Get clear of Acne

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Acne is a skin condition that affects most of us at some point in our lives. In extreme cases it can have a detrimental effect on self-confidence and body image. If you suffer from acne, Health Plus Pharmacy can help. Book an appointment so we can asses which acne treatment is the most suitable and prescribe this for you. If approved, your treatment can either be collected or delivered.

What is acne?

The majority of those affected by acne, will experience spots, oily skin and redness, particularly to the face. However, some people will also have back acne, and up to 15% of people will experience chest acne.

In the most part acne will consist of a combination of blackheads, whiteheads and small red bumps called papules, or white tipped spots called pustules. Some people also experience large hard lumps called nodules, as well as cysts which have the appearance of boils and are the most likely to cause acne scarring.

Teenagers are the group most affected by the condition, however it is the case that some people experience adult acne.

What causes acne?

In the most part acne is caused by changing hormone levels during puberty, the menstrual cycle and pregnancy. During these times our bodies may produce larger amounts of oil than usual, causing blocked pores which creates inflammation, this can then also become infected.

Any other situation that may cause clogged pores such as heavy makeup, sweating or tight clothing can also exacerbate the condition.

What acne treatments are there?

There are a wide range of options available for treating the condition, from topical creams and lotions to specific antibiotics for acne and combined treatments. It is also worth trying to avoid any triggers that exacerbate your acne, giving your skin the time to breathe and respond to acne treatment.

We can prescribe the use of a topical lotion such as Epiduo or a daily antibiotic combined with a gel or cream such as Doxycycline and Duac, women can also be prescribed the contraceptive pill Co-cyprindiol sometimes known by the brand name ‘Dianette’ in conjunction with a cream. Depending on the patient and condition these treatments could help to manage your acne.

You can get free over-the counter advice and medicines via Common ailments NHS scheme. Visit your local Health Plus Pharmacy in Cardiff and Pontypool to see how we can help you. 

Topical Gel Treatments Available

Clindamycin and tretinoin (Treclin®)

Isotretinoin (Isotrex®)

Isotretinoin and erythromycin (Isotrexin®)

Azelaic Acid (Skinoren®)

What is the best treatment to get rid of acne?

These are all good basic skin regimens that may help with the acne battle:

  1. Cleanse gently twice daily.
  2. Apply a gel or cream containing 5% benzoyl peroxide; an alternative is sulfur or resorcinol.
  3. At night, apply a spot cream containing sulfur to the affected areas.
  4. Use a light skin moisturizer and water-based makeup.

What foods are bad for acne?

7 foods that can cause acne:

  1. Refined Grains and Sugars.
  2. Fast Food.
  3. Foods Rich in Omega-6 Fats.
  4. Chocolate.
  5. Whey Protein Powder.
  6. Foods You’re Sensitive To.

What foods help clear skin?

Some studies suggest certain foods can help get rid of acne and improve skin health, but there is no definitive food “cure.” Before modifying your diet, it’s important to talk to your doctor to make sure any changes you make won’t harm your health.

The best diet advice in dealing with acne appears to be eating a wholesome, balanced diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy protein sources, and whole grains.

Some skin-friendly food choices include:

  1. Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables such as carrots, apricots, and sweet potatoes
  2. Spinach and other dark green and leafy vegetables
  3. Tomatoes
  4. Blueberries
  5. Whole-wheat bread
  6. Whole-wheat bread
  7. Brown rice
  8. Quinoa
  9. Turkey
  10. Pumpkin seeds
  11. Beans, peas, and lentils
  12. Salmon, mackerel, and other kinds of fatty fish
  13. Nuts

Everyone’s body is different, and some people find that they get more acne when they eat certain foods. Under your doctor’s supervision, it can be helpful to experiment with your diet to see what works best for you. Always take into account any food allergies or sensitivities you may have when planning your diet.

How can I prevent pimples on my face permanently?

Here are 14 of them:

  1. Properly wash your face
  2. Know your skin type. Anyone can get pimples, no matter their skin type
  3. Moisturize skin
  4. Use over-the-counter acne treatments
  5. Stay hydrated
  6. Limit makeup
  7. Don’t touch your face
  8. Limit sun exposure
  9. Don’t be a pimple popper
  10. Try tea tree oil
  11. Use antibiotics
  12. Apply French green clay
  13. Avoid certain foods
  14. Reduce stress

Will I have acne forever?

Most often, acne will go away on its own at the end of puberty, but some people still struggle with acne in adulthood. Almost all acne can be successfully treated, however it’s a matter of finding the right treatment for you. Book an appointment with one of your local Health Plus Pharmacies so we can asses which acne treatment is the most suitable and prescribe this for you.

Can I get some Acne treatments free via the Common Ailment NHS Scheme?

Yes you can receive free advice and acne treatments via the Common ailment NHS scheme.

Book and appointment with your local Health Plus Pharmacist in Cardiff or Pontypool to take advantage of the Common Ailment NHS Scheme