Acne is a skin concern that causes whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, etc., and usually appears on the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders. Acne mainly occurs when your hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells and are most commonly seen among teenagers. It, however, affects people of all ages.
Acne could be categorized between inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne. Blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, cysts, papules and nodules exist within these categories. Acne can often be very stubborn and can keep coming back. Because the pimples and bumps heal very slowly, often a new pimple appears by the time the first ones clear out. This can be very frustrating and could cause emotional distress if the condition gets severe, leaving marks and scars.
What causes Acne?
Although acne is caused by the clogging of hair follicles with oil and dead skin cells, there are other factors that can cause or even accelerate the condition. Some such factors are anxiety, stress, menstrual cycle, genetics, using oil-based make-ups, too much humidity, etc. Medications such as certain birth control pills or corticosteroids could also increase acne. A poor diet accompanying any of these factors could also lead to an increase in acne.
How to treat acne?
Making significant changes to your lifestyle, can reduce and even prevent a lot of skin conditions. One major habit or change that people can inculcate is to fight the urge to pick on the pimple. Squeezing or popping pimples can almost always make them worse, and they could just end up staying longer. Exfoliating your skin and cleaning it properly is also important in ensuring that your pores remain clean.
While some simple home remedies can help deal with mild acne, for severe acne, you should consult an expert who will be able to properly guide you and prescribe appropriate treatment options for your skin condition.
Some of the treatment options for acne are:
- Oral medications could be something that your clinician might recommend for your particular condition.
- Cortisone injections to flatten the pimples and cysts could also be an option that the clinician might suggest.
- Chemical peels work to clean and exfoliate the surface of the skin, making it more even, lighter and fresh.
- Laser treatment could also be used in some cases, for more targeted treatment of the acne.
- Microdermabrasion treatment which helps in deeply exfoliating the skin layer and encourages new collagen production could help make skin look younger and reduce the acne due to the healthier new cell formation.
Almost all cases of acne can be treated effectively with one or a combination of treatments and other lifestyle and dietary changes. Our experts can help treat acne, prevent new breakouts and reduce your chance of developing scars. To understand in-depth about your particular skin’s condition and concerns and the many different treatment options at PHI Clinic, please contact us, and our experts will personally guide you through the acne treatments.