Acne is surprisingly common – in fact, it is the most common skin condition in the UK, affecting an estimated 80% of the population at some point. 

acne vulgarisAlthough it is commonly associated with puberty and the teenage years, it can continue into adulthood with some people suffering into their 30’s and beyond.

Acne is most commonly seen on the face, chest or back and its very visibility is part of the problem for the sufferer, as it is a very public condition.

What Causes Acne?

Acne is caused by the body’s immunity system, which can trigger an inflammatory response to the bacteria living in the skin.

P. acnes is the name of the bacteria which causes acne. The bacteria grows predominantly in sebaceous glands, which produce sebum or oil within the skin.

Acne is characteristically seen as:

  • redness
  • blackheads
  • whiteheads
  • pustules/cysts which can become inflamed

Acne Treatment

It is important to treat acne in order to avoid the potential for acne scarring in the future.

Treatment options

  • Cleaning the skin is important to remove excess sebum and reduce growth of the bacteria. However, this is not always enough
  • Topical products can be purchased to control the oiliness of the skin and the growth of the bacteria
  • Professional treatments are available which can be helpful.
    • GeneO+ medical facial a comprehensive treatment which provides intensive exfoliation to smooth the skin before infusion, oxygenation, tightening and contouring processes
    • Dermaroller works to stimulate the skin’s own healing system and boost collagen production
    • IPL treatment for acne rosacea
    • Chemical peels to remove the top surface of dead skin cells, promoting new cell growth


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About Quinn Clinics

Established in 2006 by Dr John Quinn, Quinn Clinics is Bristol’s only independent Doctor-led skin clinic registered with the CQC.

Skin treatments include the full range of anti-ageing, cosmetic and medical skin procedures, to tackle everything from sun damage and wrinkles to hyperpigmentation, thread veins or excessive sweating.

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Address: 4 Redland Court Road, Bristol, BS6 7EE

Telephone: +44 (0) 117 924 4592


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