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Acne is common in teenagers and usually peaks at the age of 19 yrs old. For some it may grumble on for decades or appear for the first time in adulthood. The blackheads, spots, papules and cysts are mainly on the face but can also develop on the upper torso. The condition can be psychologically and socially debilitating leading to low self-esteem and depression.

Acne Scarring
If individual spots last more than 10 days then there is a high risk of that person eventually developing acne scars. Scars may be ice-pick, hypertrophic or atrophic. Certain topical anti-acne products may limit the development of scars. Scars can be improved but not eliminated by a range of dermatological treatments.

Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
Acne can cause marks especially in non-white skin. These can last for many years before fading - but some never fade away. Treatments are available to help remove these marks and prevent them happening.

Professional Experience in Acne
Managing acne as a consultant dermatologist since 2000
Research collaborator in:
Acne national genetics clinical trial 2009-2014

Acne Publications
Downs AMR Laser treatment in the Management of acne. International Laser Handbook 2005
Downs AMR, Condon CA, Tan R. Isotretinoin therapy for antibiotic-refractory acne in Apert’s syndrome. Clin Exp Derm 2000; 24:461-3
Downs AMR, Lear JT, Otely J, Kennedy CTC. HIV-associated eosinophilic folliculitis which responds to both dapsone and also low dose isotretinoin. Br J Sex Trends Dis 1998; 74:229-30

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Professional Services Offered by Dr Downs
1. Topical and oral treatments for active acne including isotretinoin
2. Management of acne cysts including steroid injections
3. Removal of post-inflammatory dark marks with topical treatments or lasers
4. Improvement of all types of acne scars with topical treatments, surgery, steroid injections, vascular lasers and fractionating lasers

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