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! 

Read on to learn more

Dr R.Targett

"Trust Your Face to a Doctor Trained in Dermatology and Cosmetic Medicine"

Dr Targett is qualified in Primary Care Dermatology with a special interest in Skin Cancer and Cosmetic Medicine.

She is a natural results advocate, facial shaping artist, ambassador of elegance, leader in her field, and the mother of two children.

Over the Counter Products Have Stopped Working

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.

Is Acne Affecting Your Self Esteem?

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.

Is Your Acne Painful and Leaving You With Scars?

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.

Are There Other Treatment For Acne Apart From Medical Treatment?

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.

Excel V Laser treatment uses long pulse 1064nm wavelength of light.  You will see the inflammation disappear before your eyes.  The treatment works for the long term due to its ability to shrink the oil glands responsible for oil production.  Less oil means less outbreaks.

Blue Light LED penetrates deep into the skin effectively killing the bacteria responsible for causing acne and inflammation.  You will notice the reduction in inflammation and redness.  Two treatments a week are recommended for best upkeep until you have control over your outbreak.

Skin peels remove the outer layer of dead skin that is responsible for clogging up the skin pores and causing acne.  Opening the pores allows the oil to drain free to the outer surface of the skin and preventing acne from occurring.

Excel V Laser Genesis is an excellent treatment for acne scars.  Not only does it remove the redness associated with acne scars but it also promotes collagen growth deep within the skin which creates volume to fill out sunken scars.

Subcision for acne pitted acne scars is one of the best methods of treating sunken scars. This treatment method is used for; tethered, anchored, rolling scars.  These scars usually form on the cheeks, chin and temple regions.

PIH develops when a wound or irritation such as a pimple, causes the skin to become inflamed. As the skin heals, it produces too much melanin. Creams are available to fade dark spots faster.

Price of Acne Treatment


Medical Consultation$130
Chemical Peel For Acne (per session)$150
Blue Light Acne Treatment LED (per session)$99
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Laser Treatment For Acne (per session)$350

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Online bookings available 24/7

Our Location

Advanced Cosmetic Medicine

Unit 58/41-47 Melbourne St

North Adelaide

SA. 5006

Ph: 0403 690 031


Opening Times

Dr Targett will be away on annual leave from 24th Dec 2019 until 17th Jan 2020.  When she returns, she will be available at Unit 58, 41-47 Melbourne Street at the following times;

Monday10:30am to 5:00pm
Tuesday10:30am to 6:00pm
Wednesday10:30am to 6.00pm
Thursday10:30pm to 6:00pm
Friday9:30am to 5:00pm
Saturday9:00am to 2:00pm


acm parking

Free car park is available on Dunn St or free on street parking on Melbourne St if available.

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