what is acne

13 January 2022


Acne is a concern that is frequently treated at Nassif MedSpa UK. Our highly trained practitioners give expert advice on how to treat the condition which includes reducing the severity of breakouts, as well as effective solutions to help prevent the frequency at which it occurs. 


Acne is generally a long-term skin concern that many people associate with adolescents. In fact, many adults also find their skin can develop spots and pimples, which may be due to a number of causes. Whiteheads, blackheads and pus-filled pustules are frequently experienced during a breakout of acne, which can vary in severity from person to person. Spots and blemishes of different sizes can appear on the face, shoulders, upper back and chest, with flare-ups often being unpredictable. In cases where acne is particularly significant, the affected person may experience larger, more severe spots or cysts (also referred to as nodules). The skin may also feel sore, itchy or warm to the touch. 

The appearance of acne is most commonly what causes concern, as it’s a noticeable condition that can be perceived as unattractive. Many acne sufferers are embarrassed by the way they look, and often look for ways in which to conceal the spots.  

It can be very tempting for people to want to pick at or squeeze acne spots, especially if they want to get rid of a yellow, white or black head. At Nassif MedSpa UK we would always advise against this as it can make the condition spread and / or become more severe. By picking at a spot, the bacteria can spill out onto the surface of the skin and mix with other contributory elements on unaffected areas of the complexion. When a spot is squeezed it causes the wall of the follicle to rupture and may become damaged, along with surrounding skin and tissues from which acne scarring and pigmentation can also develop. 


Acne develops when the skin’s pores become blocked. Dead skin cells, everyday dirt and debris can build-up on the surface of the skin, along with excess oil (known as sebum), which can bind together and become lodged in the follicles. Sebum production is controlled by hormones, and at times in a person’s life when hormones fluctuate (such as during puberty, pregnancy, menopause and with general ageing), oil on the skin can increase. This can subsequently escalate the likelihood of acne developing. 

P.acnes is a bacteria that naturally lives on everyone’s skin. In many cases it causes no harm, but for those with a build-up of excess oil on the skin, the bacteria can easily multiply and combine with any inflammation of the skin to form redness and pus.  In some cases acne is triggered by certain medications, oral contraceptives or a medical condition (polycystic ovarian syndrome is a common example), which often influence fluctuations in hormones. 


To date there is no known cure for acne, but we can seek ways to treat the symptoms. This will help to dramatically reduce its appearance, and prevent the frequency of breakouts. 

A good skincare regime that includes a suitable cleanser and toner will keep the skin free from excess oil, dirt and debris. Moisturising the skin will prevent it from drying out, reducing the chance of excess oil from being produced. A gentle exfoliator will ensure any dirt is removed from the pores, and regular use enables them to remain clear. It is important not to overuse an exfoliant as it can be counterproductive, so this part of your routine should only be performed twice a week. Dr. Nassif has spent many years working in the aesthetics and cosmetic industry. Through many years of research and development, he has produced his own range of skincare – Nassif MD Dermaceuticals. These vegan friendly products are available at our on-line shop, as well as at the MedSpa, and are Leaping Bunny certified (an internationally recognised certificate that ensures goods are cruelty-free). We are the only stockists of this skincare range in the UK, which are suitable for use on a variety of skin types and tones. Each cream or serum is selected according to your needs, and works to improve a number of concerns – including acne. Ensuring you have the most suitable product will require you to attend an in-depth consultation where your skin will be thoroughly analysed before our skin experts make the right recommendation for you. 

Although a good skincare routine goes a long way to maintaining clean and clear skin, in some cases a person needs a more targeted approach. At our clinic in Manchester, we provide an assortment of safe and effective skin treatments, many of which will help those who have acne prone skin. Our Dr. Nassif Signature facial and Dr. Nassif Skin Clarifying facial will provide deep cleansing and exfoliation to produce a clean and clear complexion. When acne has led to scarring, Sciton BBL Hero can improve the complexion’s texture and tone. Sciton Halo can also reduce the appearance of acne scarring by replenishing the top layers of the skin and increasing levels of collagen for a smoother, more rejuvenated appearance. Sciton Forever Clear (acne treatment) is suitable for use on the areas where acne most commonly appears – the face, neck and back. The use of blue, red and infrared light (delivered at different stages) helps to destroy bacteria and calm inflamed skin, as well as stimulating the body’s natural healing response for a smoother, clearer complexion. 

Undergoing a suitable treatment whilst also using Nassif MD Dermaceuticals’ range of products can support their use and enhance the results.  

Spots can appear on the skin for a number of reasons, but this doesn’t necessarily mean you have acne. If you’re worried about a complexion that has developed blackheads or pimples, and doesn’t possess an all over clear and refreshing look, then contact Nassif MedSpa UK and request a consultation with one of our skincare specialists. A course of the right treatment and the use of appropriate products will have your skin spot-free and looking great in time for spring.