Acne is a skin condition that can affect any person at any time and is very common. There are many treatments available and include tablets, capsules as well as gels. Answer the questions in our online consultation, available by clicking any of the treatments below, and our prescribers will recommend the best treatment for your condition.
Acne is a long-term skin condition that can affect your face, back and neck. It is characterised by oily skin, whiteheads, blackheads and inflamed spots that can be painful to touch. The condition can also cause people to be embarrassed and lack confidence. Acne is most common in people aged between 11 and 30.
Acne is caused by the overgrowth of a bacteria called P. acnes on the skin and is linked to changes in hormones. Hormones called androgens control the amount of oil released onto our skin. A hormone imbalance means there is a high level of production of the hormone, which causes blockages in our pores, resulting in spots and oily skin. The hormone imbalance varies in individuals and can be due to many factors such as, stress, weather, pregnancy, puberty or a woman’s menstrual cycle.
There are six types of spots (listed below) that may appear. All six may not be present at once in an acne breakout.
Nodules - painful spots under the skin
Pustules - red spots that may feel tender
Whiteheads - white spots on the skin that are difficult to squeeze
Blackheads - black spots on the skin that get their colour from the hair follicle’s inner lining
Papules - pus filled red spots with a white centre
Cysts - large spots that contain pus and cause scarring
How can I control my Acne?
Use mild cleaners (not soap) to clean the skin no more than twice a day. Soap can inflame the skin further. Do not squeeze the spots as it may result in permanent scarring.
How do I Treat my Acne?
Acne cannot be cured, however there are many prescription medications and over the counter medications available that work to reduce the inflammation of the skin and kill the acne-causing bacteria.