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Heres How You Can Beat The Acne Stigma
Jan 2019
Dr Shuba Dharmana
Dermatologist, Lejeune Medspa, Bangalore

Young adults and teenagers get acne the most, but older adults can also get acne. A variety of factors such as excessive oil production in the skin, bacteria and clogging of the oil gland ducts are all responsible for producing acne.

Acne in its mildest form is seen as open or closed comedones that is, blackheads and whiteheads. More severe types of acne have red-inflamed and pus-filled pimples, sometimes with filled pockets of pus that can be painful and sometimes lead to scarring. Acne along with the post pigmentation marks it leaves and the scars and pits all constitute to the acne stigma that causes depression, low self-esteem and social withdrawal in young adults.

Seek Help
It is important to consult a dermatologist to prevent and treat acne. Treatment starts with proper skin care. Non-comedogenic products that do not clog the pores, water-based moisturizers and lotions or serums work better. Face wash with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid as an active ingredient may also be used.

Treatment Options
Treatment consists of ointments that decrease oil production and target bacteria. Other treatment parameters include antibiotics, hormones and isotretinoin. Depending on the grade of acne and its response to treatment, your doctor will decide to put you on one of them or opt for a combination of treatments after discussing the potential side effects and benefits.