Finding a treatment
There are various over-the-counter treatments you can buy which could help you clear up your acne yourself. However, if your acne is severe you should book an appointment with your doctor as they’ll be able to prescribe you antibiotics or stronger creams/lotions. If you go to your GP, they can diagnose and treat any underlying causes such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), causing symptoms including acne.
They can also offer various treatments including topical antibiotics and vitamin A derivatives known as retinoids, which can lower oil production and stop dead cells clogging hair follicles. For more stubborn cases, the contraceptive Pill or a drug called isotretinoin may sometimes be prescribed. Whether you’re a teenager or an adult, your doctor may refer you to a skin specialist if your acne is particularly bad.
Alternatively, you may choose to go private. A skin specialist will be able to offer acne treatments that are tailored to you and will drastically improve the condition of your skin. They may recommend a special kind of facial to unclog your pores and once your acne has cleared up, treat any scarring that’s been left behind.