The Dermatology Practice.


Acne, commonly known as ‘pimples’ is a common affliction of teenagers. Up to 20% of adults may suffer from acne too.

Acne can affect the face, back and chest. It appears as comedones (whiteheads, blackheads), pimples, pustules and cysts and sometimes painful nodules. Unfortunately this may result in scars on the face and body.

Consult your doctor early. The aim is to minimize the appearance of acne as it can be distressing to the patient, especially teenagers and young adults. Another important consideration is to minimize and prevent scarring.

Depending on the severity of acne, you will be provided with creams, lotions or gels to apply after using a recommended facial cleanser. If necessary, antibiotic tablets or oral retinoids are added for acne removal & elimination.

When the acne is under control, a maintenance regime will be recommended. Other forms of skin treatment (e.g. chemical peels) to control acne or ‘oily skin’ can be discussed with your doctor. Acne scar removal options are available depending on an individual’s skin type. Some of the skin treatments include:

  1. Injections for keloidal scars
  2. Hydrafacial treatment for clogged enlarged pores and mild scars
  3. Non-ablative laser treatment for milder acne scars
  4. Fractional laser for deeper acne scar treatment
  5. Spot acid treatment (e.g. TCA spot / CROSS treatment) for sunken or ice pick acne scars
  6. Chemical peels for pigmented or dark marks & acne scars

Acne treatment does take time. Do be patient and allow at least 4- 8 weeks for the medications and treatments to take effect.