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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

Scars

  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  
Treatments



  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  
Causes

  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  
18 May 2015
Acne may be caused by inflammation via the immune system, new research has revealed. As a result, dermatologists are now assessing the effectiveness of antibiotic use in the treatment of P. acnes and exploring alternative treatment types and ways to reduce symptoms.
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15 May 2015
A review of complementary therapies for acne has found there is some limited evidence to suggest purified bee venom may be an effective treatment.
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15 May 2015
A long-term health study in New Zealand has found men and women who reported having problem skin as adolescents had a higher risk of anxiety that persisted into adulthood.
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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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