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What is Acne?

Acne is a common skin condition that is caused when hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells and oil. While acne is most common among teenagers, it can affect people of any age. Acne of all kinds usually appears on the face, but can also pop up on the chest, upper back, shoulders, and other areas. Certain things that may worsen or trigger acne include hormonal changes, medications, stress, and a poor diet.

Common signs of acne include:

  • Open plugged pores called blackheads
  • Closed plugged pores called whiteheads
  • Red, tender bumps called papules
  • Pustules with pus at the tip, called pimples
  • Large, painful lumps underneath the skin called nodules
  • Painful, pus-filled bumps under the skin called cystic lesions

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Acne Treatments

Patients who have tried over-the-counter acne products and have not seen results may benefit from prescription-strength acne medications. Our team will work with you to create a treatment regiment that will be right for you depending on your age, the severity and type of your acne, and what will work best for your lifestyle. Some of the most common treatment options include:

Topical Medications

There are a number of topical prescription medications that can be used to treat acne. Some of the most common include retinoids or retinoid-like drugs, azelaic acid and salicylic acid, antibiotics, and Dapsone gel. 

Oral Medications

Oral medications such as antibiotics, combined oral contraceptives and anti-androgen agents for women, as well as Isotretinoin can be effective in treating moderate to severe acne.


For individuals who have tried topical and oral medications with no results, other therapies such as light therapies, chemical peels, steroid injections, or extractions may be helpful.

Candidates for Acne Treatments

Patients who have tried self-care or over-the-counter acne remedies but have not seen desired results can often benefit from acne treatments. Your dermatologist can prescribe stronger prescription medications that are more effective. The best way to determine the right acne treatment for you is to schedule a consultation with one of our dermatologists, during which we can assess, diagnose, and treat your skin for the results you desire.

Contact Us Today

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your acne and are interested in learning more about possible acne treatments, contact Ottawa Derm Centre today. Our friendly team will be happy to assist you in scheduling your consultation appointment, and to answer any questions that you may have.