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Acute Acne - How Can They Be Managed?

Dr. Sayantani Chakraborty 87% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Kolkata
Acute Acne - How Can They Be Managed?

One of the skin’s main functions is protection, and one of the ways it does that is by producing sebum. During teenage and early adolescent years, there is a release of excessive sexual hormones, which also leads to excessive sebum production. This clogs the pores, leading to accumulation of sebum within the skin layers. There are also bacteria trapped within this, leading to infections. Symptoms could include blister formation with pustules, redness, and severe pain. In people with naturally oily skin, this can be a major problem, with large acne which may leave marks when healed.

Causes:
Excessive hormones (androgens).
In girls, correlation with menstrual cycles, pregnancy, and polycystic ovaries,  indicating an association with increased hormone levels.

Management: As it is easy to identify if you are prone to developing acne, steps should be taken to avoid developing acne or reducing its severity once they appear.

  1. Touching acne is a strict no-no. There is a great tendency to keep picking at it, but this should be avoided as the infection can spread to other unaffected areas.
  2. Using a cold towel or soft cotton cloth can help in soothing the area
  3. Ice cubes can also be used on the acne. This will also reduce blood supply and curtail increase in severity
  4. Acne is proven to be an indication of stress, and so stress management is very essential.
  5. Keep calm by various methods – meditation, music, yoga, exercise
  6. A regular exercise routine also is very helpful. The sweating during the exercise helps in clearing up the pores and keeping the skin clean. Sebum is more often cleared out this way, leading to reduced acne
  7. Lifestyle (sleep and diet): A healthy eating pattern with reduced oily foods and sugars and more amounts of fresh foods is highly helpful. A good amount of sleep is also beneficial for overall skin health.
  8. Garments which come in touch with facial skin like pillow covers should be washed with gentle soap
  9. Regular skin care routine should be maintained including frequent washing, regular moisturising, and periodic exfoliating.
  10. Avoid too many chemicals and adhere to a regimen using as many natural substances as possible.
  11. Mild gels or lotions like tretinoin, tazarotene, and adapalene are useful in controlling acne
  12. Topical antibiotics like clindamycin or erythromycin combined with benzoyl peroxide may also be used if more severe
  13. Birth control pills are also used to regulate hormonal levels in some women.
  14. Scars can be treated with laser light therapy, dermabrasion, chemical peels, or steroid injections
  15. Remember that acne is a part of growing up, and will naturally reduce after the growing years.

I have been suffering from cystic acne on the skin since a long time. Im a 24 yo female. Please help me with proper medication.

Dr. Narasimhalu C.R.V.(Professor) 94% (43324 ratings)
MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
I have been suffering from cystic acne on the skin since a long time. Im a 24 yo female. Please help me with proper m...
Acne or pimples. Due to hormonal changes. Oily skin causes it. Common in adolescent age. May occur in adults also. Food like Oily foods, ice cream, chocolate and sweets increase it. Treatment depends on the grade of pimples or acne. So, please send photos as it's a must to see which grade of pimples or acne for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
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I have small size acne on my back, arms, stomach, chest and hips and also have black scars from the last 6-7 years .i have been taking ayurveda med from the last one month. It reduced my acne but my pigmentation is not going. My doctor also gave me quality-GA for removing scars. What is the best treatment of it?

Dr. Tanmay Palsule 97% (2603 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
I have small size acne on my back, arms, stomach, chest and hips and also have black scars from the last 6-7 years .i...
Acne can be a painful and embarrassing skin condition, and the scars it leaves behind are an unwelcome reminder of that. A dermatologist can help remove raised or pitted scars. While hyper-pigmented blemishes may fade after several months, you can help speed up the process. Realistically, you will not be able to make acne scars disappear in a single night, but the remedies, products, treatments, and skincare tips will certainly produce a noticeable difference over time. Apply fresh lemon juice. Lemon juice has natural skin bleaching properties, and can help to effectively lighten your acne scars. Simply combine equal parts lemon juice and water and apply this liquid directly onto your scars, avoiding the surrounding skin. Wash off the lemon juice after 15 to 25 minutes or you could put the lemon juice on overnight as a mask. Use honey. Honey is a great natural solution for clearing up pimples and reducing the red marks they leave behind. This is because honey contains antibacterial properties and helps to soothe the skin and reduce inflammation. Raw or manuka honey is the most effective. It can be dabbed directly onto the scarred area, using a q-tip. Experiment with aloe vera. The sap of the aloe vera plant is a soothing natural substance which can be used to relieve many ailments, from burns to wounds to acne scars. Aloe vera helps to rejuvenate and moisturize the skin, encouraging acne scars to fade. It is possible to buy aloe vera products in the drugstore, but the best thing to do is buy an aloe vera plant and use the sap from a broken leaf. This gel-like sap can be applied directly on the scarring, and there is no need to wash off. Use an ice cube. Ice is an extremely simple home remedy which can help to fade acne scars by soothing the inflamed skin and reducing redness. To use, just wrap an ice cube in a clean cloth or piece of paper towel and hold it against the scarred skin for a minute or two, til the area starts to feel numb. Sometimes it can burn. For medication consult online in private.
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Hi Doctor, Can you please recommend a cream or ointment for small acne dark spots. I am 8 months pregnant now please help. The pigmentation or dark spots is all over in my back.

Dr. T Daulaguphu 90% (107 ratings)
MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, MBBS
Dermatologist, Guwahati
Hi Doctor,
Can you please recommend a cream or ointment for small acne dark spots. I am 8 months pregnant now please ...
Hello. You need to be careful while taking or using any medicines during pregnancy. Few creams for acne are safe during pregnancy though. Fur further management please consult me online.
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What treatment can be given to a teenage girl that is disturbed by pimples and black head.

Dr. Vishesh Sareen 90% (10867 ratings)
MD(EH)/AM/Accupressure
Homeopath, Chandigarh
What treatment can be given to a teenage girl that is disturbed by pimples and black head.
Dear Lybrate User Do not worry. In thus age harmonal changes may be there or due to oiky skin /dansruf this prblen can occur. You may take homeo naturopathy treatment. Call back for more details.
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I have a very oily and an acne prone skin, would you please tell me how to treat this condition?

Dr. Vishesh Sareen 90% (10867 ratings)
MD(EH)/AM/Accupressure
Homeopath, Chandigarh
I have a very oily and an acne prone skin, would you please tell me how to treat this condition?
Dear Lybrate user For proper cure of acne I need more details from you so call back for online treatment. You may appky kemon juice at night for 30 min. And wash it. Do not scratch or rub with nails to your skin.
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Hello sir/ madam I have a big problem my face acne please give a better way to fight this.

Dr. Narasimhalu C.R.V.(Professor) 94% (43324 ratings)
MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
Hello sir/ madam I have a big problem my face acne please give a better way to fight this.
Acne or pimples. Due to hormonal changes. Oily skin causes it. Common in adolescent age. May occur in adults also. Food like Oily foods, ice cream, chocolate and sweets increase it. Treatment depends on the grade of pimples or acne. So, please send photos as it's a must to see which grade of pimples or acne for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
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I am 24 years old female with oily acne prone skin which is highly sensitive as well. Kindly suggest what should be used (bb cream or cream? For mild coverage with no imperfections to hide. And which brand products should be used. Market flooded with brands as very difficult to decide.

Dr. Swetha T 90% (68 ratings)
MD - Dermatology, FMC (Fellow In Med.Cosmetology)
Dermatologist, Coimbatore
I am 24 years old female with oily acne prone skin which is highly sensitive as well. Kindly suggest what should be u...
Hi lybrate-user you are right there are plenty of creams available in the market even for your skin type ranging from face wahes sunscreens to BB creams to skin lightening range. It only depends on how much you are willing to spend. Anyways you should be looking for products with primarily salicylic acid and or glycolic acid in them. Also look for products that are mentioned non-comedogenic. If you are looking for a specific prescription kindly book an online appointment/ private chat. Thank you and have a good day.
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Hi I am nithin I have an acne problem from 1 year not a high acne how to reduce it.

Dr. Jatin Soni 93% (36385 ratings)
MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
Hi I am nithin I have an acne problem from 1 year not a high acne how to reduce it.
I will suggest you to apply aloevera gel twice a day for six months over the lesion and follow up on completion
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