Acne and spots: basic care and treatment

The common features of acne are whiteheads, blackheads and spots. These are manifestations of entrapped sebum plugs in the pores (usually caused by excessive sebum production and inadequate exfoliation of the skin leading to dead skin cells blocking the pores).

In treating patients with acne, I focus a great deal on fundamentals like the type of face wash, toner and scrubs to control oiliness and to encourage exfoliation.

Salicylic acid often plays an important role as one of the active ingredients in these products. My patients are usually introduced to Environ Sebuwash and Sebutone or ZO Skin Health Offects Exfoliating Cleanser and TE Pads as their daily cleanser and toner. In addition, I also encourage my patients to replace their non-active moisterisers (which often add to the problem) with an active Vitamin A product to begin to repair and strengthen their skin.

Typically, the patients will also be having regular facial treatments to complement their homecare. I have found the Hydrafacial MD to be particularly helpful in the management of acne due to its modes of action.

The images below illustrate the effectiveness of simple changes in the skincare routine coupled with an effective facial treatment like Hydrafacial:


In some instances, the patients are also seen by our medical staff to consider additional treatments like antibiotics and laser therapy.

Do feel free to get in touch with me to discuss your skincare further.

                                           Kelly Umbers, Skin Therapist,



Mrs CC Kat is a leading Midlands Consultant Plastic Surgeon specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. She is a full member of both British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and British Association of Aesthetic , Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (BAPRAS) as well as several international aesthetic surgery associations. She worked as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Heart ofEngland NHS Foundation Trust but now runs her private practice, CC Kat Aesthetics – Birmingham Laser, Skin and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, full time. For more information, visit or call 08453731818.

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Lucy Jones

3 years ago

Hi there, I have actually already emailed this clinic but the main email address as I didn’t realise there was a specific one. I just wondered if you could help, I have recently developed what I believe to be ‘hormonal’ acne and I can’t seem to get it under control and feel it is time to see a professional. My friend recently came here for a similar issue but I just had a few questions. Is hormonal acne something that you can treat? and do you have a price list? Thank you in advance and I look forward to hearing from you.


12 months ago

I think that is very helpful .. thankyou very much



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