Acne Treatment – Adelaide


Are you not sure if it’s time to see your doctor about your acne treatment?  To help make the decision easier for you, consider these three questions.  

  1. Have over the counter products from the chemist stopped working?
  2. Is acne affecting your self-esteem and making you feel socially isolated?
  3. Is your acne painful and does it leave you with scars?

If you answered to any of these three questions then it is definitely time to consult Dr Rahma Targett! 

Acne Treatment Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Mild acne should usually go away after using over the counter products from the chemist for six weeks.  These products contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.  Some over the counter products from the chemist are simply not suitable for your skin and may even cause more severe breakouts to occur.  Your doctor will be able to prescribe more powerful drugs such as topical (applied to the skin) retinoids which can help to unblock clogged pores and reduce oil production.  Oral Therapies such as the birth control pill (for women), antibiotics, and isoretinoin can be prescribed to treat more serious deeper acne and hormonal breakouts.

As a guide, if you have oily skin then try to wash your face two times daily with salicylic acid face cleanser.  Conversely, if your skin is dry then use a gentle foaming cleanser.  It is always a good idea to allow the cleanser to sit on your skin for a few minutes before washing off.  This allows the active ingredients time to penetrate deeply into your skin.  Salicylic acid helps to unclog pores and it does not kill the bacteria or have any effect on oil production. After cleansing try using a benzoyl peroxide cream. It is the Benzoyl peroxide cream that will kill the bacteria that cause acne and inflammation.This is an essential part of the acne-treating regime.

Rest assured you are not lone in your plight against acne. 85% of teens are affected by acne. Acne can also extend into adulthood with 25% of men and 50% of adult women suffering from acne.

As a teen or even as young adult, acne can be a difficult condition to cope with emotionally.  However, no matter what your age it can still lead to anxiety disorders and depression.

Pimples occur when the pores in your skin become clogged with dead skin cells.  When bacteria get trapped inside the pores, this will cause the area to become red and swollen.   Cystic acne occurs when the infection extends deep into the skin, creating a very tender bump which is full of puss.  The follicle wall can become damaged and rupture, leading to acne scarring.  Cystc acne is the hardest type of acne to treat without the help of a skin specialist, like Dr Rahma Targett.  Over the counter acne treatment will never be enough to treat this type of acne.

Always avoid squeezing or popping cystic acne as this will cause severe scarring to your face.

When it comes to acne treatment, there is definitely no such thing as “one treatment suites all”.

At Advanced Cosmetic Medicine we realise that it is often a combination of treatment which works best.  This is why we offer other treatments as well as medical treatment.

Other treatments which are beneficial in treating active acne include: Chemical Peels, Excel V 1064nm Laser, and Blue Light LED Treatment.

Why Choose Advanced Cosmetic Medicine

At ACM We Make The Process Easy
Consistent Treatment by the Same Doctor Every Time
Exceptional After Care
Open Until 6pm Weekdays and Until 2pm Saturday for Your Convenience
Friendly Professional Service
Reduced Injection Pain for Your Comfort

Our Commitments

Our commitment to you is to provide you with the highest standard of service, treatment and patient care. You will always receive personal attention and treatment from Dr Rahma Targett each and every time you visit us.

Dr Targett will take the time to listen to your cosmetic needs and provide you with sound advice and realistic expectations. We will work with you to develop a plan tailored to your specific needs and goals.  Dr Targett will take the time to explain the procedure and provide you with expectations of the outcomes.

Following your treatment, we will provide you with the aftercare and advice that you deserve.  At Advanced Cosmetic Medicine, you will have the peace of mind that you are being treated by a qualified doctor in aesthetic medicine.

Dr Targett and her team will provide you with everything you need to achieve your aesthetic and health goals.

Ask a Question

Please feel free to ask us a question.  We will try to answer your question within one hour.  Thank you for your patience.

Please send us an email, or for a more rapid response, please use Facebook Messenger.

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ACM Location

Advanced Cosmetic Medicine

Unit 58/41-47 Melbourne St

North Adelaide

SA. 5006

Ph: 0403 690 031

ACM Car Parking

Free parking is available in Dunn Street car park(3 hours) and also along Melbourne Street (1 hour).

ACM Cancellation Policy

Advanced Cosmetic Medicine is an appointment-based business.  Please follow our cancellation policy guidelines.

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