Acne is a variable, hormonal, inflammatory condition that can be distressing and sometimes disfiguring. It affects a large percentage of teenagers and other age groups as well. Acne can greatly impact on self-esteem, job opportunities, socialisation and school results.
Many medical treatments can significantly help to control acne. Some creams can be used to unclog pores and others help with inflammation. Oral antibiotics can be prescribed for more serious cases. Very severe cases may require referral to a dermatologist.
For very stubborn cases of acne, photodynamic therapy may be used although this necessitates sun and artificial light avoidance for the subsequent 48 hours.