Laserase Bolton, the region’s leading laser and skin health centre, is backing acne awareness month, which takes place in June, to help raise awareness about the often serious impact acne can have on people’s lives.
A large proportion of the population suffers from acne at some point in their lives. Acne generally goes within five years, but for some people it will continue into adulthood – and if the acne is severe it may lead to scarring if not treated appropriately.
An estimated 80 per cent of people between the ages of 11 and 30 have acne outbreaks, but many of us are unaware that people in their forties and fifties still get acne too.
Julie Kershaw, Clinic Manager at Laserase Bolton, said: “People often underestimate the impact of acne on the lives of those who suffer from it – writing it off as a teenage problem. But many of the people we see at Laserase Bolton are adults who have dealt with persistent acne for most of their life. It can have a huge impact on the way they feel and the way they live their life, causing depression and low self-esteem.
“At Laserase Bolton, we want to help raise awareness of acne and how it can affect people’s well-being, as well as letting sufferers know there is help available and that they shouldn’t suffer in silence.”
Bury Mum Liz Partington (pictured) has had acne for years and the spots on her face made her feel very self-conscious and knocked her confidence.
Forty year old Liz, who is an English teacher, says: “My acne was fairly bad. Often the spots were large, sore and inflamed and took a long time to go.”
Laserase Bolton has a high success rate with acne management and uses a combination of different therapies, including NLite laser treatment, to get the best results. The NLite laser is one of the biggest breakthroughs in the treatment of acne in recent years and has been used successfully at Laserase Bolton for over 10 years.
Thanks to laser treatment, Liz has not needed antibiotics for more than two years. Liz says: “Life is better now. I am more confident and much less self-conscious.”
For most people acne will clear up on its own, but anyone who has the ongoing condition is encouraged to get medical advice from Laserase Bolton or their own GP.