Acne is a very common skin condition characterised by comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and pus-filled spots (pustules).
Acne signs and symptoms
It usually starts at puberty and varies in severity. It ranges from a few spots on the face, neck, back and chest to a more significant problem that may cause scarring and impact on self-confidence. For the majority, it tends to resolve by the late teens or early twenties, but it can persist for longer in some people.
Acne can develop for the first time in people in their late twenties or even in their thirties. It can run in families, but most cases are sporadic and occur for unknown reasons.
We aim our dermatology treatment of acne at prevention of new spots and reduction in the risk of scarring.
We suggest you use make-up products that are oil-free or water-based. Choose products that are ‘non-comedogenic’.
Cleanse your skin and remove makeup with a mild soap or a gentle cleanser and water, or an oil-free soap substitute. Scrubbing too hard can irritate the skin and make your acne worse.
Dermatology acne treatments fall into the following broad groups:
- Topical treatments: those that we apply directly to the skin
- Oral therapy: including antibiotics and Isotretinoin therapy
Most treatments take two to four months to produce their greatest effect.