Ask Dr Miriam.
Byline: DR MIRIAM STOPPARD
Q I'm not young and for the past year or so I've had nasty red spots on my face which I can't budge. My doctor says I've got acne but I thought only teenagers got this?
A What your doctor means is that you've got adult acne - which is something different from the teenage variety.
I saw one report which said that almost half the women in the UK are thought to have adult acne in some form. It's increasing in prevalence, especially in women. The good news is there are treatments that can help, plus there are a few things you can do for yourself - keep out of the sun and wear sunblock every day regardless of the weather.
People get acne because of an overgrowth of a bacterium which grows in the grease glands. This can be killed off by a cream containing diolenyl so get some of this from your doctor.
Roaccutane, a chemical similar to vitamin A, will also help - but this should only be used under medical supervision.