Dr. Kevin McKerrow
DERMATOLOGIST+ SEE BIO
Acne is one of the most common problems that we experience at some time in our life. It is so common that one could argue that it is a normal occurrence in human development. Without the correct treatment by a specialist dermatologist, it is likely to persist for some time, which will affect how you feel about yourself and your appearance. Delay in appropriate management also complicates the risk of long-term problems such as scars and skin discoloration.
Although acne is most commonly seen in teenagers, it can affect people of all ages and can sometimes continue into late adulthood. Females and males of all races are affected, with scarring and pigment change most common in patients with skin of colour.
We know acne is a problem with the skin’s oil glands and that it presents in many forms. What you need to know is that you do not need to suffer from this any longer. Whether we are talking about angry red lumps, cysts or annoying blackheads or whiteheads that never seem to go away, or the rapid onset of scarring or pigmentation change associated with acne, having a specialist dermatologist plan appropriate treatment for you will help correct your mix of problems.
There can often be a family history of acne where you have inherited acne from a parent, but it is largely due to an imbalance of hormones during puberty and the effect these have on oil production. Some specific problems such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and certain oral contraceptive pills or devices can cause or aggravate acne. In terms of treatment plans, one thing is common – the treatment needs to be appropriate for you. No amount of cleansing, toning or steaming is going to target the root cause, and endless rounds of antibiotics will not help either. These are just managing the symptoms.
The Skin Specialist Centre dermatologists will skillfully diagnose the exact mix of your problems and offer you the best dermatological options for treatment of your acne and related complications, such as skin discoloration, scars and long-term psychological trauma. Acne can cause great distress in adolescents, particularly at a time when they are probably least able to deal psychologically and socially with the unsightliness of active acne. It is important that affected adolescents particularly avoid social isolation and self-consciousness than their unaffected peers, and avoid the experience of embarrassment, social inhibition, unhappiness, anxiety and dissatisfaction with their facial appearance.
Our aim is to give you the best outcome for your appearance and to restore your confidence in the way before you had acne.
Your acne treatment needs to be appropriate for you, based on the type of acne you have and other factors around your general health. Early treatment is encouraged for the best outcome, which aims to decrease the number of pimples and limit pigment change and scarring of the skin. The best strategy will be to consult with a specialist dermatologist, who can provide many options for treatment. This will ensure the most aesthetically pleasing outcome, with the least scarring. In addition, if you have already developed scarring or pigmentation, we can help and treat you at the same time as you are undergoing reduction of your acne lesions. As well as prioritizing appropriate medication for your acne, we are unique in offering the largest range of laser and light devices that we regularly use to reverse the consequences of inadequately treated acne. Our team are trained in using these on all skin types and all skin colours. Depending on your skin type, acne scar type and downtime, we perform procedures such as fractional laser resurfacing, vascular laser treatment, energy-based micro-needling, subcision, chemical peels and dermal fillers. Our acne scar revision programmes are individually tailored according to your scar type, resulting in the greatest improvement for you. Acne scars are complex and require different methods to treat, resulting in the best outcomes.
From the initial consultation you will gain confidence from our team that your treatment plan is going to solve your acne. We need to be clear that the treatment will take time, but you will be under our guidance until we have provided the outcome you want. Any concerns can be answered along the way, and we can adjust your treatment programme as we go.
We provide multiple treatment options that can happen simultaneously, reducing the overall time it will take to achieve a pleasing result. For an optimal outcome, you receive specialist dermatologist service dedicated to helping you through all aspects of treatment to achieve clear skin.
If you already have an appointment booked at The Skin Specialist Centre, you can easily add an this treatment/consultation to your booking by calling our friendly team on (09) 524 5011. If you have never been to The Skin Specialist Centre, you can either give us a call on (09) 524 5011 or make an enquiry by clicking on the Enquire Now option below.Enquire Now