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Overcoming Acne - Over 85% Affected

Dr Al RawiMany myths exist about the widespread skin condition of acne. Over 85% of people will suffer with acne to some degree in their lifetime and, of that figure, more than 80% of cases of adult acne occur in women. It is vital to see your GP at an early stage, if acne is causing you concern, as effective treatment,  which takes only about four months, for both men and women is available.

Acne is caused when tiny holes in the skin, known as hair follicles, become blocked. Excess sebum mixes with dead skin cells and form a plug in the follicle, creating blackheads or whiteheads. It is a myth to think that poor hygiene results in acne. Many cases of adult acne are caused by the changes in hormone levels that women may have at certain times, including periods, pregnancy and ovarian cysts.

Five consultant dermatologists with Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital are on hand to help. Dr Al-Rawi, along with Dr Al-Abadie, Dr Ramesh, Dr Varma and Dr Oliwieki are all consultant dermatologists at Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital. Looking ahead, on the evening of Thursday 9th November two dermatologists, Dr Haytham Al-Rawi and Dr Raakhee Ramesh will give talks on various skin conditions including general rashes, eczema, psoriasis and acne. Dr Ramesh will also focus on skin cancer and general conditions in children. To book a place at this free event at the private hospital, please ring: 01902 275253.

Consultant dermatologist and dermatological surgeon Dr Al-Rawi, explains about acne, “The important thing to know is that you are not on your own and it is unlikely to be caused by anything you have done. Increased hormone production has the effect of producing too much sebum for the skin’s needs. In women, another common cause is polycystic ovary syndrome which also leads to the formation of small cysts inside the ovary. Acne can run in families. So far, research hasn't found any foods that cause acne, so the chocolate connection is a misconception. However picking spots will significantly worsen the condition and leave scars.”

Dr Al-Rawi advises, “It is often very difficult for people, especially teenage boys and girls, to pluck up the courage to discuss this with a doctor. The treatments are effective and, once resolved, the skin will heal naturally and further treatment can help remove traces of scarring, where necessary. If you see your GP quickly, armed with this knowledge, the journey to good skin health can be so much shorter and smoother.”

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