She’s topped countless ‘Most Beautiful’ lists and regularly graces the cover of sophisticated beauty and fashion magazines the world over, but ask Kate Winslet what she thinks about her looks and her answer might surprise you.
Speaking to Marie Claire, the Academy Award winning actress played down compliments bestowed upon on her by the press, confessing “I had a terrible bout of acne after I turned 30. I kept reading about my sodding dewy complexion and thinking, ‘Oh s**t, look at me, I’m covered in bloody spots, proper cystic bumps, if only they knew.’ ”
And the actress, who has just turned 39, certainly isn’t alone. Adult acne is a highly misunderstood condition that affects roughly one in 10 of us over the age of 25, with 80% of sufferers being female.
The condition is caused by tiny glands in our skin becoming blocked and then contaminated by normally harmless bacteria. The sebaceous glands, where spots form, are responsible for creating an oily substance called sebum which we need to lubricate our skin. When they produce too much sebum, the substance mixes with dead skin cells and blocks the pore creating an ideal harbouring ground for bacteria. Excess sebum can be triggered by many causes, but one of the most common is hormonal changes. This is why the condition affects so many teenagers and the reason so many women find themselves suffering, with the monthly cycle and pregnancy being common triggers.
While controlling hormonal splurges and preventing acne is near impossible, treatment for the condition certainly isn’t. There are a range of treatment options available, from chemical peels to NLite laser procedures, that are all designed to tackle the cause of your skin condition directly, rather than just symptoms.
At The Private Clinic we understand not everyone’s skin is the same, and treating it should never be a one-size-fits-all policy either. We work with a range of treatments including use-at-home products, in-clinic chemical peels, and non-abrasive laser treatments. We are proud of our knowledgeable team of nurses and doctors, headed by one of the UK’s leading dermatologists, all of whom are available for consultations and treatments.