Acne Advice in the UK

Acne Support UK

There are many things that come and go through life that bring with them their own individual set of problems, but we tend to simply grin and bear it until it has passed. There is one, however, that cannot be hidden from, still carries a stigma and can cause the sufferer to hide away and become akin to a hermit due to embarrassment. This is acne, which in its most severe forms caused both physical and mental suffering to those inflicted by it.

Acne is one of the most common of all skin conditions and the sufferers aren’t determined by race or gender, neither are their ethnic backgrounds, environmental conditions or geographical locations in any way prevalent. A survey in the US revealed that around 31% of teenagers and 25% of adults admitted that severe outbreaks of acne stopped them from participating in certain social activities, which are worrying statistics.

The general consensus amongst dermatologists is that if you survive your teenage years without an outbreak of acne you are one of very few. Not to be confused with the odd spot, acne is widespread inflammation across the face and/or body that results in angry red pustules that is turn pop and ooze pus. These are effectively infected sebaceous glands that go hyperactive during the teenage years when hormone levels are rising faster than the dead skin can be shed.

Thankfully, in recent years there have been some significant breakthroughs in acne treatments, and several leading organisations now have online forums and websites offering advice and giving the latest information on all things acne related. The British Skin Foundation, the British Association of Dermatologists and the NHS Direct are great sources to turn to, whether you are an acne sufferer yourself or the parent of one.

The British Skin Foundation

Millions of pounds over the years have been spent by acne sufferers in a bid to make the scourge magically vanish, but that majority of that money will have resulted in nothing more than anger and frustration. The British Skin Foundation have conducted extensive research into both the causes and possible cures for acne, and their online forum for sufferers of all manner of skin disorders has proved to be a valuable tool of support for those who feel isolated due to their condition.

Access the British Skin Foundation online communities atwww.britishskinfoundation.org.uk/Community/Joinouronlineforum.aspx.

The British Association of Dermatologists

The British Association of Dermatologists has a whole host of factual patient information leaflets which are free to download and their acne PDF gives a whole host of information including clinically proven causes which dispels a lot of myths surrounding acne and giving sufferers a lot of the answers they have been seeking.

Patient Information leaflets published by the British Association of Dermatologists are available at www.bad.org.uk/site/792/default.aspx.

NHS Choices

The NHS Choices site gives advice on how acne can be controlled as, unfortunately, due to the fact that it is part of our natural development into adulthood, there is no known cure. Here you will find some simple steps to minimising the damage which acne can do to the skin in the long term, such as scarring, and can save you a lot of both time and money by letting you know which products are worth trying and which are simply useless.

The NHS Choices Acne Resources are available atwww.nhs.uk/conditions/Acne/Pages/Introduction.aspx