ACNE OR PIMPLES is one of the most common skin disease, commonly seen in the age group of 12 to 24 years , but no age is immune to it. It usually affects the face but can also affect backs, shoulders, and chest. It results in formation of small bumps or pimples, black heads, white heads, comedones, pustules, nodules, and may ultimately lead to scarring or pigmentry changes.
Dr. Satish Sangwan is the best dermatologist when it comes to acne or pimple treatment . At Skin Karma Clinic , Acne treatment is done through laser acne reduction therapies and chemical peels . We have treated number of patients with acne problems successfully through our laser and chemical peels therapies .
WHAT CAUSES ACNE/PIMPLE ?
During puberty or teenage years various hormonal changes influence the small oil glands called sebaceous glands, to increase in size and produce more oil. Some of this gets become clogged by the debris of cells shed into the opening of these glands.
This trapped sebum further invites a bacteria Propionibacterium acnes. Our body reacts to this by causing inflammation, redness, pain and pus formation.
WHAT MAKES ACNE WORSE?
Women often experience worsening of acne around menses due to the hormonal changes around the monthly period .
Thick or oily make-up, procedures like face massage or waxing
Picking and squeezing the spots may cause further inflammation and scarring.
hot or humid conditions may make acne worse.
DRUGS like steroids, topical or oral, antitubercular drugs ,anti epileptic drugs ,ocp containing proegestrone only pills
Certain medical conditions like PCOD
VARIOUS TREATMENT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE
antibiotics like clindamycin or azithromycin
salicylic acid, azealic acid preparations
Antibiotics like azithromycin , minocycline ,or doxycycline
LASER ACNE REDUCTION
TREATMENT OF SCARS
By lasers resurfacing
Surgical procedures like subcision ,cross technique and skin grafting
FACTS AND TIPS
Acne is not caused by poor hygiene.
Do not wash more than normal. Twice a day is normal for most people. In fact, excessive washing may make it worse.
Acne is not contagious – it is not passed on through touching.
Drink lots of water
Regular exercise will help
DURATION OF TREATMENT/HOW LONG TREATMENT IS NEEDED?
No fixed course
There is often a good response to treatment by six weeks however 6 to 8 months of treatment may be required for best results.
Most common cause of failure of treatment is incomplete treatment., so do not stop treatment even if you do not see initial improvement in a couple of weeks.
CAN ACNE COME BACK AFTER TREATMENT
Acne may flares up again if you stop treatment. Therefore, it is better to carry on with a maintenance treatment to prevent acne from flaring up again.