There are many ways to treat acne

Different treatments have different methods of action. Some unblock pores while others reduce oil production or the bacteria that create acne. 

When deciding which type of treatment to recommend, a doctor will consider individual circumstances such as the extent and severity of the acne, if you have scars or are at risk of scarring, as well as the emotional and social impact the acne is having on your life. 

Adverse effects are a possibility with any medication, including acne medications, but most will be mild and manageable. The more common or more potentially serious ones are included in the following information along with advice on how these can be minimised or prevented. 

Some of the medical treatment options for acne include: