Dermatologists and Skin Care

Acne vulgaris, a Social Problem.

Written by Dr. Kakkar S and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

 
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Acne is the most common skin problem encountered in the teenagers and also in adults. Acne is not a disease by itself, but being chronic in nature, it can have a significant impact in shaping the overall personality of a person. People with acne are often found to have low self-esteem which restricts them in some way or the other. Even moderate grade acne can lead to reduced self-esteem in teens and adults because they are constantly battling the issues related to how they look and are perceived by the outside world, peer pressure and bullying by others.

In the past, people used to ignore acne, but today in this highly competitive world where the first impression matters a lot, one cannot let acne play havoc with the skin, leaving behind lifelong acne scarring on the face. Imagine a girl who dreams of modeling or hospitality business or wants to become an air hostess. If she develops severe acne and does not get proper treatment, then the acne is going to ruin her career for sure.

Treatment of acne requires diligence and patience both on the part of the patient and the doctor because acne is not going to get cured overnight or within a week or 10 days. You have to be constantly aware of your acne to keep them under control as those with acne have a tendency to form new acne. Acne lessens with age and until that happens, you need to use a topical medication to keep them under control.

Treatment options for acne are plenty and a dermatologist online would suggest the best for your acne. Treatment of acne mainly revolves around topical antibacterials, topical benzoyl peroxide gel, and topical retinoids. Oral treatment includes oral antibiotics (Doxycycline, Azithromycin, Minocycline, etc.,) and oral retinoids (Isotretinoin). Once acne is under control, it might require nothing more than a topical anti-acne gel/cream (mostly a topical retinoid) to maintain the improvement. But you cannot be off it totally unless the acne tendency dies down on its own at a certain age.

For detailed information regarding the treatment for acne read this article---> https://www.icliniq.com/health-articles/health-topics/skin-and-beauty/acne-vulgaris-and-its-management

Last reviewed at: 29.Nov.2018

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