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Living with acne

Having acne can be difficult to cope with. But there are many things you can do yourself, or that your doctor can help you with, to make it less of an issue in your life.

What can I do?

Who can help?

The following people may be involved in treating your acne.

General practice team

If you need to find a GP, you can search on this map.


Most GPs can treat moderate, and sometimes severe, acne. Unfortunately, there is only limited access to specialist dermatologists at Christchurch Hospital. They consider referrals on a case-by-case basis but you may not be accepted. Your GP may refer you to another GP with a specialist interest in this area.

If you prefer, you can pay to see a private dermatologist. You can find a private dermatologist on Healthpages or Healthpoint

On the next page: Treatments for mild to moderate acne

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed March 2017.


See also:

Preparing for your doctor's visit

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