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Dr Justine Kluk - Consultant Dermatologist London
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Teenage acne

Blackheads, blemishes and oily skin


The average age for girls to begin puberty is 11, while for boys the average age is 12. Sebum (oil) production starts to pick up around this time and one of the most common complaints I hear from teenage patients is that they are self-conscious about greasy skin, visible pores or blackheads, especially on the nose, forehead and chin.

Did you know…

Blackheads are essentially a mixture of excess oil and dead skin cells which get trapped in the pores. A chemical reaction occurs when the mixture is exposed to air, turning it black, and this is what gives blackheads their characteristic appearance.

Up to 85% of teenagers will experience some form of acne at one time or another and I try to reassure my patients that they are not alone. Nonetheless, it should not be considered a rite of passage that everyone has to suffer through, regardless of the severity. Establishing a skincare routine and teaching teens how to look after their skin is important, both for skin health and for self-esteem.

Don’t suffer in silence if your spots are getting you down.

Speak to your parents or GP if you are struggling with your skin. We have lots of experience helping teens and their parents navigate this tricky time.

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Nuanced approach

We are all unique. Understanding your acne helps us find the best treatment for you.

5 stars

Dr Kluk really listens and gives you an entirely bespoke plan, unlike some of her contemporaries who roll out a one size fits all plan for everyone, which fails to address more nuanced needs. I couldn’t recommend her enough.

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I can’t recommend Dr Kluk enough. Her friendly, professional & warm manner instantly put me at ease. A sensible, steady approach has given me improvements beyond my expectations & continues to do so. I feel so lucky to have found her.

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Justine saw my 10 year old daughter for comedonal acne. She gave her a gentle treatment plan, great advice & lots of words of comfort. Highly recommend her!

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Dr Kluk was fantastic. She’s experienced, warm and very professional. She took time to understand my medical history and came up with a combined topical/ hormonal treatment that has really transformed the texture of my skin, reducing blackheads, scarring and breakouts.

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Justine is a complete expert about skin. She is so professional and friendly at the same time and I always know I’m in good hands with her. My skin dramatically improved after seeing her, giving me more confidence.

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Dr Kluk is beyond amazing. I haven’t seen my skin like this for years and she’s helped me regain my self-confidence. I would highly, highly recommend this clinic!

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Dr Kluk has been part of the biggest improvement that I’ve had in my skin journey so far. I’m so comfortable in my skin now and we’ve still got plans for improvement!

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I was very nervous about my first session and Dr Kluk was brilliant at picking that up and keeping me calm through the treatment. I would highly recommend seeing Dr Kluk.

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I now see foundation as a choice, and not a “need” like I used to, and I feel so comfortable in my own skin. Dr Kluk is so kind, understanding and knowledgeable.

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The big difference with other clinics is that Dr Kluk went into great detail about how each cream should be used, in order to treat spots but avoid making my skin sore and inflamed. Couldn’t recommend more highly.

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Justine was so reassuring and kind in her approach. She also clearly explained my treatment, so I feel really comfortable using the products. Fingers crossed it makes a difference – we’ll see in three months! Thanks Justine.

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5 stars are NOT enough for the wonderful Dr Kluk. She is truly professional, honest in her opinion and she takes great pride in the happiness of her clients. The best dermatologist!

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Dr Justine has completely changed my skin. From advice on products to use, to prescribing and adjusting medication, she has made such a difference. Would happily recommend her to anyone!

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Justine is approachable, efficient and knowledgeable. She is by far the best Dermatologist I have seen and has resolved issues that others have been unable to.

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Justine was absolutely excellent. Wonderful bedside manner. Totally professional and in the know of so many different issues.
My treatment has already worked brilliantly and I would happily come back with any other problems. Thank you!!

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This is a doctor we all need! My skin never looked better.

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Thank you so much for your kindness and expertise. You’ve made a huge difference to my confidence and have made every appointment such a pleasure.

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Thank you for everything. For your kindness and repeatedly going above and beyond. The last few years have been really difficult, but you’ve been a major part of me not giving up hope. You’ve been very much appreciated.

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