Acne and rosacea


Our acne and rosacea service offers appointments with a dermatologist in an outpatient setting.

Conditions and treatment


Acne is a very common skin condition 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, neck, back and chest – which most adolescents will have at some time – to a more significant problem that may cause scarring and affect self-confidence. For most people, it tends to resolve by the late teens or early twenties, but for some it can last longer. If you have acne but have had no success with over-the-counter products then it’s probably time for you to visit your doctor. In general, most treatments take two to four months to produce their maximum effect.


Rosacea is a common rash, usually occurring on the face, which predominantly affects both middle-aged (40 to 60 years old) and fair-skinned people. It’s more common in women, but tends to be more severe in men. It’s a chronic condition and the severity tends to come and go. Rosacea mostly affects the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose, and is characterised by redness, dilated blood vessels, small red bumps and pus-filled spots (sometimes these may only be visible with a magnifying glass), often with a tendency to blush easily. There may also be uncomfortable inflammation of the eyes and eyelid.

We treat complex acne that is often resistant to other treatments. We offer laser treatment for some patients for both acne and rosacea and provide treatments for acne scarring where appropriate (please note: treatment for acne scarring is not routinely funded). If funded, we provide integrated care for female patients that have hormone-related acne, which can be associated with conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome.

Treatments we offer

  • Medical treatment for acne
  • Subcision

Additional information

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