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 need treatment according to their type of acne and individual circumstances.
Whether your doctor chooses a treatment that unblocks pores, controls oil production, reduces bacteria or regulates hormone 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.
Dermatologist and All About Acne member Dr Mei Tam explains some of the medical treatments for acne in this video:
Adverse effects are a possibility with any over the counter or prescription medication, including acne medications, but most will be mild and manageable. This also applies to laser and light therapies. The more common or potentially serious side-effects 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: