Acne is a common chronic disorder that affects the hair follicle and sebaceous gland or oil gland, where there is blockage and inflammation. Acne is identified by the presence of comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and pus-filled spots (pustules) and red bumps (papules). Severe acne may cause deeper spots called nodules or cysts.


Acne is prevalent in teenagers and young adults, with 85% of 16- to 18-year-olds affected. However, the condition may sometimes occur in children and adults of all ages. It’s estimated that a quarter of adult women are affected by adult acne.

In research acne studies, people with acne have said that their skin makes them feel unattractive, embarrassed, or self-conscious. Studies also show that it can trigger depression and anxiety.

There are, however, many effective acne treatment options that can help you gain control of your acne as dermatologists are trained in managing acne and can provide early and effective treatment that improves both the physical and psychological effects.


Acne treatment aims to keep pores unclogged as well as reduce oil production and the number of acne-causing bacteria.

Acne treatments fall into the following categories, depending on their severity:

  • Topical treatments: these are applied directly to the skin and include topical retinoids to unblock pores, benzoyl peroxide antibiotics for inflammation and to kill acne bacteria, and salicylic acid to exfoliate the skin.
  • Oral medications: in more moderate to severe cases, oral medications, i.e., tablets taken by mouth, can be considered, including oral antibiotics, oral contraceptive pills and Isotretinoin

Dr Tarryn Jacobs is an expert dermatologist with extensive experience in treating acne as well as acne scarring. She will create a personalised scientifically-based acne treatment plan for you that includes a skincare regimen, appropriate prescription medications, in-office procedures (if needed) and lifestyle guidance.