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Facts on Acne

Healthcare Inspectorate WalesAcne is a chronic skin condition that affects most people at some point during their life. It causes spots to develop on the skin, usually on the face, back and chest. The symptoms of acne can be mild, moderate or severe.

Acne is thought to be caused by changes in hormones that are triggered during puberty.

Acne can cause great distress and have an adverse effect on a person’s quality of life and self-esteem.

Acne Symptoms

The symptoms of acne usually disappear when a person is in their twenties. However, in some cases, acne can continue into adult life, with approximately 5% of women and 1% of men over 25 continuing to experience symptoms. For some people, even mild cases of acne can cause distress. Therefore, if your acne is making you feel very unhappy, you should visit your GP.

Also see your GP or Dermatologist if you develop nodules (large hard lumps that build up beneath the surface of the skin and are usually painful.)  or cysts (large, pus-filled lumps that look similar to boils), because these are usually associated with severe acne.


Your recommended treatment plan will depend on whether your acne is mild, moderate or severe. Mild acne is treated using gels or creams (topical treatments). Some patients are prescribed a course of Roaccutane (Isotretinoin) by their Consultant Dermatologist.

A follow up and support service is offered at The Clear Skin Dermatology Treatment Clinic for these patients with acne.

The specialist dermatology nurse explains exactly what to expect during the course of treatment and provide expert advice, help and support throughout.  A pregnancy testing service is also available if required. Phototherapy is now becoming more common in the treatment of Acne as well as being used to treat several other skin conditions including: acne and psoriasis.

If you suffer from Acne then contact Clear Skin today on 02920 795775