Acne

Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It causes whiteheads, blackheads or pimples.

Acne is most common among teenagers, though it affects people of all ages.

Acne lesions are most common on the face, but they can also occur on the neck, chest, back, shoulders, and upper arms.

It is necessary to treat acne, as it can lead to permanent scarring, pigmentation and disfigurement.

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Treatment
For the best cosmetic results, acne should be treated during early stages.

SPARSH creates individual based approach for each patient and provides specific skincare plan for each of them. We suggest a multi-dimensional approach with a combination of topical, oral and cosmetic procedures for quick and complete recovery of acne lesions.

Treatment
Frequently Asked Questions
Generally, no. The primary trigger of most cases of acne is the fluctuation of hormones. Hormones stimulate the oil glands to produce more sebum, which can block pores. Bacteria can then grow within the pores, causing them to become inflamed and break out.

But there is some evidence that certain diets may have an effect on acne, that high consumption of dairy products raises the risk of getting acne because of the hormones in milk, cheese, and yogurt. Also, the diet with high glycemic index, such as white breads, potatoes, white rice, sugary foods and soft drinks can worsen acne.
You don’t have to stop wearing makeup altogether, but you must switch your brands and look for cosmetics and toiletries with the label “non comedongeic,” meaning that they don’t clog pores. Also apply a skin repair cream before applying make-up on your face.
Not necessarily. In fact, scrubbing too hard at your face can aggravate your acne, and using alcohol-based astringents can dry out the skin. Acne is triggered by hormones, and while gentle, regular cleansing with soap and warm water can sometimes help with mild breakouts, more significant acne requires more than just good hygiene.
The primary trigger for acne is fluctuating hormones -- specifically, the male hormone testosterone. (Women do have some levels of testosterone.) When teenagers hit puberty, their hormones start surging -- and often, so does acne.
Although the hormonal fluctuations that cause acne are most common during the teen years, they can also affect adults. Women may experience hormonal swings during their menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause that can result in acne breakouts.
Acne can also be a side effect of certain medications, such as anticonvulsants, oral contraceptive pills, and steroid drugs.
That depends on many factors: your age, whether you’re male or female, how severe your acne is, and how long you’ve had it, etc. Consult your dermatologist for the best possible treatment.
Ideally you should see your dermatologist at the first onset of acne. It will prevent you from complications of acne like pigmentation, scarring and disfigurement.
Most often, acne will go away on its own at the end of puberty, but some people still struggle with acne in adulthood. Almost all acne can be successfully treated, however it’s a matter of finding the right treatment for you.
DO’s and DON’Ts
Whether you are experiencing acne for the very first time or you have recurring breakouts that haven't responded to over-the-counter treatment, it is always good to see a dermatologist.
A dermatologist can evaluate your case and determine if an underlying condition is causing you to break out. They can formulate a treatment plan that will work best for you.
Tea tree oil contains natural antiseptic properties that help combat bacteria and germs. The solution may also help ease the inflammation. To use, place a drop or two on a cotton ball and apply it to your skin. Leave it on overnight or for a few hours, and don’t worry about washing it off.
Dirt and germs accumulate on makeup brushes. Remember to wash your cosmetic brushes routinely to remove these pore-clogging residues and germs. Simply use lukewarm water and gentle soap to clean the bristles. If you prefer, use a commercial makeup brush cleaner once or twice a week for the best results.
Always keep your face covered with a white scarf, dupatta or a cap whenever you step out of the house. This will keep you safe from harsh sunlight, dirt and pollution.
Always cleanse your face with soap or face wash as soon as you come back home.
Dirty linens often lead to dirty skin. The bacteria and germs on your pillowcase and sheet may transfer to your skin, causing acne breakouts. Be sure your bed linens are clean by washing them regularly.
Excessive physical and emotional stress is not good for your health, and it may aggravate your acne condition.
Practice relaxation techniques that work for you. Consider exercise, yoga, reading, listening to music, or any other activity that relaxes you. An adequate amount of sleep may help as well.
When you're tired after a long, hard day, you might neglect to remove your makeup before climbing into bed. However, for acne-prone skin, this is a detrimental mistake. Makeup residue may prevent your skin from renewing itself, and impurities may lead to breakouts or worsen your condition. Use a gentle non-alcohol base makeup remover before bedtime.
Don’t be impatient with your current medication or treatments. You need to allow the treatment some time to work. Some acne medications and products may take up few weeks before significant results kick in.
If you keep switching your treatments and medications, your skin may become overly sensitive and irritated. It can also lead to antibiotic resistance, making it difficult to treat later on.
If you don't experience satisfactory results after few weeks, re-visit your dermatologist for further line of treatment.
If you have been perspiring, your skin will absorb the sweat and impurities, which may lead to an acne breakout. After a workout or any type of activity that has made you perspire, give your skin a thorough cleansing. Remember to be gentle and do not scrub.
Squeezing can push bacteria and pus deeper into the skin, which might cause more swelling and redness. Squeezing can also can lead to scabs and might leave you with permanent pits or scars.
Your hands are not always clean, so avoid touching your face frequently. The bacteria in your hands can cause acne.
Dr. Milap Jolapara
Dr. Milap Jolapara
founder of SPARSH MD Skin & VD
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