Please note that the advice on this website is intended as a guide and that you should talk to your healthcare provider before starting any form of acne treatment.
On this page you will find details of the acne treatments that are available. Acne is often a chronic condition, meaning that if you have acne prone skin you will probably suffer from acne outbreaks from time to time. However, with the right treatments you will likely be able to prevent outbreaks and effectively manage them when they do occur.
It is important to treat acne as soon as possible, as delaying treatment can result in the acne worsening and an increased likelihood of scarring. You may have to try several treatments before you discover what treatment, or combinations of treatments, work best for you. Knowing what causes your acne may help you to select a more effective treatment, so please visit our ‘causes’ page for further details or speak to your GP.
Speak to a doctor or pharmacist if you are thinking of using different acne treatments at the same time. Most acne treatments take time to work, so unless you have side effects that mean you need to stop using the treatment early, you may need to continue using it for at least 12 weeks before deciding whether or not it has been effective.
Please note that over the counter treatments, meaning ones that you don’t need a prescription for, are unlikely to be effective against severe acne. That is acne that consists of many lesions (e.g. spots) covering an area and is often scarring.
If you have acne that has lasted for several weeks and is getting worse, is leaving scars or is affecting your mental health then you should arrange to visit your GP.
For further information on acne, including information on what it is, causes, prevention, scarring and emotional support, please visit the other sections of this website.