Acne

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Updated 22 November 2017

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Acne has plagued humanity since time immemorial, though it’s probable that as increasing emphasis is placed on skin beauty, we’ve become even more conscious of acne and its after-effects than ever before. 

To help in the fight against acne, there are many medical options available – from topical treatments for mild symptoms, through to prescribed medication of varying strengths to treat more severe cases. 

The right medicine, when used according to prescription, will help to reduce blemishes and decrease the risk of permanent damage to skin. If you have acne, and your blemishes are bothering you, you might want to consult your doctor or dermatologist.

Acne treatment follows strict national and international guidelines, and after a close examination of your skin, your doctor or dermatologist will be able to advise on which treatment will be best for you and will most likely address the causes and symptoms of your acne. 

Medical professionals generally agree that in moderate to severe cases of acne, the timely use of medication can help to prevent symptoms from worsening and reduce the risk of scarring.

Sadly, no acne medicine promises instant results, and treatment needs to be applied or taken consistently for the recommended period of time. Most people start to notice results between four to eight weeks after starting treatment, but it can sometimes take up to three months.

Dermatologists say that one of the main reasons for medication not working is that patients do not follow the correct prescription or stop taking the medication before the end of the course. 

“Acne treatment – whether medical or not – takes time to have a noticeable effect. Don’t give up!” Dr. Med. Markus Reinholz, Dermatologist