Duquessa offers advise for the Management of mild acne:

Most patients with mild acne can be treated with topical treatment (gels, solutions and lotions) that can be obtained over-the-counter without prescription.

Most people just use topical agents for facial skin as they can be difficult to apply to one’s back.
Wash affected areas twice daily with a mild cleanser and water or an antiseptic wash.
Acne products should be applied to all areas affected by acne, rather than just put on individual spots. 
A thin smear should only be applied to dry clean skin at night time.
Acne products may work better if applied in the morning as well.
They often cause dryness particularly in the first 2–4 weeks of use. This is partly how they work. The skin usually adjusts to this.
Apply an oil-free moisturiser only if the affected skin is obviously peeling.
Avoid applying oily cosmetics such as foundation or sunscreen.
It may take several weeks or even months to see convincing improvement.
Discontinue using product if severe irritation results. Call Duquessa for advice.

General principles of treatment of ACNE:

Acne can be effectively treated, although response may sometimes be slow.
Where possible, avoid excessively humid conditions such as a sauna, working in an unventilated kitchen or tropical vacations.
Follow a low-glycaemic, low-protein and low-dairy diet. Avoid protein or amino acid supplements, particularly if they contain leucine. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
If you smoke, stop. Nicotine increases sebum retention and increased scale within the follicles, forming comedones (blackheads and whiteheads).
Minimise the application of oils and cosmetics to the affected skin.
Abrasive skin treatments can aggravate both comedones and inflammatory lesions.
Try not to scratch or pick the spots.
Exposure to sunlight filtered through window glass can help – see information about lasers, lights and acne. To avoid sunburn, protect your skin outdoors using a sunscreen and protective clothing.

Duquessa Skin Sanctuary offers treatments for acne and other skin conditions. For a confidential appointment please call 03 9388 9500 or email