If you have papules (raised reddish bumps) or pustules (raised reddish bumps with white centres) you may have moderate acne, especially if the breakouts are widespread across your face or body.
Breakouts last longer than in mild acne and often do not go away.
If over-the-counter products are not working, you should visit your doctor who can decide if you need a different treatment or if you should be referred to a dermatologist.
When moderate acne is not treated early enough, it can leave a permanent scar on the skin, so it’s good to get in early with the right advice.
Here are some steps to follow if you’re managing moderate acne:
When acne makes it difficult for you to enjoy your life, it’s definitely time to see a doctor.