Treatment for Acne

Reporter:Sophie Hull

Acne can be devastating for self-confidence and an irritating skin condition so we put the latest products to the test to see which works best for sufferers.

Most teenagers will see the dreaded effects of acne written all over their face but the good news is acne is easy to treat, the bad news is it is hard to know which treatment will work for you.

From the super cheap at the supermarket to thousands of dollars at the clinic, most products promise a miracle solution from $5 to $5000.

Catherine Sant Anjelo's acne left her depressed and self conscious. She has spent more than $10,000 trying to fix her skin.

"When you're that depressed you wake up in the morning and look in the mirror and it's like a punch in the stomach, you're willing to believe or to try anything," she said.

"I felt people looking at it [the acne]."

Catherine used photodynamic therapy. It is a form of laser treatment targeting the bacteria which causes acne.

A solution is applied to the skin to enhance light sensitivity, then the face is exposed to a laser light. The skin is left red and flaky but usually recovers within a day or so.

Dr Deborah Davis from the Heber Davis skin clinic was amongst the first to begin using the treatment in Australia.

The treatment may be a last resort for some due to the cost. It is $500 a treatment, with up to 10 treatments required.

Some treatments are used by millions of people over the world and with celebrity endorsements it is not hard to see why they are flying off the shelves but Dr Stephen Shumack from the Australasian College of Dermatologists warned against taking skin care advice from celebrities.

"They're not skin experts if you're worried about your skin go and see an expert," he said.

Among the other options is the mineral mud mask which is also being used to treat acne.

It contains a product called bentonite and claims to work by sucking out the moisture in pimples.