such patients may include:
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women
- Those with certain underlying medical conditions
- Anybody who has encountered an adverse reaction to dermal fillers before
- Individuals taking certain medications; especially Warfarin
Who can administer acne treatments in the UK?
If you are seeking acne treatments in the UK, it is essential to find a practitioner who:
- Has a medical, nursing, or dental background
- Has received the right training in the procedure they are going to perform
- Ideally, they should have prescribing rights, or work alongside someone who does
Certain acne treatment procedures always require the attention of a medical or healthcare professional with prescribing rights. For example, Dermal Fillers involve medications, which means a health care professional with an appropriate background must perform a full assessment before deciding whether to administer the treatment.
As for other acne treatments, turning to a practitioner with the right knowledge ensures you don’t receive an inappropriate therapy. In some cases, the symptoms you are experiencing may require the attention of a GP or a dermatologist. Those with health or medical backgrounds will be able to identify such scenarios.
What will happen before my acne treatments?
Prior to your first acne treatment, you will attend a consultation with an appropriate clinician. During this consultation, they may ask specific questions. For example:
- Your past medical history, including surgeries
- Any treatments you have already tried
- Whether you are currently taking any medications, including over-the-counter drugs
- Questions about your lifestyle factors, such as whether you smoke or drink alcohol
Providing honest answers allows them to choose the most efficient, safe, and beneficial treatment for your acne.
How long will the benefits of my acne treatments in the UK last?
Acne treatments in the UK vary from each person and the intervention their practitioner chooses. For example, if the Rutland Aesthetics team recommends chemical skin peels for treating acne, you may find you need a few sessions before seeing the full benefits. While some patients need ongoing care, others see a complete reduction in their acne.
How Rutland Aesthetics Will Help You
As a qualified GP who has also worked for the armed forces, Dr Dhesi has a wealth of experience in various medical niches. He also has additional Aesthetic Medicine training, making him a safe and competent practitioner who provides acne treatments in the UK.
As an aesthetic specialist, Dr Dhesi likes to combine therapies to ensure patients benefit from a plan that’s bespoke for them. His unique approach means patients can maximise their chances of achieving acne treatments in the UK.
To start your acne therapy journey, contact a member of the Rutland Aesthetics team today for a free medical consultation, which is required before having the treatment.