Interview transcription:

We interviewed Dr Penelope Pratsou to learn about what you should do if you have acne.

If you have acne and you want to get rid of it, what should you do? What would you recommend?

Penelope Pratsou: I’d say that you don’t need to suffer in silence. Acne can be a really difficult condition to deal with. It makes people not want to go out and enjoy their lives, and it doesn’t have to be like that. We have plenty of treatments, and I would certainly be very interested in seeing you.

The first step to feeling in charge of your skin is to book an initial consultation


Penelope Pratsou: If you do have acne that persists, please pick up the phone and come and see me. I want to listen to what you’ve got to say, how your acne is affecting you, and assess the type and degree of your acne. Then I can talk you through what options you’ve got, and we can make a decision together and embark on a treatment plan.

If you notice that you have any of the symptoms or conditions that we’ve just discussed, we invite you to book a consultation with Dr Penelope Pratsou. She’ll be able to assess your situation and give you a personalised treatment plan.

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Dr Penelope Pratsou | Consultant Dermatologist

MBChB, MRCP (UK) (Dermatology)

I’m Dr Penelope Pratsou, a skilled independent Consultant Dermatologist based in Berkshire. I have specialist expertise in the diagnosis and management of all skin cancers, and in performing mole checks. I’m a trained skin surgeon and remove skin cancers, moles, skin tags, cysts and warts.

I also have invaluable experience in dealing with all skin conditions, from the common skin complaints of acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis, to the rarer and more complex skin problems, having seen it all through years of NHS work.

After I obtained my Membership to the Royal College of Physicians, I undertook rigorous specialist training in dermatology, before being appointed as a Consultant Dermatologist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading. There, I helped set up and lead a busy clinic for the diagnosis and treatment of suspected skin cancer. I was also actively involved in supervising and training both dermatology and GP trainees.

Alongside my increasingly busy private practice, I have maintained an NHS practice in Oxford in order to continue to engage with challenging cases and to develop my specialist interest in skin allergy.