Acne FAQs

Acne FAQs

What is the outlook for someone with acne?

For most, treatment for acne is successful. Improvements can be seen between 6 to 8 weeks. Flare-ups and breakouts are still common and may require additional or long-term treatment. Prompt treatment of acne can successfully reduce scarring or prevent it altogether. Isotretinoin is a treatment favoured by dermatologists as it provides the best results in the long-term.

Can acne be prevented?

It is a difficult condition to prevent, but you can take precautions to prevent breakouts, even after treatment.

  • Wash acne-prone skin twice a day to remove excess oil and dead skin cells. Use gentle cleansers and oil-free, water-based skin care products and cosmetics.
  • Use over-the-counter acne creams or gels to help dry excess oil. Products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid as active ingredients work best.
  • Remove all make-up before going to bed every day to avoid clogging up your pores. It’s also a good idea to throw out old or expired make-up and regularly clean cosmetic brushes and applicators with soapy water.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing to avoid trapping heat and moisture that irritates the skin.
  • Shower after participating in strenuous activity.
  • Avoid touching or picking at blemishes to prevent further infection.
  • Maintain a healthy and nutritious diet and take steps to reduce stress levels wherever possible.
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