What is acne?

Acne is a disorder of the hair follicle and sebaceous gland. Acne is most common in adolescents and young people with up to 85% of 16-18 year olds affected.  Acne is also very common in adults and can persist for years.

How does acne present?

Acne can present in many different ways. It is most commonly seen on the face, neck, chest and back as these areas have a higher number of sebaceous (oil) glands.

Common acne subtypes include

  • Open and closed comedones (blackheads and whiteheads)
  • Inflammatory papules and pustules
  • Cysts

What treatments are available for acne?

There are a number of treatment options for acne and treatment should be tailored to the severity, location and subtype of the acne. Dermatologists are specifically trained to manage all subtypes of acne, particularly severe acne cases associated with scarring.

Treatment options include