All about Acne

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in Australia. People who have mild symptoms have a few blemishes that are not a cause to worry, however severe acne can be debilitating to a persons self confidence and general lifestyle.

How does acne affect you ?


Most people generally experience whiteheads, blackheads, papules or pustule through their life times, however most cases usually resolve themselves. Many people  treat themselves with products that you can buy without a prescription. A product containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid often clears the skin, however what is recommended is to first consult a qualified dermatologist.

Dermatologist train for over a decade to help you treat severe skin problems.

Over-the-counter treatments sometimes do very little to clear up the problem and dont address the root cause. Non-prescription treatment such as those containing benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or lactic acid may not be enough in strength to address certain conditions.

 Some drugs for anxiety, depression, and other conditions can cause skin problems to become worse . Your doctor might be able to change your prescription or prescribe something that can mitigate these side effects.Even though over the counter medications can cure acne,these treatments dont ensure that you avoid scars. Your dermatologist will get your skin condition under control and then help you develop strategies to avoid developing  scars.If acne is constantly  affecting your life and sense of self confidence, it might be time to see a dermatologist.

Which Doctor Should You See?

You can start with your pediatrician or the family doctor. Or you could go right to a dermatologist.

To help treat your acne,your  doctor might want some information from you, such as:

  • When did the problems start?
  • Has it stayed about the same, or has it gotten better or worse?
  • What treatments have you tried and for how long? How well did they work?
  • Does this problem affect your self-image or social life?

You should also bring a list of any medications or supplements you take.

You’ll want to ask some questions, too. Good ones include:

  • Are over-the-counter treatments enough? What do you recommend?
  • What habits would help me?
  • What’s the best way to cleanse and take care of my skin?
  • What can we do to make acne scars less likely?
  • What kind of makeup will cover up acne?

Bellow is a video that shows the 9 common types of acne.This video may help you identify what type of acne you have and better formulate your knowledge base of your condition.