Dermatologists now know that acne is a chronic disease, with recent studies showing that acne results in higher rates of depression. That’s why at Skindepth we believe in producing a life plan to both control, and keep pimples away for life. Dr Alice Rudd treats acne in all age groups but has a special interest in acne affecting post-adolescent females. She sees the all-to-common scenario of cystic acne appearing when women come off the contraceptive pill. She also deals with women who battle acne in the context of underlying hormonal issues such as polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Skindepth use a variety of medical and non-medical treatments to manage acne and always adopt a multidisciplinary approach employing other hand picked health specialists from our network if needed.
Acne (pimples) is a chronic condition, that affects teenagers, and adults. It is the result of increased hormonal activity (androgens) that results in increased production of oil (sebum) in the skin. This oiliness clogs the pores (sebaceous glands) which allows bacteria to grow. Inflammation (redness, lumps and cysts) and pus develops. Acne can lead to scarring even if you do not pick your pimples. Acne often runs in families and in some cases may be related to underlying hormonal or medical issue. In some cases it may be related to medications taken.
Acne is common particularly in women in their 20s and 30s. We see this mostly as a result of ceasing the contraceptive pill (for child bearing or other reasons). Many women did not even know they had acne, or were put on the pill early in life to control teenage acne. There may be underlying hormonal factors that need to be considered. Acne in this time of life presents a management dilemma, as most treatments can’t be given when wanting to conceive. Usually we recommend medical treatment to get the acne quickly, and hopefully permanently controlled. If medical treatment is not desired, we devise topical medicated regimes in combination to treatments to get the best results.
Treatment of acne generally involves reducing the oil in the skin, clearing out the pores and controlling any inflammation. Treatment usually starts topically with a range of skin products or prescription grade retinol and antibiotics. Oral agents may also be required. These can be oral antibiotics, oral hormonal treatments, or oral isotretinoin.
While acne treatment predominantly has a medical influence, the Skindepth team believes that acne should also be treated from the inside. This holistic approach involves evening out the hormones, modifying your diet and reducing levels of inflammation inside your body.
Skindepth’s Acne Clinic is a service dedicated to treating acne sufferers. The clinic provides a tailored approached with the use of dermaceutical-level products and treatments. All initial consultations will be undertaken by one of Skindepth’s acne experts, who are experienced in treating acne-prone skin (Dermal Clinician).
In the Acne Clinic consultation you will:
· discuss and set skin goals
· receive a thorough skin assessment
· receive an integrated and customised plan
This skin plan will include recommendations such as skincare products and in-clinic treatments that will reduce inflammation and breakouts, treat scarring and improve the skin’s texture. Dietary recommendations and other lifestyle information will also be provided.
Patients that require further assessment will be fast-tracked to see Dr Alice Rudd for a medical consultation. During this appointment all medical treatment options will be discussed and formalised as part of the skincare plan. Skindepth’s Acne Clinic provides the perfect opportunity for their clients to get on top of their acne without long wait periods for consultation appointments.
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