Causes, Symptoms and treatments

Acne, a common skin condition, manifests as blackheads and whiteheads and pus-filled spots, impacting individuals from puberty onwards. While it often resolves by early adulthood, it can persist and lead to acne scarring, affecting self-confidence. At Thames, Dr Bravis offers advanced skin treatments designed to reduce acne breakouts and the appearance of acne scars effectively.


Acne is influenced by various factors.

  • Hormonal changes, especially during puberty, can increase sebum production, leading to clogged pores.
  • Genetics also play a significant role, as individuals with a family history of acne are more likely to experience it themselves.
  • Additionally, certain medications, hormonal fluctuations (such as those related to menstrual cycles), and dietary factors, like consuming high-glycemic foods or dairy, can exacerbate acne symptoms.

How we treat Acne in Thames Ditton

For persistent or severe acne, consulting a specialist for personalised treatment recommendations is recommended to avoid potential complications and ensure optimal results. Treatment options depend on acne type and severity:

  • Celluma Pro LED Therapy: Reduces inflammation and kills acne-causing bacteria, promoting faster healing of breakouts.
  • Chemical Peels: Unclogs pores and accelerates skin cell turnover, reducing acne lesions and preventing future breakouts.
  • Microneedling with Radiofrequency: Targets acne by reducing sebum production, shrinking oil glands, and improving overall skin texture and tone.
  • Medical-grade skincare products: Controls oil production, reduces inflammation, and promotes overall skin health to manage acne effectively.

When to seek treatment?

If acne persists or causes distressing symptoms like scarring, it’s essential to consult a skin specialist. At Thames, we offer personalised acne treatment solutions, including scientifically formulated skincare, skin peels, and medical prescriptions.
Founder and Principal Dentist, Dr Theodora Bravis, smiling in her clinic room at Thames Dental & Skin, in Thames Ditton, Surrey

Frequently Asked Questions

Can acne be prevented?

While some factors contributing to acne may be out of one’s control, there are steps individuals can take to reduce the likelihood of developing acne. Maintaining a consistent skincare routine tailored to your skin type, including gentle cleansing and moisturising, can help keep pores clear and reduce inflammation. Avoiding triggers such as harsh skincare products, excessive sun exposure, and picking or squeezing acne lesions can also prevent worsening symptoms. Additionally, adopting a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while minimising intake of processed foods and sugary snacks may help manage acne.

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Whether you're seeking to reverse the signs of ageing, enhance your appearance, or maintain your skin's health, Thames is your local partner in achieving your goals.

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