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All About Acne

When you've got acne, all you want to do is get rid of it.

The good news is that you can!

Safe, effective treatments are out there, but sometimes it can be a little tricky working out what's going to work for you. So why not get the real experts to help?

All About Acne is written by a team of leading Australian dermatologists and medical professionals from around the country who have all volunteered their time to this resource. Together, we’ll keep you up to date with the latest, balanced news on acne.

Our feature stories on the home page will explore various issues that impact on acne such as skin care and lifestyle. You can also check out what the team has to say on some hot acne issues like diet or adult acne, via the Video Gallery.

A reminder though that the content here is provided for general information only. It should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with qualified health professionals who can determine your individual medical needs. 

Acne can be successfully managed. The information on our site has been developed to give you a good start. 

Last updated March 2016

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  Early, effective treatment of moderate to severe acne can prevent scarring. Anyone with scarring should  see a GP who may then refer you to a dermatologist or cosmetic medicine practitioner.  
  More about scars  

  Any acne treatment may take up to eight weeks to have a noticeable effect. With hundreds of products to choose from start by speaking to a pharmacist, GP or dermatologist for their advice.  
  More about treatments  
Types of Acne

  A GP or dermatologist can usually tell what type of acne you have by simply observing the number, type and depth of the acne spots.  Acne is graded as mild, moderate or severe and adult acne also exists.  
  More about acne types  

  Acne happens when the oil glands (pores) in the skin become blocked. Hormones make the oil glands produce more oil (sebum) and if a pore is blocked, a build-up occurs to create a pimple.  
  More about causes  
24 Mar 2017
A recent survey has found almost two-thirds of British teens with acne are verbally abused because of their skin condition.
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14 Nov 2016
In recognition of World Antibiotic Awareness Week (14-20 November), the Australasian College of Dermatologists has re-issued its advice to avoid using antibiotics alone for the treatment of acne.
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22 Aug 2016
People requiring treatment for severe acne can expect their doctors to ask about their mental health before and during any treatment with the acne medication isotretinoin (e.g. Roaccutane, Accutane, Oratane).
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05 Aug 2016
People with moderate to severe acne now have access to another treatment option with a light-based therapy although cost is a major consideration.
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29 Jul 2016
Australian women being treated with isotretinoin for acne are urged to double up on contraception methods to avoid any risk of pregnancy.
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27 May 2016
Dairy and its potential link to acne continues to be debated and now a recent US study has found it’s the type of milk teens drink that may affect their acne.
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