Worried about your Acne? Not quite sure what to do? Let us help.

Here’s some information about Acne and what our qualified GPs can offer to you!

What is Acne?

Acne Vulgaris (or simply Acne) is a common skin condition that affects most people at some point. It causes:

  • Spots
  • Oily skin
  • Sometimes hot or painful skin to touch.

Acne most commonly develops on the the face (almost everyone with acne), back (around 50% of people with acne) and chest (in around 15% of people with acne).
Whiteheads, blackheads, papules, pustules, nodules and cysts are all different types of spots caused by acne. 


women squeezing acne

Try to resist the temptation to pick or squeeze the spots, as this can lead to permanent scarring!


  • Teenage acne is thought to be triggered by increased levels of a hormone called testosterone, which occurs during puberty.
  • Acne can run in families. If your parents had acne, it’s likely that you’ll also develop it.
  • More than 80% of cases of adult acne occur in women. Periods, pregnancy and PCOS can all cause acne.
  • Studies indicate that certain dietary factors, including skim milk and carbohydrate-rich foods — such as bread, bagels and chips — may worsen acne.

How common is Acne?

Acne is very common in teenagers and younger adults. About 80% of people aged 11 to 30 are affected by acne.
Acne is most common in girls from the ages of 14 to 17, and in boys from the ages of 16 to 19.
Most people have acne on and off for several years before their symptoms start to improve as they get older.
Acne often disappears when a person is in their mid-20s.


One of our GPs can help you determine whether you have moderate or severe acne or whether you develop nodules or cysts, as they need to be treated properly to avoid scarring. 
Our experienced GPs can prescribe you medication that can be used to treat your acne  including:

  • Topical retinoids
  • Topical antibiotics
  • Antibiotic tablets
  • In women, the combined oral contraceptive pill may also sometimes help

If you have severe acne, one of our experienced GPs can refer you to an expert in treating skin conditions (dermatologist).


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