Most of us experience acne to some degree in the teenage years and, for some people, it continues to be a problem into the twenties, thirties and beyond. Acne can result in loss of confidence and have a significant effect on self-esteem.

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition, affecting the face, neck, chest and back. It is caused by a combination of factors; excessive oil production, blockage of pores and the presence of bacteria in the skin. Some people have larger pores or naturally oily skin that may make them more prone to acne.

How is acne diagnosed?

 Acne is a clinical diagnosis and, usually, no tests are needed.  However, if an underlying hormonal condition is suspected or if oral medication is required Dr Williams may recommend blood tests.

Which is the best acne treatment for me?

Having assessed what type of acne you have Dr Williams will be able to advise on the most appropriate treatment or combination of treatments.  Treatments include topical creams and gels such as benzoyl peroxide and retinoids, topical and oral antibiotics, and oral Isotretinoin (Roaccutane)