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Acne Symptoms

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Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that causes a wide range of symptoms. Common symptoms of acne include bumps, pimples, inflammation and swelling.

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Each person is likely to experience different symptoms, which manifest in various ways depending on your skin type, severity of the outbreak, lifestyle habits and hormones.

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 Research shows that up to 85% of Australians will experience acne throughout their life.



How common is acne?

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions throughout many countries around the world, including Australia.

For some, acne can become a persistent condition, with around 5% of Australians diagnosed with severe acne.


Symptoms of acne

In most cases, people present with symptoms of acne on the facial region, however it is not uncommon for acne to also develop on the chest, arms and upper back. While there are various forms of acne, most share the common symptoms of skin bumps and inflammation.

Regardless of the type of acne you have, there are treatment options available to assist in managing the associated symptoms.

The different types of acne include:


      • Whiteheads
      • Blackheads
      • Papules
      • Pustules
      • Nodules
      • Cysts
      • Fungal acne

How severe can acne symptoms become?

The severity of acne symptoms can be defined on a grading scale as follows:

Grade 1

The most mild presentation of acne is classified into this category, consisting mostly of blackheads and whiteheads.

Grade 2

Moderate acne that manifests with multiple pustules and papules, commonly found on the face.

Grade 3

A moderately severe grade of acne, also known as nodulocystic acne. In addition to the same symptoms as Grade 2, this type of acne can cause inflamed nodules and may appear not only on the face, but also on the chest and back.

Grade 4

Considered to be the most severe form of acne, nodulocystic acne can be extremely painful, causing large inflamed nodules and pustules.


For many people acne is not only uncomfortable, but can also lead to issues with self-esteem. If you begin to experience any symptoms of acne, discuss your treatment options with a member of our medical team to alleviate the symptoms and reduce inflammation before it worsens.

Topical treatments can be used to provide intense hydration and promote new skin growth, while oral antibiotics work to combat the bacteria that causes acne and alleviate inflammation.

Our medical team can help you to better manage acne outbreaks, with treatments including up to five clinically proven active ingredients, personalised for your skin type.

It’s time to look after your health

Although the symptoms of acne can often be unpleasant and uncomfortable, it’s important to remember that effective treatments are available. At hub.health, our medical team specialise in delivering tailored, dermatologist-developed solutions for the treatment of acne.

Acne FAQs

What is acne?

Acne occurs when dead skin cells and oil clog hair follicles on the skin, causing bacteria to multiply and inflame. There are many types of acne, including whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and cysts. Acne can present as occasional mild breakouts, or severe, painful chronic acne.

What kind of acne treatments are available?

Our hub.health dermatologists have extensive knowledge and experience in prescribing acne treatments. They only use ingredients they know and trust. These include prescription retinoids, hyaluronic acid, topical antibiotics, niacinamide, and azelaic acid.

What acne treatment is right for me?

The best acne treatment for you is dependent on your skin type, skin concerns, and the root cause of your acne. Mild or occasional breakouts can often be treated with over-the-counter pharmacy products.

Recurring mild to moderate acne may require a prescription topical treatment, such as topical antibiotics or retinoids. Treatment for severe acne may require oral antibiotics or retinoids. Skin that is sensitive or prone to conditions like eczema or rosacea will require extra caution.

Your assigned hub.health clinician will work with you to determine the best acne treatment for your specific skin type and concerns.

What happens if my skin reacts to the acne treatment I’ve been prescribed?

If you notice a reaction to the acne treatment you’ve been prescribed, immediately stop using the treatment and consult with a member of our medical team for further investigation. You can start a consultation with a clinician via the patient portal.

Can I speak with my assigned clinician at any time?

Of course! Our online platform enables ongoing support whenever you need it. To chat with your medical team, log into your profile, head to the ‘Products’ tab and select ‘Manage Treatment’. This is where you can message your clinician.

Our team is also available at [email protected] Drop us a line, anytime.

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