Almost everyone has had at least mild acne at some point. A generation or so ago, it was thought that eating too many sweet or greasy foods caused acne; now doctors know much more about why breakouts happen and how to treat them.
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.
A diet with a high glycemic index, such as white breads, waffles, and other carbs, may worsen acne.
Q. Should I stop wearing makeup if I have acne?
You don’t have to stop wearing makeup altogether, but you might try switching brands. If you’re noticing breakouts along the sides of your temples, hair creams or gels might be exacerbating your acne. Look for cosmetics and toiletries with the label “noncomedogenic,” meaning that they don’t clog pores.
Q. Does acne mean I’m not keeping my face clean enough?
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.
Q. What are the treatment options for my Acne?
SKIN PEELS: Glycolic, Salicylic or Mandelic acid. They help to reduce acne, oiliness of the skin, lighten acne marks and reduce the dullness of the skin. Along with this some medication in the form of tablets and creams for home care is given. Peels also remove the deaed skin and improve the quality of the skin. Sessions are done at a gap of 15 days
IPL: A type of light which helps for faster drying up of the acne. Few sessions are needed.
Q. How many session do I need?
You may need 6 to 8 sessions depending on the type and sesverity of acne.
Q. What if Acne don’t respond to Peels ?
In such patient we use specific anti acne tablets which has a course of upto six minths and
can also do IPL treatment which help to reduce the red acne.
Q. How do we treat Acne Scar or Pit?
Nowadays we have very good options for treatment of acne scars
Peels: this is the most basic for your acne marks..6 to 8 sessions are needed.
Dermaroller: gives excellent results in 4 to 6 sessions.
Microneedling Radiofrequency : gives very good scar reduction and skin tightening also.so best suited for older patients with acne scars.
PRP: Its a solution rich in platelets which is prepeared from the patients own blood. The scar skin is treated with PRP solution which causes the scars to fill up from within as it contains lot of growth factors.
Fractional co2 laser: Best laser available for acne scar reduction 2 to 3 session are needed
Subcision: This is done for the stubborn scars and help to lift up the scars. It’s a simple and inexpensive technique.
TCA Cross: Done for stubborn scars. A special solution is applied into the scars which helps the scar to reduce in size.
All the above therapies can give upto 70 to 80%reduction in acne scars depending on the type of scars.
Q. Are these procedures safe ?
Yes they are very safe. You need to follow the post procedure instructions given by the doctor.
Q. What procedure is good for my Scars?
Choice of treatment depends on the type of scars. Normally any 2 of the above discussed therapies are combined to give the best results. They are chosen after complete evaluation of the patient acne before and after treatment.