What is acne?

Acne is the technical name for 'spots' which usually affects the face, chest and back. It is one of the most common skin conditions, affecting 80% of teenagers.

What causes acne?

There are 4 factors that work together to cause acne : hormones, increase sebum (skin grease), dead skin cells and bacteria. Acne can be non-inflammed (blackheads and whiteheads) or inflamed (red or yellow spots with pus). It is quite likely that you will have both types of acne .

How can acne be treated?

There are many treatments for acne which need to be started at an early stage to prevent scarring. Different treatment will be given depending on the type and severity of your acne . One or more of the following treatments may be recommended: topical retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, topical antibiotics, oral antibiotics and hormone treatments. If you have severe acne, and do not respond to other treatment, you may be given a tablet called Isotretinoin (Roaccutane).

Acne can be treated successfully but you need to find the treatment which works best for you.

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