Dr Latheef runs the largest dedicated acne clinic in Leeds where he treats patients with the full range of treatment options available including the very effective oral Isotreinoin and hormonal treatments. He is also able to advise on treatments for various types of acne scarring and prevention of acne recurrence.
Acne is a very common skin condition that can cause significant psychological upset and Dr Latheef recognises the significant impact that this can have and takes this into consideration when devising treatment plans. Acne is a condition that requires swift medical treatment in order to avoid scarring.
Acne affects males and females of all races. It is more commonly seen in teenagers and young adults, with 85% of 16-18 year olds affected. However it does occur in children and frequently in adults of all ages, including a subset in women in their thirties.
Acne is characterised by comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and pus-filled spots (pustules).
It usually starts at puberty and varies in severity from a few spots on the face, back and chest, which most adolescents will have at some time, to a more serious problem that may be embarrassing, sap self-confidence and cause scarring.
The first sign of acne is usually an increase in oil on the surface of the skin. This occurs due to over production of oil from the oily glands (sebaceous glands) in the skin. At the same time, the dead skin cells lining the pores are not shed properly and clog up the follicles. forming dilated open pores, blackheads and whiteheads ( when the oil clogs the pore under the skin). A bacteria called propionibacterium acnes is attracted to these clogged pores further worsening the problem.
The sebaceous (oil-producing) glands of people who get acne are particularly sensitive to normal blood levels of a hormone called testosterone, which is present in both men and women. There is also evidence that inflammation and stress also have an effect on oil production from the oil glands.
There a number of treatments for acne based on the severity and sites affected including topical treatments, antibiotics, hormonal treatments and the much stronger Isotretinoin (Roaccutane). Dr Latheef will discuss all the available treatment options with you before helping you choose a treatment option that suits your acne type as well as your lifestyle and preferences. He is also able to advise on treatments for various types of acne scarring and prevention of acne recurrence.
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