Acne Treatments

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Acne is one of the commonest and most distressing skin problems in both teens and adults. With so many over-the-counter products available for pimples, choosing the right treatment might confuse most people. We will guide you to choose the right oral and topical medication and guide you to choose skincare products that will calm and soothe your skin rather than aggravate your breakouts. If treated the right way, smooth and spotless skin isn’t hard to get. 

What are my options?

Topical and Oral Medication – Depending on your acne’s severity, skin type, and other factors, we will select a combination of suitable treatments for you. 

If your acne is very mild, the right skincare and a topical medication might suffice. Retinoids, azelaic acid, benzoyl peroxide, clindamycin, niacinamide, salicylic acid, and a few others have proven to be effective against acne. 

For moderate cases, we might add some oral anti-acne medication for a couple of days.

Antibiotics such as tetracyclines or macrolides kill the bacteria causing acne in the skin. However, these antibiotics should only be taken when prescribed.

For severe, uncontrollable acne-causing scarring, isotretinoin may be prescribed. Isotretinoin is a derivative of vitamin A. By shrinking the oil glands and increasing skin turnover; it shows excellent results. However, isotretinoin can cause some tolerable side effects such as dryness and chapping of lips, which we can take care of to make you as comfortable as possible during the course of your treatment. You will need to get some baseline blood tests done to be on isotretinoin. This drug is strictly contraindicated in pregnancy.

Light Therapy – Red and Blue light therapy can be used to reduce acne. In this treatment, LED lights produce energy that destroys the skin’s bacteria that cause active acne. 

Chemical Peels: We can use various peels such as salicylic acid, retinoic acid, or glycolic acid. 

Drainage and Extraction: We might use special tools to remove the blackheads and whiteheads that do not respond to medication.

Steroid Injection: In nodular or cystic acne, a steroid injection may be helpful to reduce inflammation. 

It is prudent to use the right cleanser, moisturizer, and other products as your daily skincare regimen while you’re on treatment for your acne.

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When will I see results?

It might take around 3 months for you to see your face clearing up in severe acne, although it can happen much sooner in some patients. There is a possibility of recurrence of acne in your lifetime, for which you might have to repeat the medication. 

Is my acne related to any other health problem?

Acne is a major issue in women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome and other hormonal issues. Sometimes, acne could also be due to certain medications such as phenytoin, steroids, isoniazid, etc. We might ask you to get certain blood tests done to rule out the hormonal issues. In acne related to these issues, oral contraceptives, spironolactone, or others may show excellent results.

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