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Acne & acne scarring lecture to GPs

Dr. Anthony Downs, Consultant Dermatologist delivered a very well attended virtual lecture on acne and acne scarring on Tuesday 27 July to GPs in the South West area.

NICE acne and acne scarring national guidelines were updated last month with additional attention and recommendations on the need to provide psychological support and acne scarring advice to patients with this medical disease.

South West Deramtology Actions of Anti-Acne Therapies - Dr Tont Downs Acne Presentaion to GPs

Acne can have serious and persistent mental effects that can remain for many years and well after the acne has abated naturally or with treatment. Very few patients have access to laser treatment in the UK to treat acne scarring regardless of this recommendation in the NICE guidelines.

This evening these issues were debated as well mapping out current best clinical practice and what new emerging treatments may be available on prescription.

Dr. Downs recently provided local GPs in Devon with a Zoom based educational session on peri-ocular skin conditions. This professional development session was well attended by local GPs and was some what topical given the current circumstances.

Peri-ocular dermatitis is a common dermatological disorder characterised by inflammation of the eyelids and the skin surrounding the eyes. The cause of peri-ocular dermatitis is not completely understood, but it is thought to be due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Peri-ocular dermatitis may be related to an impaired skin barrier – there is an association between atopic dermatitis and peri-ocular dermatitis, disturbance of follicular microflora and/or alteration of the pilosebaceous unit.

There are a number of specific medical and dermatology conditions which need treating or investigation, that present with lumps, bumps or rashes around the eyes.

Equally Dermatologists are adept at providing cosmetic treatments such as lasers for removing blemishes and wrinkles around the delicate structures of the eyes.

Dr. Downs is continues to look forward to passing on his knowledge and offering further useful advice and guidance for doctors at the next event.