Acne Treatments & Skincare – Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide & Gold Coast

Considering Acne Treatments? Talk to the team at Cosmos Clinic for a caring and understanding approach…

Acne treatments at Cosmos Clinic involve a combination of topical treatments and Photodynamic therapy (PDT) to help with the rapid control of acne and reduction of future acne. Some of the reasons for considering acne treatments may include:

  • Moderate or severe acne
  • Prolonged suffering from acne for months or years
  • Large, deep or solid and painful lumps or cysts under your skin due to acne
  • Breakouts covering large areas of the face or body
  • Anxiety or depression related to your acne

Are Acne Treatments for Me?

To be a good candidate for acne treatments you must have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for you. It’s important to understand that the acne treatments can improve your appearance and self confidence, but it won’t necessarily change your looks to match your ideal or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to undergo this treatment, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your doctor.

The best candidates for acne treatments should be physically healthy, psychologically stable and realistic in expectation.


Step 1

To obtain rapid control of mild to moderate acne a retinoid (Retin A gel 0.05%, Zorac, differin, retrieve,stieva A) nightly with a antibiotic gel ( 2% erythromycin or 1% clindamycin) in the morning. Benzyl peroxide 2.5- 5% gel (Benzac, brevoxyl, panoxyl) and salicylic acid microgel complex (neutrogenia rapid clear range) twice a day are also effective in mild-moderate acne with over 75% improvement by 8hrs after starting the treatments.

At Cosmos Clinic our patients are generally placed on erythromycin gel in the morning, zorac at night , and daily 5% benzyl peroxide wash. Salicylic acids are less potent that retiniods and are used in patients with mild acne who cannot tolerate retinoids. We advise Salicylic acid as a microgel complex, which has enhanced delivery (neutrogenia rapid clear range) for acne treatments. Azelaic acid is also less potent that retinoids but is useful in pregnant women to control acne.

Step 2

Once good control is achieved usually after 6-12 weeks we usually stop the antibiotics and rely on the retinoid Retin A gel for maintaining control. Regular use of Benzyl peroxide 2.5%-5% gel (Benzac, brevoxyl, panoxyl) and/or salicylic acid microgel complex (Neutrogena rapid clear range) twice a day also helps to maintain control.

Skin irritation and dryness can occur with all these topical treatments and a light moisturiser may need to be applied as part of the acne treatments. To reduce irritation that can occur with retiniods or benzyl peroxide we advise our patients to use these products sparingly. In patients with sensitive skin we may advise to start second nightly application for the first 4 weeks.

Step 3

At Cosmos Clinic we use Photodynamic therapy (PDT) in combination with these topical treatments. PDT requires the use of Aminolevulinic Acid (ALA) cream which is obtained from a compounding pharmacist. PDT not only helps with rapid control of the acne but it will reduce the number of oil glands in the skin making acne less likely to occur in the future For more details on PDT read our page on ALA PDT.

At Cosmos Clinic our acne patients all undergo a 3 month program in which they receive a PDT acne treatment each month, a facial peel each month and the skin care appropriate for their skin.

Benefits of Acne Treatments

Acne treatments can work quickly to control visible lesions and prevent new pimples from forming. Severe acne can prevent a person from doing many things they would usually enjoy because they are concerned about their appearance and about the opinion of others. Successful acne treatments can alleviate this stress and anxiety.

Acne Treatments Potential Risks

The most common side effects of acne treatments are dryness, scaliness or irritation of the skin. To minimise or prevent these side effects, we recommend a light moisturiser may need to be applied. To reduce irritation that can occur with retiniods or benzyl peroxide we advise our patients to use these products sparingly.

Acne Treatments Costs & Prices

Acne treatments and PDT costs and prices vary widely depending on your overall situation and expectations. Contact us for details.

Acne Treatment Locations

Your initial acne treatments consultation can be undertaken our clinic in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide or the Gold Coast.

In Summary…

Acne treatments can provide some excellent benefits in terms of your self-worth as well as your emotional well-being. You should ensure that you fully understand the treatment and ask lots of questions whilst you are deciding whether this is the right solution for you. There are some risks to consider and discuss with your doctor. Finally, the decision should be yours and yours only however, having made the right decision for you, you will be on the path to joining the hundreds of men and women who undergo acne treatments every year who are delighted with the results.