Acne & Rosacea Treatments
Acne and Rosacea
We are delighted to be an Acne and Rosacea Association (ARA UK ) Accredited Treatment Centre. This allows us to confidently provide sufferers with the correct and accurate information, help and support to achieve the best results in their treatment. Acne and Rosacea are skin conditions which millions of people in the UK suffer, and have no idea where to go or what products to try. 1 in 10 people have Rosacea and 85% of us will have Acne at some point in our lives- the statistics are staggering. Acne and Rosacea can have a profound impact on quality of life for sufferers.
As part of ARA UK we have in depth knowledge of these skin conditions, and now have clinically proven treatments that give fantastic results, with fast diagnosis and support from Professor Anthony Chu.FRCP.
Professor Chu trained at Guys Hospital, London, qualifying in 1975. He started his Dermatology training in 1980, was awarded a Wellcome Senior Research Fellowship and appointed as Senior Lecturer/ Honorary Consultant Dermatologist at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith and Ealing Hospital. Professor Chu ran an investigative laboratory studying skin carcinogenesis, the immunobiology of Acne and the Langerhans cell in physiological states and in the disease of Langerhans cell Histiocytosis. He was founder of the Acne Support Group and started the Acne and Rosacea Association UK.
Acne is the most common disease in the world, arising from oily skin, blackheads and spots. For approximately 15% of people, the spots will persist, be widespread and create scarring. 5% of women and 1% of men in their 40’s will still be suffering long after it started.
The sebum produced by the sebaceous gland overworks due to Androgens ( male hormones). Dead skin cells that sit on the surface of the skin start to shed more slowly and clog pores where the sebum (oil) usually escapes. The combination of these two factors will result in the skin forming a tiny blockage, the starting point for all acne. This is the environment for acne bacteria which begin to multiply. This in turn leads to a chain reaction resulting in inflammation. If the blockage does not become infected then it remains as a solid lump – the blackhead.
Acne can leave inflammation, pigmentation and scarring (‘rolling, box and ice pick scars’).
Acne will eventually stop when the body stops responding to the immunological stimulus that is inducing acne. There are very few treatments that will cure acne, even Roaccutane, which is the strongest drug for acne, will have a 50% relapse rate.
Rosacea is facial flushing usually on the cheeks, and can also be present on the forehead, chin and nose. Some patients have only flushing or Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea, but others will progress to develop acneform inflammatory lesions – the papulopustular rosacea.
Most clinical trials in Rosacea have concentrated on the inflammatory lesions of Rosacea, mainly ignoring the flushing and facial redness. The only exceptions are Synchrorose and Bromonidine.
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