Acne is a very common skin condition characterised by blackheads and whiteheads and pus-filled spots. It usually starts at puberty and varies in severity from a few spots on the face, neck, back and chest, which most adolescents will have at some time, to a more significant problem that may cause scarring and impact on self-confidence. For the majority it tends to resolve by the late teens or early twenties, but it can persist for longer in some people. 

How can acne be treated?

Anyone with acne who had no benefit from over-the-counter product he/she needs to visit their doctor. Most treatments take at least two months to produce their maximum effect.

There are number of treatment available depending on the severity of acne:

• Those that are applied directly to the skin (topical treatments)

• Salicylic acid wash and home care regimen

• Chemical peels

• Oral antibiotics (tablets taken by mouth)

• Birth control pills

• Isotretinoin (Roaccutane)


This powerful and effective treatment has the potential to cause a number of serious side effects and can be prescribed only by a dermatologist. It can harm an unborn child. Effective contraception must be used during the treatment.

It can also cause depression however most patients do very well with no serious side effect. Your dermatologist would perform full assessment prior to considering roaccuttane.