The Rise of Super Acne – The FAQs

Acne is something most of us will have or do suffer from. It can range from the odd pimple through to full-on red, angry and sore spots covering the face neck and back. A massive 80% of 18-30yr olds are affected by acne, with 72% of adults overall experiencing acne and unable to get rid of it.

But British dermatologists have discovered a new skin horror to look out for: super acne. And it’s scary. But before you go into skin worries overdrive, here are some of the frequently asked questions on super acne along with some helpful advice to help you on your road to clearer skin.


What is ‘super-acne’? 

Super acne is acne that is resistant to the regularly prescribed antibiotics for the skin condition. A study released at the British Association of Dermatologists’ Annual Conference found that patients were prescribed antibiotics to treat acne for six and a half months before being referred to a skin specialist. Known by the dermo experts as, p. acnes, this antibiotics-resistant strand is even resilient to the best acne treatments unlike normal acne which generally calms down over time.


What are the symptoms? 

Super acne looks the same as common acne. You can expect nasty red spots, white heads, blackheads, inflamed and sometimes painful skin. So basically, it’s the same as regular acne but the key difference is that super acne is not affected by antibiotics.


Can it be cured? 

Good news: it can be treated and improved. Taking antibiotics won’t rid yourself of super acne but it can still respond to other treatments, so there is hope out there if you’re a sufferer.


What treatments will clear it?

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Over-the-counter products that contain salicylic acid are great for skin that is oily and suffers from black heads and red spots. Products that contain benzoyl peroxide are also great for skin prone to mild to moderate acne.

Our Ac-Norm Medilike Effect 2 Cream is a great and effect alternative to antibiotics. This soothing cream minimises skin irritation along with giving a wonderfully matte effect.


Can it be prevented?

Super acne may be a thing now but that doesn’t mean antibiotics are not an option for acne but they should be used carefully. No more than three months is normally advised by doctors and dermatologists.

Antibiotics should be used for short periods of time and in combination with other acne treatments to see the greatest improvement.

Like with regular acne it’s often caused by hormonal changes in the body which can’t really be helped. But a good skincare routine along with a healthy diet can help.

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A great way to keep on top of your spot free skin is to use our Ac Norm Active Cleanser.

This mild liquid cleanser removes excess oil, daily grime and makeup while treating acne thanks to the Moringa Peptides enriched formula.