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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 health and medical professionals from around the country - dermatologists as well as a cosmetic medicine practitioner, a GP, pharmacist and obstetrician / gynaecologist - 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: August 2014


  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  
08 Jan 2015
Tiny plastic beads used in facial scrubs and exfoliants are being phased out in Australia due to environmental concerns, however dermatologists are reminding people with sensitive skin to be wary of all scrubs.
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13 Oct 2014
The use of the isotretinoin for severe acne is not associated with an increased risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) as previously suggested.
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05 Sep 2014
A large international study has found no increased risk of serious side effects in women taking oral contraceptive pills such as Yaz or Yasmin, which contain the hormone drospirenone in combination with ethinyl estradiol.
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18 Aug 2014
Pregnant women troubled by acne can use a limited number of topical and even oral acne treatments.
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18 Aug 2014
Probiotics such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium that can help balance gut bacteria may also help improve skin conditions such as acne.
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