Acne is a skin condition that causes spots. Acne can vary from mild to severe and usually affects the skin of the face, back and chest.

There are several types of acne. Each type needs to be identified and appropriately treated.

Most treatments aim to control the symptoms of acne by:

  • preventing new spots forming
  • reducing inflammation in spots that are already present
  • preventing scarring

Treatments include: topical creams, antibiotics, vitamin A derivatives, and/or anti-androgen/oestrogen therapy, together with accompanying cosmetic treatments and nutritional advice.