Acne treatment

Achieve clearer skin and escape the physical and psychological torment of acne

Acne vulgaris is an inflammatory skin condition that involves the pilosebaceous unit. It is unsightly and can cause huge emotional torment for the sufferer. Please be reassured that we can help you. Treatment of acne includes topical preparations, systemic treatment and, in certain cases, simple small procedures to release cysts and comedones. Sometimes peels or light treatment can be helpful.

In acne, there is a gland (the sebaceous gland) and a pipe (the pilosebaceous duct). If either the gland is overactive or the pipe is blocked, then a spot. This appears as a result of the pressure. Increasing production of sebum or blocking the pipe will make the acne worse.

Involved pilosebaceous ducts develop comedones (black heads or white heads). Microbes cause an inflammatory response. Ruptures of comedones lead to the formation of larger inflamed bumps, pustules and cysts. If acne is not treated it may cause scarring. Acne has an important psychological effect, patients may be self-conscious and it may affect mood.


  • Detailed history of your skin concern
  • Total skin examination
  • Holistic assessment of your health
  • Diagnosis
  • Discussion of treatment options
  • Personalised treatment plan
  • Treatment
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Major causes of increased sebum production are male androgen hormones that increase in the teenage years and also some foods.

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Acne that is not treated may cause scarring.

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For mild to moderate acne, the best creams will exfoliate and reduce the micropopulation without drying the skin. Dr Rowland Payne’s Face Cream is exfoliating, moisturising and slightly antiseptic.

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Chemical peels involve a safe, acid-based solution being applied to the skin to encourage the exfoliation of top skin layers. Once the problem acne skin has peeled away, fresh unblemished skin tissue will be revealed underneath.

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IPL uses light energy to target and remove unwanted skin cells. It should result in a clearer skin tone and texture.

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Here at our Devonshire practise, we use acne treatments that are non-invasive with an excellent safety record.

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Little or no downtime is required for most acne treatments.

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Treatment is always tailored individually to each patient and includes creams, tablets, peels and deep extractions. Patients need to be monitored regularly to achieve the swiftest and best outcomes.

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