Illegally obtaining low dose isotretinoin (Oratane, Roaccutane) online or taking the acne treatment differently to how it was prescribed by a doctor is both unnecessary and dangerous, warn dermatologists.

Turbo-charging existing acne medications as well as developing better therapies with some very hi-tech microscopes is the focus for Harvard Medical School Professor, Conor Evans.

A study looking at almost 40,000 women with moderate to severe acne has found a medication discovered in the 1950s may be as effective as a particular type of oral antibiotic in treating acne.

A study involving the world’s largest gathering of twins supports research that there is a genetic link for acne, but environmental factors may influence its severity.

New research shows depression and acne may be more closely linked than previously thought. 

It’s been several years since Australia has seen any new acne treatments but that’s changing with a range of new options becoming available, the latest being the topical treatment Aczone 7.5% gel.

An Australian company has recently completed Phase I clinical trials using synthetic cannabidiol - an active compound found in cannabis - for the treatment of acne in a world first.

A topical acne treatment combining adapalene with benzoyl peroxide (Epiduo) is now available in a stronger form as Epiduo Forte. 

A dermatology professor is hoping to start clinical trials for an acne vaccine developed over the past five years.

A recent survey has found almost two-thirds of British teens with acne are verbally abused because of their skin condition.

In recognition of World Antibiotic Awareness Week (14-20 November), the Australasian College of Dermatologists has re-issued its advice to avoid using antibiotics alone for the treatment of acne. 

People requiring treatment for severe acne can expect their doctors to ask about their mental health before and during any treatment with the acne medication isotretinoin (e.g. Oratane, Roaccutane).