There are many ways to treat acne

There is no one size fits all when it comes to medical treatment for acne.

Different treatments act via different mechanisms and each person will require treatment according to their type of acne and individual circumstances. Whether your doctor chooses a treatment that unblocks pores, suppresses oil production, reduces bacteria or regulates hormonal levels, will depend not only on the extent and severity of your acne, but also the presence of scarring, the emotional and social impact acne is having on your life as well as your current health and medical history.   

Adverse effects are a possibility with any over the counter or prescription 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: