Acne and rosacea can have a profound impact on the quality of life of sufferers but are sometimes poorly treated and can be trivialised by health professionals. For these reasons Professor Tony Chu started the first Acne and Rosacea charity in the UK in the early 1990s, the Acne Support Group to provide information and support for acne and rosacea sufferers. He stepped down as the Chairman in 1999 when his wife presented him with triplets and the ASG unfortunately, subsequently folded. On retiring from the NHS in 2017 be saw a real need for a new charity for the acne and rosacea sufferers and started the Acne and Rosacea Association UK. This charity aims to improve the management of these diseases by training Doctors, nurses and pharmacists on the best ways of treating them and solutions to various pitfalls that can be encountered. We aim to provide sufferers with information, help and support in achieving the best results in their treatment.
ARAUK will provide a training program for doctors, clinics, nurses and pharmacists in the modern management of acne and rosacea and treatment of long term sequelae including scarring, telangiectasia and rhinophyma. On its website it will provide help and updates on treatments for health professionals as well as help, updates and support for sufferers. It will provide information on new treatments, answer questions from health professionals as well as sufferers and provide a forum for sufferers to share experiences and problems with other sufferers.
This section can only be accessed by members of the ARA UK. ARA UK provides comprehensive training for doctors, pharmacists and clinics in the best treatment for acne and rosacea. We provide written modules detailing the pathogenesis of acne, conventional treatments for acne, additional treatments for acne, treatment of acne scarring and advice for the acne sufferers. For rosacea there are modules on the pathogenesis of rosacea and management of this condition. Teaching is via webinars which are presented by Professor Tony Chu with facility to answer questions. Individuals what have completed the course then take MCQs on acne and rosacea and if they pass will be awarded a certificate of competence from ARA UK.
Prof Chu trained at Guys Hospital, London, qualifying in 1975. He started his dermatology training at Guy’s Hospital and after a research sabbatical year at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York in 1980, he completed has dermatology training at St Johns Hospital for Diseases of the Skin in London.
For some people, acne represents nothing more than the key to the door into adulthood – almost a rite of passage as the body changes. As the most common disease in the world, it is often taken for granted that spots, blackheads and greasy skin will stake their temporary claim on the faces of almost everyone in the world.
Rosacea (pronounced rose-ay-sha) is a relatively common skin problem amongst the middle-aged population of the U.K, causing a variety of symptoms ranging from recurrent blushing attacks, progressing through permanent red skin with ‘broken veins’ to acne-like eruptions with pustules and lumps.