Acne is a very common condition caused by congestion and inflammation of the oil-producing glands in the skin predominantly on the face, chest and back. Acne may be characterised by comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), and/or inflamed papules, pustules and nodules.
Acne often occurs during adolescence but may affect people of all ages. Acne is influenced by a variety of factors including genetics, hormonal changes, lifestyle and stress. Depending on severity, acne has the potential to scar and may have a lasting impact on emotional wellbeing and quality of life. Seeking treatment for acne earlier rather than later can help to minimise the potential for long-term scarring.
Treatment for acne and/or acne scarring may include:
- Lifestyle and dietary modifications
- Topical prescriptions
- Oral medication
- Chemical peels
- LED therapy
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
- CO2 laser