How is acne caused?
Everyone has small holes in the skin that are hair follicles. Underneath the surface of the skin, there are glands which are called sebaceous glands and these produce an oil-type substance called sebum which is essential for ensuring skin and hair doesn’t dry out.
However, if the glands produce too much sebum, which can be triggered by hormones, the sebum can mix with dead skin cells to block the follicles.
What’s the difference between whiteheads, blackheads or acne cysts?
There are all types of acne. Whiteheads are caused when the follicle is blocked just below the surface of the skin, whereas blackheads are when that blocked follicle is open to the skin. If bacteria, which is always present on the skin, infects the blocked follicles it causes cysts, papules or pustules.
Acne treatments offered by The Specialist Skin Clinic
There is no one magic bullet for treating active acne or Acne Treatments. Doctor Maria Gonzalez has a wide range of possible treatments for acne and assesses every patient as an individual to produce an acne treatment programme that aims to manage what can be a very distressing condition. The goal is also to drastically reduce the amount of acne scarring that can result from acne outbreaks.