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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 check out what the team has to say on some hot acne issues like diet or adult acne, via the Video Gallery and you can also interact with us through our social media channels.

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


  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  
22 Jul 2014
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently reported that topical acne products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can occasionally cause serious hypersensitivity reactions in consumers.
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23 Jul 2013
Every cigarette you smoke is doing your skin harm, according to research showing acne is worst in the heaviest smokers.
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03 Jul 2013
Researchers at the University of South Australia are investigating the potential of essential oils and aromatherapy to treat acne.
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06 Jun 2013
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has reviewed the safety information for Diane-35, Brenda-35, Juliet-35, Estelle-35 and Laila-35 – hormonal acne treatments that contain a combination of ethinyloestradiol and cyproterone.
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03 Jun 2013
New research suggests that green tea extract may prove to be an effective treatment for acne, a condition affecting 85 percent of 18-24 year olds.
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