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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  
19 Mar 2016
All About Acne’s Dr Jo-Ann See has featured on Ch 7 news with Dr Andrew Rochford discussing the latest treatments and trends in acne.
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16 Mar 2016
Antibiotics can be effective for acne patients but should be used judiciously and in combination with other treatments such as benzoyl peroxide creams, according to the Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD).
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01 Feb 2016
Which aspects of acne bother you most? How do you know when a treatment is working on your skin? These are just some of the questions an international group of dermatologists is seeking comment on to help make future acne research and treatments more relevant and more effective for people just like you.
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14 Jan 2016
US legislation to ban microbeads has prompted major retailers Coles and Woolworths and producers like Johnson & Johnson, Unilever and The Body Shop to announce that they are phasing out these small pieces of plastic in facial cleansers, body scrubs and soaps.
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