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Busted: 6 Common Myths About Acne

Dr. Sharat Gupta 87% (10 ratings)
MD - Dermatology, MBBS
Dermatologist, Surat
Busted: 6 Common Myths About Acne

You may have heard a lot about teen acne and things related to it, especially its nature and solutions to cure this skin condition. However, there are several misconceptions about acne. Many facts regarding the cause and remedy for acne, which are commonly talked about, are incorrect. Here are some myths and facts about teen acne you should know about:

  1. Tanning clears the skin: A tan may act as a temporary mask to prevent acne. However, the sun dries up the skin and irritates it. This may further lead to acne breakout. There is no link between exposure to the sun and acne prevention, and the rays of the sun can cause damage to the skin. You should always use a sunscreen while going out in the sun.
  2. Wash your face to prevent acne breakouts: Washing your face helps in removing the dirt and oil from the pores of the skin. However, too much washing may cause dryness and irritation, triggering more acne breakout. You should not scrub your face and use a mild soap or a facewash to wash your face.
  3. Popping pimples will help in faster elimination: Popping pimples makes them less noticeable for some time, but it causes the pimples to last longer. When you squeeze a pimple, you push bacteria, dead skin cells and oil back into the skin. This causes increased swelling and reddening. It might also cause a red or brown scar, which takes a lot of time to disappear. Some of these scars last forever.
  4. Stress leads to acne: The normal daily stress a teenager faces does not lead to acne. However, in the case of stressful periods, such as dealing with the death of a loved one or facing parent’s divorce, the skin produces extra oil or sebum. This does not always mean that you will get more zits and pimples.
  5. Acne is curable: Acne is not curable. It is chronic in nature and may last for a very long time. It is like a continuous situation which keeps on recurring on the skin. It may come and go several times and in case you are prone to acne, you will face a hard time dealing with it.
  6. Pimples occur overnight: Another common misconception regarding acne is that pimples occur overnight. The truth is that a pimple takes weeks to develop but it may surface while you are asleep. The process of acne development is a complicated one and involves four steps.

Many people think that applying cold water closes pores and hot water opens pores. This is not true as the pores present all over your face do not have muscles. They cannot open and close.

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I am 18 years old. I'm suffering from acne and pimple problem. I've taken homeopathic for around 7 months and 2 bottles of berberis aquifolium, and 1 bottle of Safi. Still no results. Please help me to get rid of them.

Dr. Nischay Bidada 87% (53 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Ayurveda, PG Diploma in Yoga Vignana
Ayurveda, Hyderabad
I am 18 years old. I'm suffering from acne and pimple problem. I've taken homeopathic for around 7 months and 2 bottl...
Use Himalaya Neem tab 1 tab trice a day along with surakta syrup (Baidyanath) 15 ml twice a day for one month. Wash your face twice a day with Neem face wash or Azac soap and apply Clarina ointment on the pimples and pimples marks. Avoid eating oily and spicy food. If possible eat one citrus fruit like orange or sweet lime per day! follow this regime and you shall have a glowing face without any marks and acne.
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Hello sir/madam I have a serious problem related to acne and pimples​. After masturbation my face filled up with pimples. They left dead cells. Please suggest me medicine to cure it.

Dr. Sandesh Gupta 93% (3326 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD)
Dermatologist, Delhi
Hello sir/madam
I have a serious problem related to acne and pimples​. After masturbation my face filled up with pimp...
Use a face wash containing salicylic acid and a gel containing Benzoyl peroxide 2.5% at night whenever you have active acne. You may visit your dermatologist for complete prescription.
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I am 24. Having severe acne allover my face specially chin area. It gets aggravated n becomes more inflamed n red by intake of dairy and sugar. I have had antibiotic (doxy100 mg. Topical acnetoin (clindamycin+nicotinamide. Dint hlp. Bt actually made it worse. Acne became hard n persistent. Skin also became dull. So m thinking to switch over vit supplements. Vit A, C,D3, Zn.bt my dermatologist dsnt advocate dis decisn. He tells me to take Accutane. Bt I hv read a lot of harmful effects of asthma. Please help. Shall I take vit supplements in litl high dosage?

Dr. Malavika Unnikrishnan 95% (25 ratings)
MBBS, DDVL
Dermatologist, Kochi
I am 24. Having severe acne allover my face specially chin area. It gets aggravated n becomes more inflamed n red by ...
Just vitamin supplements will not help. Avoid food with high glycemic index like dairy products, nuts,chocolates etc. You may require more than 1 modality of treatment. If its severe and resistant isotretinoin may have to be started. This has to be supplemented by topicals and peels. Your dermatologist will advise a treatment plan after proper evaluation. Make sure you stick to it. It may take sometime.
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My skin is prone to acne so whenever I get recurrent pimples I prefer to take isotroin-20. I just wanted to know is there any side effects of this medicine except that warning to female patients. I further want to know any medicine for acne which can prevent acne. Thank you.

Dr. Shaurya Rohatgi 96% (3465 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Mumbai
My skin is prone to acne so whenever I get recurrent pimples I prefer to take isotroin-20. I just wanted to know is t...
Treatment depends on severity. You should not use isotroin on your own with supervision. Acne can be treated easily with facewash, tablets and creams. Some people have more oilyness on the face which results in breakouts. After completing treatment for controlling the active breakouts, tablets can be stopped and creams need to be continued to prevent recurrence. Diet and lifestyle modifications are also important. Please don't do any self treatment such as over the counter Steroid creams. Don't burst the pimples with your fingers as it can result in ugly scars. The marks and pores left behind after the pimples heal can also be treated. Please call me or send your photos through online consult option for detailed prescription and diet advice.
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Know Here The Most Common Causes of Acne Breakouts!!

Dr. Narasimhalu C.R.V. 94% (35281 ratings)
MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
Know Here The Most Common Causes of Acne Breakouts!!

Acne is a teenager's biggest worry. However, it can occur at any age. Acne or Acne vulgaris occurs when oil, dead skin or bacteria block the pores on your skin. Though it is not dangerous, acne can be embarrassing and can leave scars on your skin. Severe acne can also be quite painful.

Pimples in the form of black heads and white heads are the main symptoms of acne. These can usually be seen on the face, back, chest, shoulders and neck of acne patients. Apart from these, painful lumps under the surface of the skin and red raised bumps can also be found on the skin of acne patients. 

Acne can be triggered by a number of factors. Here are some of the common triggers for acne.

  1. Stress: The severity of acne can be correlated to the levels of stress a person is facing. While scientists are yet to figure the exact relationship between stress and acne; it is known that the cells that produce sebum or oil also act as stress receptors. Studies suggest that when a person is under stress, these cells produce excessive sebum that clogs pores on the skin leading to pimples. 
  2. Hormones: Hormones play an important role in skin health especially when it comes to women. Androgens or the male hormones present in both men and women, trigger acne by over stimulating the oil glands. Women may also see an increase in pimples during menstruation. This is due to the fluctuating levels of progesterone that stimulate the production of sebum. 
  3. Genetics: If one or both parents have acne, their children have high chances of suffering from it as well. Genes influence the sensitivity of your skin towards hormones such as androgens and progesterone that trigger acne. They also influence the production of anti inflammatory chemicals in the skin and skin's response to bacteria. 
  4. Medication: Acne is one of the side effects to a few types of medication such as corticosteroids and anticonvulsants. However, this is not seen very often. On the other hand, drugs that contain hormones such as androgenic steroids almost always cause an acne breakout. 

Treatment for acne depends on the severity of the condition and its persistence. Mild cases can be easily treated with over the counter medication but if your acne is severe and not affected by these medications, it best to consult a dermatologist.

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I am having pimples from the age of 14 nd now lots of acne holes are present on my face. I want smooth face. Still sometimes some pimples occur. What kind of treatment do I need to do for clear face.

Dr. Deepak Sharma 88% (38 ratings)
MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Gwalior
I am having pimples from the age of 14 nd now lots of acne holes are present on my face. I want smooth face. Still so...
Retino a micro 0.04% gel to be applied in a pea size. On whole face at night, .apply sunscreen day time.
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Doctor, I have pimples and acne problem. Have you a helpful cause and cure idea to clear it?

Dr. Nischay Bidada 87% (53 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Ayurveda, PG Diploma in Yoga Vignana
Ayurveda, Hyderabad
Doctor,
I have pimples and acne problem. Have you a helpful cause and cure idea to clear it?
Use Himalaya Neem tab 1 tab trice a day along with safi syrup 15 ml twice a day for one month. Wash your face twice a day with Neem face wash or Azac soap and apply Clarina ointment on the pimples and pimples marks. Avoid eating oily and spicy food. If possible eat one citrus fruit like orange or sweet lime per day! follow this regime and you shall have a glowing face without any marks and pimples.
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Want face solution. I want clear face from small acne and pores pls provide home ayurvedic remedy pls give me answer useful.

Dr. Nischay Bidada 87% (53 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Ayurveda, PG Diploma in Yoga Vignana
Ayurveda, Hyderabad
Want face solution. I want clear face from small acne and pores pls provide home ayurvedic remedy pls give me answer ...
Use Himalaya Neem tab 1 tab trice a day along with safi syrup 15 ml twice a day for one month. Wash your face twice a day with Neem face wash or Azac soap and apply Clarina ointment on the pimples and pimples marks. Avoid eating oily and spicy food. If possible eat one citrus fruit like orange or sweet lime per day! follow this regime and you shall have a glowing face without any marks and acne.
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Since 3 years I have so much acne on my face but now I have little bit like 3 or 4 pimples but they are big. And give me little pain .and also I have spots on my face and so much scars on my face .And my skin is oily I use clean & clear facewash. But I want to my skin more better and glowing So please give me some suggestions.

Dr. Devesh Mehta 90% (1265 ratings)
MBBS, M.Ch - Plastic Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Ahmedabad
Since 3 years I have so much acne on my face but now I have little bit like 3 or 4 pimples but they are big. And give...
You may need one or more of the followings. 1. Scar revisions 2. Subcisions. 3. Non-peeling lasers. 4. Peeling lasers. 5. Fat grafting.
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