Acne Treatment | Roaccutane
We know that acne can be an intolerable and stressful skin disease for teenagers and adults alike. The social and psychological effects of acne are just as important as the spots themself. By obtaining an expert opinion and getting the right treatment at the right time, we can help to quickly improve your skin and reduce the likelihood of scarring.
At our specialist dermatology clinic, we can offer acne treatment including Roaccutane quickly so you’re never left waiting and hoping for clearer skin.
Our Dermatologists and Dermatology Nurses have experience with treating acne in patients of all ages. Once a diagnosis of acne is confirmed, our team will discuss all of the available suitable treatment options.
To speak to a dermatologist about acne treatment, you will need to book an initial face-to-face Dermatology consultation (£240) using the button below.
Please note the initial and follow-up dermatologist consultation costs do not include any necessary blood tests and pregnancy tests needed during treatment and the prescribed doses of Roaccutane if required.
What causes acne?
Acne is caused when hair follicles become blocked. Sebaceous glands are tiny glands found near the surface of your skin, which is attached to small holes (hair follicles) in your skin that hair grows out of. These Sebaceous glands lubricate the hair and the skin to stop it from drying out by producing an oily substance called Sebum. However, if the glands produce an excessive amount of Sebum, it mixes with dead skin cells and plugs the hair follicle. If this happens close to the surface of the skin, it causes a Whitehead. Alternatively, if the plugged hair follicle is open to the skin, it causes a blackhead. Triggers of acne include:
- Increased levels of testosterone
- Ance running in your family
- During your period (women only)
- During Pregnancy (women only)
- polycystic ovary syndrome (women only)
- Some cosmetic products
- Certain medications
How London Doctors Clinic Group can help with acne
Our experienced Dermatology team will treat your acne, tailoring your treatment based on what will work best for you depending on its severity. Treatment can often involve a combination of ointments, antibiotics, contraception pills (for women) and topical or oral retinoids. Roaccutane is an oral retinoid used to treat severe acne in adults and young people over 12 years. This acne treatment is also very effective in preventing further acne scars.
Roaccutane (Isotretinoin) belongs to a group of drugs named retinoids, which are closely related to vitamin A. It works in a variety of ways, targeting different factors that cause acne, including the production of sebum and keratin that block the pores of the hair follicle.
Roaccutane is used to treat severe acne, often where there is a risk of scarring. It may be only be prescribed under the care of a specialist. The dermatologist will calculate the dosage depending on your weight, with an average daily dose of 20mg to 80mg. Treatment typically lasts for 4 to 6 months, with blood tests required before and during treatment. Roaccutane is prescribed according to your specific needs, so reducing the risk of potential side effects, including dry skin and muscular pain. Patients with a peanut or soya allergy may react to Roaccutane. Also, Roaccutane might not be appropriate for patients with severe depression or high cholesterol.
It is important that women patients do not become pregnant whilst taking Roaccutane and for a month after stopping the treatment.
How much does Roaccutane cost?
Patients will need to attend an initial consultation with our Dermatologist as well as regular follow-up appointments.
Blood tests are also required before Roaccutane can be prescribed.
Face-to-Face Consultant Dermatologist appointment: £240
Face-to-Face Follow-up Dermatologist appointment: £190
Drug costs typically £50 per month supply for 20mg dose
Please note the above consultation costs do not include necessary blood tests and pregnancy tests and the prescribed doses of Roaccutane if required.