Acne can be one of the most distressing dermatological conditions to suffer from.

It typically affects younger men and women, during puberty, at a time when they are looking to find a partner and can be particularly distressing psychologically. Although it is often associated with adolescents, it can also relatively commonly affect older adults. It is normally managed by your GP using a combination of topical skin care products and prescription antibiotics. Occasionally, in severe cases, it can also be treated with a drug called Roaccutane under the supervision of a consultant dermatologist. Conventional antibiotic treatment or specialist treatment by a dermatologist is the mainstay of treatment for this condition. Occasionally, if you have a less severe form of acne, or if you do not wish to undergo conventional drug treatment, a treatment called Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) can help improve some of the symptoms.

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Non-surgical treatments for acne include:

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

This treatment uses very bright light, in a short burst, to target pigments within the skin. The pigments that are targeted are red and brown, which generates a burst of heat, which typically destroys red blood vessels and brown spots. In acne sufferers, this can help to reduce some of the redness associated with the spots as well as some of the brown marks that can be left on the skin after a previous spot has cleared. There is also some evidence that the heat generated can help to destroy some of the glands that produce the excess sebum also sometimes associated with acne. The treatment can be quite painful, but is usually over with very quickly.

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