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Acne Vulgari

Acne is a very common skin condition characterised by comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and pus-filled spots (pustules).

Acne signs and symptoms

It usually starts at puberty and varies in severity. It ranges from a few spots on the face, neck, back, and chest to a more significant problem that may cause scarring and impact on self-confidence. For the majority, it tends to resolve by the late teens or early twenties, but it can persist for longer in some people.

Acne can develop for the first time in people in their late twenties or even in their thirties. It can run in families, but most cases are sporadic and occur for unknown reasons.

We aim our dermatology treatment of acne at prevention of new spots and reduction in the risk of scarring.

Acne self-care

We suggest you use make-up products that are oil-free or water based, these ‘non-comedogenic’ products will prevent blackheads and blocking your skin pores.

Cleanse your skin and remove makeup with a mild soap or a gentle cleanser and water, or an oil-free soap substitute. Scrubbing too hard can irritate the skin and make your acne worse.

Acne treatment

Dermatology acne treatments fall into the following broad groups:

  • Topical treatments: those that we apply directly to the skin
  • Oral therapy: including antibiotics and Isotretinoin therapy

Most treatments take two to four months to produce their greatest effect.



If you are considering Acne treatment you can see our prices for treatment and consultation.

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Dr Jennifer Crawley

Consultant Dermatologist
Children & Adults

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Dr Angela Tewari

Consultant Dermatologist
Children & Adults

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Frequently Asked Questions.

You do not need to stop wearing makeup altogether, but you should try to use makeup that does not block your pores (noncomedogenic). If you notice that the use of a particular brand of makeup causes or exacerbates your acne then you should try other brands.


There is no single answer for any one person as it depends on several factors such as age, gender, and length of the condition. Treatments can involve topical creams or gels containing retinoid or benzoyl peroxide, oral antibiotics or hormone-blocking pills.

Most patients who have suffered from acne usually develop scars, we have treatments available at Clinica London for acne scars.

Acne is commonly linked to the hormonal change during puberty, but it can start or return during adulthood. Certain hormones cause grease-production glands next to hair follicles in the skin to produce an increased amount of oil, known as abnormal sebum

This changes the activity of usually harmless skin bacteria known as P. acnes to become aggressive, resulting in inflammation and pus. These hormones also thicken the inner lining of the hair follicle blocking the pores. Cleaning your skin will not help to remove this blockage, unfortunately.

If your acne is mild and not aggressive then you can speak to your pharmacist for advice on medicines or products that will help treat your condition. If these medicines are not controlling your acne or you are unhappy then you should book an appointment with your local GP.

In the meantime, do not pick or burst your spots and give any treatments some time to take effect, they can usually take up to three months to work

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