Almost 85 % of teenagers and young adults suffer from pimples or acne problems. It is one of the leading causes of why people consult a dermatologist. Pimples can be challenging to treat, and the dark scars they leave behind are every teenager's nightmare. A 29-year-old patient, who was suffering from acne for the last 17 years, contacted a dermatologist on iCliniq.com. The patient was tired of trying several over-the-counter acne creams, lotions, and home remedies over the years without any improvement. So she decided to post a query on our site with a photo of her acne-affected skin.
Our dermatologist read the query and sifted through the photo, and told the patient that as she has severe acne problem, home remedies and over-the-counter creams would not be helpful, as acne needs treatment with oral medications for 4 to 5 months. The doctor told her to consult a local doctor and start taking oral antibiotics and other medications, to use a medicated face wash, to apply topical ointments and sunscreens, and to avoid applying hair oil. The doctor also suggested some lifestyle modifications such as avoiding oily and junk food and reducing the consumption of starchy food like potatoes, rice, etc. The doctor wanted the patient to try this treatment plan for 2 to 4 weeks and follow up with photos.
The patient tried the treatment for four weeks and uploaded her photo and informed the doctor that she has stopped getting new breakouts. She wanted to know what to do next. The doctor told the patient that there was good improvement, and told her to continue the oral and topical medicines and to follow up after a couple of months.
After completing the course of treatment, the patient again posted a photo and told the doctor that her face is almost clear now. But she was worried if she will have new breakouts after she stops the medications. She wanted to know some preventive tips for acne. Our doctor told her that oral Isotretinoin is the only way to prevent new breakouts, but it should not be taken for more than 4 to 6 months. The doctor told her to watch what she eats and cleanse and moisturize her face properly. The patient was so happy with the treatment result that she keeps messaging our doctor with regular updates and photos.