If you have acne but have had no success with over-the-counter products then it is probably time for you to visit your doctor. In general, most treatments take two to four months to produce their maximum effect. It’s a good idea to try to get an understanding of your acne and how severe it is. This will help you to select the most appropriate treatment.
Conventional acne treatments fall into the following categories:
Topical treatments that are applied directly to the skin. These are usually the first choice for those with mild to moderate acne
Oral antibiotics (tablets taken by mouth). Your doctor may recommend a course of antibiotic tablets that should be taken in combination with suitable topical treatments. Suitable for moderate to severe acne. The antibacterial effect seems to be less important than a mild anti-inflammatory effect in controlling acne.
Oral contraceptive pills. Some types of oral contraceptive pills help women who have acne. The most effective contain a hormone blocker (for example cyproterone), which reduces the amount of oil the skin produces.
Isotretinoin capsules (Roaccutane). This powerful treatment has the potential to cause a number of serious side effects and can be prescribed only by our Consultant Dermatologist. Suitable for moderate to severe acne.