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How to get rid of white spots on your face?

March 17th, 2016

White spots and marks on the face and skin are more common than you may think and there are a few possible causes. Vitiligo is a condition where the pigment is lost causing whitish patches. Often there is no clear reason for this and unfortunately the patches are usually permanent. The severity varies from person to person. This condition usually occurs when there is a lack of melanin in the affected areas of skin. Melanin is produced by special skin cells and this is what gives your skin its colour. It is thought that you are most likely to be affected by this Vitiligo if you have an auto immune problem or if someone you're related to already suffers from this condition.

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Causes of white spots

Other white spots such as Melia can also appear these are often mistaken for pimples when in fact they are keratin filled cysts. There are generally two types of Millia, one may result from oil glands that have not fully developed and the other can result from a trauma to the skin. You may notice that babies can have these dotted over their skin.

There are many causes for white spots/marks on your face and if you are to treat this area you will need to know what it is you're dealing with. Fungal infections can affect the pigmentation of your skin causing white patches/spots to appear. These can usually be treated effectively with the correct prescription. Your skin is the largest organ of the body and it needs to be treated with respect. When you're in the sun you must make sure you're using the right spf factor as sun damage can have serious harmful effects. The consumption of certain vitamins and minerals is one of the most effective ways to treat skin conditions and in addition improve the skin's health.

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Spot the problem

Our skin is precious, acne not only affects the appearance it can also have a damaging effect on the mind causing depression and a lack of self confidence. Understanding what your skin is telling you is an important factor when tackling the problem. Face mapping can give a good indication as to why spots are appearing. Splitting the face into zones to highlight problems such as hormones, digestive, stress, kidney problems etc can help to indicate what it is that your body is lacking and how to improve its health.

If you are concerned then you should seek advice from a medical professional. They will be able to determine what condition you are suffering from and what action to take.Visit our directory, to find your local Acne Clinic.

When does acne stop?

March 14th, 2016

Age does not determine whether or not you will get acne. There are various reasons why pimples, spots and cysts form affecting your skin. Teenagers often suffer from this condition as their body experiences hormonal imbalances during their teenage years. It can be that there is an influx or that you have a drop in the specific hormones you need to keep that healthy glow. This is a normal part of growing up and your body should start to regulate by itself. If you're experiencing hormone imbalances for other reasons then a medical professional may be able to help you.

Bacteria on the skin is normal and there are some bacteria which we need in order to have a healthy complexion. The two main offenders for causing acne are Propionibacterium and Staphylococcus. The former infects the skin's surface and sits in the pores. There are two strains of this bacteria, one of which promotes normal healthy skin while the other promotes acne. Where both of these bacteria are present acne is sure to form. They change the working of the skin by causing more sebum production, clogging the skin's pores and causing inflammation.

When does acne stop..

Cosmetics can help you to cover up any unwanted spots, but you should do so with trepidation. By continuing with cosmetics you're clogging the pores and spreading bacteria. In addition, you're transferring the bacteria from your face to your cosmetics themselves - this is unfortunately a ‘catch 22’ situation. Some skin can react badly to certain products; not everything works in harmony. If you're suffering with an outbreak, then your skin is already at high sensitivity and by putting on makeup you could anger your already inflamed complexion.

How long does Acne last?

There is unfortunately no given timescale for acne to clear, but if you suffer from this condition there are ways you can prevent outbreaks. Make sure you have a good cleansing routine to remove all dirt and bacteria. There are steroids that can be prescribed; Roaccutane capsules are good for more severe acne and work by reducing the production of the skin's natural oils.

Acne refers to the skin's condition; pimples can form acne and they are the individual lumps that appear on the face or body. Pustules are small blisters or spots on the skin that contain pus and nodules are the large, hard, painful bumps that appear under the skin's surface.

How to stop Acne

The best way to stop acne is to visit your dermatologist or a specialist practitioner to determine why you are getting acne and what type you suffer from. There are many ways to eradicate the spots, one being with the use of laser and light therapy.

TheraClear is an acne treatment which combines light and vacuum for fast and visible reduction in acne and associated redness. This acne treatment system is a state of the art treatment device that addresses multiple causes of acne in just one treatment.

Theraclear, when does acne stop.

Whatever option you choose, please don’t fret - understand this is a common problem for many of us!

To find your local practitioner, click here to look at Acne Clinic UK’s directory.

The Essential Guide to Teenage Skin

March 14th, 2016

Understand your skin

To be able to remove unwanted spots, you need to realise why you are getting them. Teenage skin can be some of the hardest skin types to understand due to the constant changes we are experiencing.

Hormones play a massive part in our skin's health; we need them to make it 'glow' but if the balance shifts then the pimples can start to rear their ugly heads.

Blemishes and breakouts occur when the pores clog with dead skin cells and sebum (which is a natural oil that is produced by the skin). There are two levels of clogged pores; if the clogging occurs near the surface of the skin,whiteheads/blackheads appear but if it happens further down in the skin's layers it can cause pimples and acne cysts.

There are many natural remedies that can help to remove spots. Cupboard staples such as lemon juice and honey can reduce the appearance of spots due to the natural antibacterial properties that they contain and they can also dry out the pimples.

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Natural skin care can give your largest organ in the body the right amount of vitamins it needs to work efficiently. Organic skin care uses the natural products of plants to rejuvenate your skin and these products are very good for people who have sensitive skin.

Maintaining a balance between good and bad bacteria has benefits beyond the digestive tract; it can also affect the health of your skin. Probiotics provide your body with 'good' bacteria that is otherwise missing. Providing your body with the correct fuel allows it to work at its highest potential:

  • Drinking green tea will help due to its high level of antioxidants and it is also thought to reduce inflammation.
  • Deep cleansing your skin is essential to remove any unwanted dirt that sits in your pores.
  • Avoiding junk food will help to stop overproduction of oils, therefore enabling your skin to breathe and allowing the correct amount of oil production.
  • Replenishing your skin with the correct nutrients is paramount and this includes hydration.
  • Make sure you drink water regularly. This doesn't include teas and coffees which contain caffeine, as caffeine can have negative effects.

Tips to look your best

There are many ways in which you can help your skin to look its best and these can usually be a 'way of life', for example:

  • Making sure you wear the correct SPF factor to protect your skin from harmful rays.
  • Exfoliate regularly to remove dirt and dead skin cells although too much can disrupt the natural protective oils.
  • Smoking and alcohol both have damaging effects not only on the body but also on the skin and its appearance.
  • Make sure you have a balanced diet and exercise regularly as by doing so you will be able to get a better night's sleep and in turn your skin have the rest it needs.

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Skin specialists

If you are worried, or these tips are not helping you in the right way, you can always seek the help of a skincare specialist for more advice. Acne scarring and acne breakouts may need more attention and a professional will be able to help you with this. Take a look at Acne Clinic UK’s database of specialist practitioners.

Top 4 Teenage Skin problems

March 10th, 2016

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Being a teenager can be hard as our bodies experience various changes and many of these are visible on the skin.

What are the top 4 types of skin problems in teenagers?


1. Spots, pimples and acne are just some of the hardships for teenage skin.

These outbursts can appear at different levels of severity but they can all cause insecurities and even depression. When we are teenagers, our hormones are in abundance allowing spots and acne to form. Hormones don't just stop there; they can cause an increase in the size of sebaceous glands and the amount of oil they produce creates a perfect 'home' for spots.

2. Stress can play havoc with not only our mind, but our skin too. During extremely stressful periods, you may not only find that you have more breakouts, but sometimes breakouts can be worse than ever and you may develop a rash, too. This is called a ‘stress rash’ and can appear anywhere on the body. It can be itchy; it can have raised bumps; it can be sore to the touch and sometimes even cause a burning sensation.

3. Eczema: Stress and hormones alone are enough to deal with but it doesn't stop there. Eczema is a skin condition that can appear anywhere on the body. Appearing in patches, the skin becomes rough and inflamed, which can also cause itching and even bleeding. Although the cause of Eczema is unknown, it is thought to be brought on through allergies and stress, and can also be hereditary.

4. Sweating, night sweats and hot flushes are also something a lot of us teenagers have to deal with. Hormones can cause an imbalance in the body, whether you have too many or not enough.

Being a teenager can be a difficult time and these are just a few of the things that we may have to face. If you are struggling with a condition, then always seek the help of a professional.


How do you get rid of spots?

teenagers skincare guideThere are many ways to get rid of spots, from home remedies to over the counter medications, and sometimes more serious solutions. Home remedies can work if you use something such as lemon juice (this has natural antibiotic properties and can dry up the pimples). If you decide to use cleansers, then always make sure you choose the ones best suited to your skin and ensure they are not oil-based products.


General skin care tips

To give your skin the best chance of a ‘healthy glow’, you need to make sure that you have a good skin care routine. Ensure that any products you use are not oil based as this can have a negative effect. Removing any grease from day to day moisturisers and skin products is essential, as is replenishing any vitamins that may have been lost.


Skin specialists

Acne Clinic UK has a database of experienced specialist skin practitioners. Search our directory for a specialist near you.

Rosacea Natural Treatment

February 16th, 2016

If you're one of the unlucky ones who suffers with Rosacea then don't worry, there may not be a cure but there are many ways in which this condition can be managed. Rosacea is more common than people think.

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Suffering with Rosacea

Rosacea is a condition where the blood vessels can enlarge giving the skin a flushed, red appearance. In addition to this it can also cause skin thickening, (especially around the nose area), pimples and even soreness of the skin. If these weren't bad enough, some sufferers have also complained about dry/watery, stingy eyes which is brought on by the condition.

Rosacea can cause the sufferer to become self-conscious and sometimes even depressed. It is a condition that cannot be cured but there are many ways to manage it, from normal, prescription drugs to light or laser therapies that are available to help control the condition.

The cause of Rosacea is not known although it has been suggested that it can be hereditary. Skin can become very sensitive to different products and makeup and even to the elements, from the coldness of the wind to the heat of the sun.

Preventing Rosacea breakouts

rosacea breakoutsThere is no known cause, but people believe diet and the wrong type of cream for the face can be factors. You should regularly clean pillow cases and sponges that come into contact with the face, and avoid makeup that can cause a reaction. The best way to control Rosacea is to have a good cleansing routine and avoid any creams that may irritate your skin allowing it to breathe without makeup or any face products is important. Keeping everything that comes into contact with your skin clean is paramount to reducing the spread of any bacteria.

Natural treatments for Rosacea

fruit and vegetables to stop breakoutsProviding your body with the right nutrients and vitamins will not only give your body, but your skin the correct fuel to work at full capacity. Apple Cider Vinegar is a good internal cleanser; it can eradicate the toxins from the body, allowing it to work at full potential. Consuming probiotics on a daily basis can provide your body with those important nutrients and giving your body the best start will in turn replenish your skin and help with any unwanted problems.

Professional help to treat Rosacea

Whether you are suffering with mild, moderate or severe rosacea, you should seek advice from a professional. Sometimes prescription medication doesn't work, but there are private treatments that can help. Acne Clinic UK's practitioners can help you find the correct form of management for your condition.

How to remove blackheads?

February 11th, 2016

blackheads treatment londonMost people will suffer with some form of skin complaint, from something as small as the odd spot to full blown acne. Whatever you suffer with, please don't despair as there are treatments that can help.

What causes blackheads?

Blackheads are bumps on the skin that are usually caused by clogged hair follicles. These are called blackheads as the surface can appear darker. The reason that they have the darker spots is because the oil that caused the spot has come in contact with the air and has become oxidised forming the darker patch. The nose and face can be quite oily due to the sebaceous glands that lie underneath the skin and these may not only cause spots but may increase the chance of having blackheads.

How to treat and prevent blackheads

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Contrary to popular belief, the black marks in blackheads are not flakes of dirt, as previously explained. Therefore scrubbing your face to get rid of these marks is not advisable. Keeping a good skin cleansing routine will help with the eradication of spots, not just blackheads. Always use products that work for your skin; trial and error can sometimes be the best method here.

Blackheads are caused by oxidation of oil and can only happen if the pores are open. An egg white mask can help as not only are eggs rich in vitamins, but they will also help with tightening your skin and therefore closing the pores and preventing blackheads from forming.

Baking soda is another cupboard staple that can work wonders for blackheads: mix a little with water and smooth onto your problem areas but don't overdo it as this can really dry out your skin. The baking soda can act as a natural exfoliant, removing unwanted dirt and bacteria. To treat your blackheads the best way you will need to know what type of skin you have. Once you have established if your skin is oily, dry, normal, a combination of these, or sensitive then you will be able to find the products best suited to you.

Seek professional advice for blackheads

If you think you are suffering with blackheads and it is a problem for you, you should always seek advice from a professional such as your GP or even better, a specialist in spots and acne. If you are looking for a professional and your nearest Acne Clinic UK practitioner, then follow this link: http://www.acneclinicuk.co.uk/directory. Finding the correct professional for you can help eradicate unwanted spots by targeting the correct areas with the correct form of treatment.

Skin Problems and Treatments

February 9th, 2016

Common skin problems not only include acne, but also rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and many more. These can all have a dramatic affect on our lives and can cause extremely low self-confidence.

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Acne can be brought on by various different factors such as diet, lifestyle, hormones and stress. It can appear anywhere on the body, although it is most common on the face. The treatments for this can vary from home remedies to prescribed medication depending on the severity. Find your local acne specialist here.

Rosacea is a condition which can cause the sufferer to flush much more than normal. It can cause thickening of the skin, especially on and around the nose. Rosacea also can appear as pus filled spots and pimples; this can have an effect on the eyes causing them to become dry or even watery. Rosacea usually treated by oral medication, creams and lasers.

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Eczema is an umbrella term for many skin conditions that cause dry, flaky, itchy skin. Eczema causes are unknown but it is thought to be triggered by allergens or lifestyle and it can also sometimes be hereditary. The treatments that are available are usually oral medication and topical lotions.

Psoriasis is the result of your immune system producing skin cells too quickly, causing patches of skin which are scaly and usually in areas such as elbows, knees, scalp and lower back. Psoriasis can heal up and come back throughout your life. It is usually treated with oral medications, creams and light therapy.

Professional advice for skin problems

If you're suffering with any skin condition you should seek professional advice to find the most suitable treatment. If you are suffering with psoriasis or eczema you may be prescribed topical steroids. For acne and rosacea there are medicinal and topical treatments available and a professional practitioner might advise you to try these before looking for other solutions.

What causes spots around the mouth?

February 8th, 2016

Spots around the mouth are usually down to hormones, stress, or even the wrong cosmetic products.

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Suffering with spots around the mouth

Spots can be the bane of your life, especially when they are situated on your face; they can be really hard to hide or ‘cover-up’ around the mouth and jaw line. The face can be compartmentalised, each area giving you clues as to why you are getting spots - this is called face mapping. Spots around the mouth and jaw line are more often than not put down to hormones; you may find that you have more breakouts in this area during that time of the month or even in stressful situations. Acne is most common on the face although it does appear on other parts of the body. It is often brought on through overactive sebaceous glands and these can be found predominantly on the face, back, neck, chest and buttocks. Spots around the mouth, if in vast quantities and coupled with other factors, can also be a sign of other health conditions.

Best ways to treat spots around the mouth

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Mild sufferers can use home remedies and topical treatments to treat spots and pimples
  • Ice can be used to bring down swelling and reduce redness of the pimples. Ice can also tighten the skin and improve blood circulation.
  • Lemon juice is rich in Vitamin C and can be used to dry up the pimples.
  • Steaming your skin opens up pores and allows your skin to breathe, removing any dirt/bacteria that may be trapped.
  • Benzoyl peroxide is a common ingredient in many acne treatments including over the counter products.
  • Tea tree oil has excellent antibacterial properties.

The above are just a few of the many home remedies/treatments that are available to help with the eradication of acne. It is sometimes best to speak to a professional who can not only prescribe treatments but can also give advice on the best treatments for you.

TheraClear

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TheraClear is a treatment for acne which combines light and vacuum for fast and visible reduction in acne and redness. This treatment can target multiple causes of acne in just one treatment. Laser therapy can be the best treatment for acne as it is fast and can target the areas that have spots, pimples and redness. To find your local specialist that can treat you with TheraClear please click here.

TheraClear - What can it do?

January 27th, 2016

Laser skin treatment for acne

laser treatment for spotsYou may have heard about the revolutionary TheraClear device, which treats acne with both light and vacuum technology. But what makes TheraClear so great?

TheraClear treat the causes of Acne

Firstly, the TheraClear Acne System is the only device and technology that addresses multiple causes of acne in one, single treatment. The TheraClear device targets acne bacteria, hyperactive sebaceous glands and blocked pores.

Choosing treatment with TheraClear allows for fresher, clearer skin. TheraClear works by clearing the sebum, which is an integral, contributory factor in all causes of acne. Although the causes of any acne lesion can be multifactorial, blocked sebum is always at the root of the problem and TheraClear works by clearing this. By getting rid of the sebum and any follicular contents, the various inflammatory cytokines that are found in the sebum are immediately extracted; inflammatory free fatty acids and peroxidomes are also removed.

It’s simple – remove the sebum, remove the main problem and cause of the acne lesions.

How is the sebum removed?

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Because the dermal/epidermal barrier is compromised, if you apply pressure on the sebum without a corresponding pressure on the dermis then the sebum will be forced out of the infundibulum and into the dermis. It is so important that this doesn’t happen, but unfortunately this is often the result of traditional extraction methods.

TheraClear works by placing a vacuum chamber over the acne lesion, applying the correct kind of pressure to both the dermis surrounding the lesion and also to the sebum that is inside the lesion.

Advanced Vacuum & Light Technology

TheraClear combines both the vacuum component with filtered broad band light technology. The device delivers broad band light and also a gentle vacuum suction to the desired treatment area. To find out more about the device specifications please click here.

Treatment with TheraClear – What are the benefits?


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  1. No patient downtime
  2. Treatment delivered in just 10 minutes
  3. No pain
  4. Noticeable improvement after just one treatment
  5. Often requires less that 6 treatments to achieve optimum results
  6. No pre-treatment anaesthetics or gels required
  7. Effective on mild to moderate inflammatory acne, comedonal and pustular acne
  8. Use of personal treatment inserts to maintain hygiene and eliminate risks of cross-contamination

Enquire about the TheraClear Device

If you are a patient looking for treatment with the TheraClear device please click here to find your local Acne Specialist.

If you are a practitioner looking to learn more about the TheraClear device please contact wlaubscher@acneclinicuk.com.

HOW TO GET RID OF YOUR SPOTS FAST?

January 22nd, 2016

how to get rid of acne fastAcne is a skin condition that affects the vast majority of the population at some point in their lives. The condition can vary from minor to severe.

What causes spots?

Pimples and annoying spots on the face can cause self consciousness and make life that little bit harder. Acne usually occurs in puberty but can affect adults too. Spots are caused by many factors from hormonal changes, overactive sebaceous glands, blocked pores, bacteria and bad hygiene.

Ways to get rid of pimples on your face

facial acne The best way to fight pimples on the face is to keep a good cleansing routine. Making sure the area is always clean and dry will help in the reduction of the spread of bacteria. Some over the counter products are aimed at preventing and eradicating facial acne, always look for the ones that are not too oil based.

  • Toothpaste is a staple in everyone's cupboard and using this to cover the spots can dry them out and in turn lessen the affected area but make sure you cover the spots only 
  • Facial masks can provide nutrients to the skin and they can also soothe the skin from the harsh daily elements. 
  • Try and use natural products such as lemon juice and honey. These both have natural antibacterial elements and can be extremely helpful with reducing bacteria, soothing inflamed skin and keeping the area clean and dry. Not only will lemon juice help with cleansing the area it is also known to reduce the colour of brown spots which are different from acne scars. 

The biggest factor that can play a large part in keeping those spots at bay is diet. Providing your body with the correct fuel is vital to ensure you get the right amount of nutrients and vitamins.

Laser Treatment for Acne

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TheraClear can get rid of your facial spots with laser and light technology. This treatment can successfully work on various types of acne in just one treatment from minor to severe cases. It uses a vacuum to deep cleanse the pores and extract the blocked sebaceous material, with a combination of broadband light to destroy the bacteria, reduce sebum production, redness and any pigment changes associated with acne.

Specialists at Acne Clinic UK

To find a specialist from Acne Clinic UK the follow the link acneclinicuk.co.uk/directory.

All of our professionals are fully qualified acne specialists.

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