What Can I Do

What can I do to help clear up my spots?

Help prevent oil build up:

  • Wash your face twice day with a mild soap and warm water - DON’T scrub too hard as acne cannot be scrubbed away. Clean your face gently.
  • Try over the counter lotions and creams containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide (e.g Clearasil, oxy 10 etc) to help prevent acne and clear it up at the same time. MAKE SURE you follow the instructions properly as over using these products can dry your skin out too much
  • Talk to your local chemist (Lifestyle and CO-OP in Ottery St. Mary) they will be able to advise you on the best treatments for you to buy without needing a prescription.

I am doing everything I can but I still have bad spots, what do I do now?

See your GP they can be really helpful in helping to treat your spots and in stopping them scarring you.

Your GP can prescribe treatments such as antibiotic gels or antibiotic tablets that you take every day that can really clear your spots up.

If your acne is really quite bad and is causing scarring your GP can arrange for you to see a dermatologist (skin doctor) who can give you stronger treatments such as roaccutane (a very strong gel for acne). This can be brilliant for settling down severe acne and for stopping the spots scarring you.

The Good News!
For most people acne goes away completely by the time they are out of their teens.
If spots are bothering don’t hide away ask your local doctor for help.

Useful local numbers
Coleridge Medical Centre: 01404 814447 you can phone and make an appointment to see any doctor you wish to talk about getting help in treating your spots.

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