Acne is a common skin condition caused by the blockage of hair follicles and sebaceous glands. It generally affects adolescents however can occur at any age and can be socially and psychologically damaging.

Acne can be familial or hormonal. Contributing factors can include polycystic ovarian disease, cosmetics, humidity and dietary factors such as dairy products and sugar.

Acne is demonstrated by the presence of inflamed pustules, nodules, comedones and scarring. Classified as mild, moderate and severe the treatment options should be discussed with your dermatologist.

Typically treatment might include topical anti acne treatments such as vitamin A derivative creams, oral contraceptive agents, Isotretinoin (a vitamin A derivative given orally) and oral antibiotics.