Common skin conditions and their treatments

Posted on 02 Dec, 2021

With the skin being the body’s largest organ, it is no wonder there are such an array of skin conditions, which affect millions of people across the UK. Receiving a diagnosis for a skin condition can often be confusing and leaves many people wondering what to do next. With so much information online, you can often find yourself falling down a research rabbit hole, feeling stuck and unsure what is the right treatment for you. At The Laser Treatment Clinic, we understand this feeling and want to offer some clarity and guidance for our skin patients. Here we have taken a look at some of the most common skin conditions and concerns, along with their causes and treatment options.

Acne

Acne is an extremely common skin condition, often affecting teenagers throughout their stages of puberty but can be found amongst adults in their 20s and 30s too. People with acne will experience various symptoms such as blackheads, spots, oily skin etc. This will most commonly affect areas of the face, although can appear across the back and chest. 

Although, much like many other skin conditions, the cause of acne is not easily identified, there are ways this can be treated. For example: 

  • Topical creams and ointments 
  • Antibiotics 
  • For some women, contraceptive pills can be prescribed
  • Laser treatments and skin care plans 

Acne Scarring

As a result of acne many people will also experience acne scarring. This is where the skin will scar due to the follicle walls becoming damaged. Scarring is a natural response to healing from the body, although this is normal, many people will seek treatments to minimise the appearance of scars. 

Treatments may include: 

  • Topical creams 
  • Laser treatments 
  • Dermabrasion 

In order to access skin treatments for acne scarring, it is advised that all active acne is treated first. 

Rosacea 

Rosacea is a long-term skin condition which typically affects women over the age of 30. Often these women will have a fairer complexion. Initial signs of rosacea will include redness and irritation, often accompanied with dry skin and patches of dis-colouration. For people diagnosed with rosacea there are a selection of treatments available, although results tend to differ for each individual. You may be recommended the following treatments: 

  • Prescriptions for creams and gels to ease the redness and irritation, keeping your skin moisturised
  • Antibiotics for a course of time, this may help to target the cause of your rosacea 
  • IPL (intense pulsed light) treatment – which we offer at The Laser Treatment Clinic, this works to target the blood vessels below the affected skin to reduce the redness. 

In order to maintain rosacea symptoms, doctors and dermatologists will also recommend keeping track of triggers which may be causing symptoms to worsen. For example, consuming alcohol and certain foods.

London based skin treatments 

At our Harley Street Clinic, we offer skin treatments for a wide range of skin conditions. Our team of skin experts are well experienced in offering their advice and guidance when it comes to determining the best plan of action for your skin. Having worked with a variety of skin types, including Asian Arabic and Black Afro Caribbean, we have built a base of loyal clients which is ever-growing! If you, like millions of others across the UK, are experiencing a common skin condition, take a look at the treatments we offer and get in touch to book an initial skin consultation with a member of the team. We look forward to hearing from you and starting you on the journey to rejuvenated skin.