Are you suffering from Acne

Acne (spots, pimples, zits) is the most common skin disease affecting 99% of the population. Most people wrongly perceive their acne as a ‘cosmetic problem’ and seek solutions from pharmacies and beauticians instead of seeking a medical treatment approach by an experienced doctor. 

Acne treatment Dublin

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You can see a Dermatologist in the next 7 days

Book an appointment today with Dr Sharon Dillon who has 10 years of experience treating acne. She has a Masters in Dermatology from Cardiff University. You can book an initial consultation online or face to face.

Dr Dillon takes a medical approach to treating  acne. She will recommend a skin care plan and medications based on your needs. The treatments used are all evidence-based and backed up by clinical trials. She aims for total clearance of acne and in most cases this can be achieved. 

You may be asked to visit for blood tests to confirm your diagnosis of acne and start you on the right treatment plan.

Most patients start to get relief within a few weeks of beginning treatment. After a few months our patients report that they have regained their lost confidence.

What is Acne?

Acne effects 99% of the population . Acne usually occurs in adolescence and can persist into the 20’s, 30’s and even 40’s. Adult acne is also very common. Acne most often occurs on the face. Back acne,  shoulder acne  and chest acne are also very common. 

What causes Acne?

Acne is mainly caused by sex hormones and  is aggravated by the rubbing caused by masks, occlusive cosmetic creams, camouflage creams and picking.

Acne is not caused by poor diet. 

Stress causes an increase in cortisol  which also causes acne.

Acne can be persistent 

If your acne  isn’t responding to your skin care treatment  regime, contact our Acne Clinic. LINK You may need antibiotics to clear up bacterial infection or Isotretinoin/ Roaccutane to treat your acne.

Other treatments

To make a general dermatology appointment (rosacea , eczema, psoriasis, fungal infections, skin rashes etc) please contact us. 

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What is the recommended treatment for Mild to Moderate acne 

Topical prescription medications such as tretinoin and benzoyl peroxide and  oral antibiotics most commonly used would be Lymecycline. It’s used in the treatment of moderate acne . Most systemic antibiotics are prescribed for a period of 6 months. There is also a place  for the combined oral contraception pill in some cases.

Oral treatment such as Isotretinoin (Roaccutane) are reserved for moderate and severe acne.

What is the best treatment for severe nodulocystic acne and scarring acne? 

Roaccutane or Isotretinoin is an oral vitamin A derivative, used in the treatment of  severe acne, acne not responding to conventional treatments, unresponsive acne or acne with scarring. Patients are carefully selected before starting on this treatment. 

As acne patients generally are a more psychologically vulnerable group, they are carefully monitored during the course of treatment with a monthly physical or virtual appointment. Blood tests to monitor lipid levels and liver function  are done before commencing Roaccutane  and during the treatment course.  Female patients must have a negative pregnancy test on a monthly basis. 

Roaccutane is only prescribed by Consultant Dermatologists or by doctors with experience in its use. 

Patients with severe acne and scarring acne say that the results from

treatment with Roaccutane are life changing, with patients reporting long lasting physical and psychological benefits.

Can I Book an Online Consultation for Acne Treatment?

Yes, please contact us here 

If you are a suitable candidate for Roaccutane treatment, a blood tests and a urine test will be required. You will be required to attend our Dublin city centre clinic for these tests. 

Dr Dillon has been specialising in treating Acne for 10 years.  Roaccutane is an extremely effective treatment for acne, when used correctly in selected patients and under careful medical supervision. Roaccutane can offer a permanent solution to what can be a devastating skin issue.

How much does a Dermatology Consultation Cost?

Your initial consultation is €110.

Follow up (physical or online) consultations are €110.

Acne blood tests are €45.

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