Acne is a condition characterised by spots appearing on the skin, most typically on the face, chest and back. Almost everyone will suffer from mild acne at some point in their lives, however some do experience more severe cases, where larger spots develop, sometimes causing pain and scarring. Hormonal changes, such as those experienced during puberty, commonly lead to acne – while hormonal imbalances experienced by women during menstruation and pregnancy can also trigger the condition. Many who suffer from acne at a young age will naturally see their symptoms diminish as they get older.

Maintaining healthy, clean skin is often the key to reducing the effects of acne. Clogged pores often result in the development of spots, and the use of a mild soap or exfoliating agent can help to keep your skin free of bacteria. There are a number of over-the-counter skin treatments and lotions available to help those who suffer with persistent acne – but if these prove ineffective, a doctor may choose to issue a prescription treatment such as an antibiotic to combat acne, particularly in cases where it is causing pain or scarring. Other treatments, containing hormonal agents, may be prescribed in cases where a patient’s acne does not respond to antibiotics.