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). 

People with moderate to severe acne now have access to another treatment option with a light-based therapy although cost is a major consideration.   

Australian women being treated with isotretinoin for acne are urged to double up on contraception methods to avoid any risk of pregnancy. 

Dairy and its potential link to acne continues to be debated and now a recent US study has found it’s the type of milk teens drink that may affect their acne.