Do Acne Cures Really Work?

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Byline: Daily Mail Reporter

WIDELY used acne treatments may be ineffective, a report warns.

Many are publicised as cures for the condition, often at considerable expense to the sufferer or the NHS.

But the clinical review by experts at the University of Nottingham says there is very little evidence to show which work best and whether expensive treatments are any better than traditional ones.

Up to 20 per cent of sufferers are left with facial scarring by the chronic condition, which can persist into adulthood.

The review highlights that the long-term use of many treatments to treat acne might also contribute to resistance to the antibiotics they contain.

As a result, the study, published online in The Lancet, says there is an increasingly urgent need to test treatments as well as to develop more effective non-antibiotic therapies.

Hywel Williams, professor of dermato-epidemiology and director of the Centre for Evidence Based Dermatology at the University of Nottingham, said: 'Almost half of recently published acne trials contain serious flaws that could be overcome by better reporting. …