Acne is the most common chronic skin condition of adolescents. It tends to begin at puberty and affects almost all teenagers to some extent. For most people, it tends to disappear by the time they reach their mid-20s, but some people may continue to have acne into their 40s and 50s.
Although extremely common, this condition can be very distressing and unpleasant. The authors have great experience of managing acne in their patients and this book offers a mass of practical advice and information about dealing with the problem. It also casts light on the many myths and misconceptions about the potential causes and cures.
This book answers hundreds of real questions, providing:
Positive, practical advice on every aspect of living with acne - how to cure it, how to hide it, and how to deal with hard-to-manage episodes
Medically accurate and easy to understand answers to real questions from people with acne and their families
Information on the causes of acne and advice on the best ways to treat acne and care for your skin
Answers to all the questions you may feel embarrassed to ask your doctor
Details of organisations, helplines and websites for advice, products and help-groups
Questions from the book include:
I've started getting acne spots. How long do they last?
What is the difference between a whitehead and a yellowhead spot?
What causes acne?
My forehead is all spotty but I don't have acne anywhere else. Why is this?
I am 29 and have just started to get spots. Is this the same as teenage acne?
What should I tell my doctor?
What are the different types of treatment available?
How long will it be before I can expect to notice an improvement?
Is it true that dabbing toothpaste on a spot can help clear it up?
The doctor has prescribed Dianette for my acne, but I am only 15 and my mum will go mental if she thinks I'm on the pill. I don't even have a boyfriend so why am I on a contraceptive?
Are there any spots that I can squeeze?
I read in a women's magazine that isotretinoin (Roaccutane) can cure acne - is it really that good?
My friend had some very cold spray treatment to her raised scars. What was this?
What is the best way of covering my acne scars?
I'd quite like to see a homeopath for my acne. Is it very expensive?
Do I have to stop all my acne treatment if I get pregnant?
I want to use a facial wash. Which is the best one?
Why is something called non-comedogenic? What exactly does this mean?
Can I still use sunscreen even though I have acne?
What is the best skin-care routine?
My doctor has suggested that I see a psychologist. What use will that be? I want my skin to be better, not to talk about it.
I think I am going to have to start paying for my prescription. Is there any way I can reduce the cost?
Dr Tim Mitchell MBCHB, DRCOG, DPD is a General Practitioner at Montpelier Health Centre in Bristol, with a special interest in dermatology. He is a founder member and Secretary of the Primary Care Dermatology Society and an advisor to the Associate Parliamentary Group on Skin. Alison Dudley is Chief Executive of the Acne Support Group and a founder member and Director of the Skin Care Campaign. Alison is a guest lecturer for South Bank University, has toured the UK giving talks to GPs, nurses and pharmacists and had acne herself for a number of years.
Chapter 1: What is acne? Chapter 2: What causes acne? Chapter 3: You and your doctor. Chapter 4: Treatment from your GP. Chapter 5: Specialist treatments. Chapter 6: The physical scars. Chapter 7: Emotional scars. Chapter 8: Complementary and alternative treatment. Chapter 9: Sex, growing up and practical concerns. Chapter 10: Skin-care. Chapter 11: Research and future treatments. Glossary. Appendix 1: Useful addresses. Appendix 2: Useful publications.