A GP can diagnose acne by looking at your skin. This involves examining your face, chest or back for the different types of spot, such as blackheads or sore, red nodules.


Acne is a common skin condition that causes spots and oily skin.


The main symptoms of acne are spots on your face, back and chest. Your skin may be oily, or it may be hot or painful to touch.


You can often treat acne with creams and gels bought from a pharmacy. If your acne is severe, a GP may prescribe stronger medicines or antibiotics.


Acne is often linked to changes in hormone levels during puberty, but can start at any age. It's also known to run in families.

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