Acne or acne vulgaris commonly affects young people and is usually caused by hormonal changes associated with the onset of puberty.

The condition varies in strength ranging from mild, moderate or severe spots, which can develop on the chest, face or back. Most sufferers will notice a natural improvement in skin condition when they reach their mid 20s. However, some people may continue to experience acne into their 40s and so may wish to treat the condition with any one of the treatments that are available.

Identifying acne

Typically, the condition is defined by sore or inflamed red spots which can vary in size, ranging from very small to fairly large. The spots will often be very tender and most commonly emerge on the face whilst also affecting other regions of the body. The spots can be broken down into six main categories: blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, nodules and cysts.

Why does acne occur?

Hormonal changes that arise in stages of puberty or pregnancy create the pre-conditions for acne. Male sex hormones called androgens are most commonly associated with the onset of acne. These increase sebum secretion in the sebaceous glands of the skin. Androgens are not necessarily bad, but too much sebum production can result in greasy skin, which creates a perfect environment for spots.

Like other skin conditions, there are other reasons why you might develop spots. Cushing’s syndrome or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may be causes, although these are less common. Some types of oral contraception may also create skin problems due to the presence of the hormone progestogen. Cosmetic products on the market can also contribute to the problem, specifically those aimed at dry skin.

Is acne preventable?

There may not be conclusive ways in which you can guarantee protection from acne, but there are certain things you can do to minimise your risk of developing the condition. Healthy skin is characterised by breathable pores so washing your face regularly is crucial, especially after exercise.

However, over washing is not advisable as it can often leave the skin dry and dehydrated. You should also look out for skin products that are specifically designed to prevent the clogging up of your pores. These products are usually labelled as nonacnegenic or noncomedogonic. If you wear make-up then you should always remove it before you go to bed. Experts also advise that you do not touch your face too much.

What skin products should I use?

Treatment options really depend on how severe your acne is. At first, most people try to get rid of their spots through a number of over-the-counter lotions and creams. Typically, these products will contain ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alpha hydroxyl acids or sulphur.

There are also various prescription medications that are available online. There are different types of creams and lotions, oral antibiotics, oral contraceptives and oral retinoids. Specifically, you can order Minocin, Oxytetracycline and Dianette online.

How to order acne treatment online?

Acne can be embarrassing and stressful, which is why there are numerous products available aimed at treating the condition. Prescription treatment can be easily obtained online after a free online consultation. All you need to do is take a photo of your acne so our registered doctors can gauge the severity of the condition, enabling them to recommend the most suitable treatment. If you want to find out more about the treatments we provide then you can visit our acne treatment page.