Acne is the medical term used to describe spots or breakouts. It is easily the most common skin concern there is, affecting as many as 85% of teens. Unfortunately, research shows that more and more of us are continuing to suffer with it in our twenties, thirties and beyond meaning that spots are definitely not just a teenage issue. In fact, it is estimated that up to 1 in 5 adult women are still battling blemishes. When you think that acne can lead to scarring, poor self-image and loss of confidence, this amounts to a big problem.
Having suffered with acne myself, I understand the impact it can have on body image and self-esteem.
Despite this, many people spend years before getting the treatment they need. Acne is a complex condition and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Access to the right advice and support, early on, can be life changing for the person on the receiving end.
If you’ve suffered with persistent acne, you’ll recognise the feeling that your face never feels clean. Some of the things I hear time and again are that no matter how much time or money you spend on grooming and skincare products, you can still end up feeling like a spotty mess. You long to be one of those carefree people who wakes up 5 minutes before they need to leave the house in the morning. Instead, you have to put aside a full 30 minutes to try and painstakingly conceal each and every spot and you definitely need to get to the bathroom first if you have a new partner for fear that they might reject you if they knew what you really looked like.
Yes, some people can manage the occasional pimple at home with appropriate store-bought products or advice from a GP. Many others are fed up by a lack of improvement and are understandably worried about developing dark marks or permanent scarring if their symptoms are left unchecked. Emotional scarring should not be downplayed either as acne erodes self-esteem, causing sufferers to feel embarrassed and isolated. It doesn’t have to be like this. There are effective treatments for persistent acne or scarring and prescriptions that really work.
It’s time to take back control and find an acne solution that works for you.
Book an appointment with our consultant dermatologists to review your acne history and all the treatment options.