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Acne Treatment - Procedure, Cost And Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Acne refers to a skin condition which occurs when hair follicles on the skin get plugged with oil, dead skin cells and dirt. These substances clog the pores present in the skin and lead to pimples. There are various types of acne, categorized on the basis of their severity and appearance – blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, cysts, nodules and acne conglobate.

The treatment for acne is focused on removing the acne causing bacteria and excess oil from the skin. The treatment also reduces oiliness of the skin. Different treatments include oral medications, medical procedures, and topical medications.

Oral medications refer to drugs which help to treat acne in moderate and severe cases. Some drugs are available over the counter while others are available only when prescribed by doctors.

Medical procedures are used to treat acne when the symptoms are severe. The procedures are usually performed in a doctor’s clinic. Drainage and extraction, laser therapy along with chemical peels and microdermabrasion are some of these medical procedures.

Topical medications refer to the lotions, gels, creams that promote acne healing. These medicines contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid which controls the amount of oil secreted by the skin.

How is the treatment done?

The various types of treatments are explained below:

  • Antibiotics that are a part of oral medication kill the bacteria that resides inside the pores of the skin.
  • Birth control pills regulate the hormone levels which improve acne symptoms in the fairer sex. However, these pills should not be consumed during pregnancy.
  • Isotretinoin belongs to the retinoid family and is considered to be a strong drug for treating severe cases of acne. Consumption of this drug reduces the oil glands’ size, as a result of which the oil secretion is reduced. This drug is available only when prescribed by a doctor.
  • Drainage and extraction method is mainly used to treat cystic acne. In this method, a doctor manually drains out the large cysts that form under the skin. Along with this, fluids, pus, dead skin and dirt are also removed. This helps in reducing the pain as well as the infection. At times, steroids or antibiotics are injected into the infected area to speed up the healing process.
  • In laser therapy, laser light is used to reduce the growth and amount of acne-causing bacteria The laser light penetrates the skin and eventually kills the bacteria present on the skin. This treatment is cost efficient and painless.
  • Chemical peels and microdermabrasion are used to remove the topmost layer of the skin. This treatment is used to effectively remove whiteheads and the blackheads.
  • Topical medications like gel, cream and lotion are applied as a thin coat on the surface of the skin. These products reduce the oil secreted by the body. They also help in killing the bacteria that causes acne.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Any person suffering from mild to moderate acne can resort to topical medications and oral drugs. However, one needs to check the composition of these products to make sure it will suit them. Otherwise, they may face adverse effects.

In case the person is suffering from severe acne, he/she can treat it via medical procedures.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

People with sensitive skin.

People suffering from keloid scars should avoid the medical procedures to treat acne.

People with darker skin tones should avoid the laser treatment as they may suffer from loss of pigmentation.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects of the acne treatment vary according to the method of treatment. They are:

  • Topical medications may cause skin irritation and dryness along with peeling. However, these are temporary in nature and heal as the body adapts to the medication.
  • Consumption of oral medications can have side effects like stomach upset, dizziness, nausea, etc.
  • Certain medical procedures may result in the formation of large scars and depigmentation.
  • Apart from these, you may witness swelling of the face, difficulty in breathing, tightness in the throat, allergies, rashes, etc.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

One of the most important guidelines that one must follow during the treatment as well as post treatment is to avoid the sun.

One should try to keep the infected area clean. He/she should use cleaners/face washes as recommended by the doctor.

The person should try to maintain a healthy diet and avoid consuming spicy food.

In the case of medical procedures, it’s recommended to visit the doctor after a day or two of the treatment. This will enable the doctor to analyze the condition and provide him/her with further guidelines.

How long does it take to recover?

Recovery time varies from person to person. It largely depends on the skin type of the patient as well as the treatment opted for. People with normal skin tone react quicker to the treatment while people with sensitive skin tone may face certain complications which increase the recovery time.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The laser treatment cost varies between Rs. 1000/- to Rs.30000/-. The cost of various application-based products and oral medicines also vary depending on the brand.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Most of the treatments usually provide steady results. External factors like pollution and dirt may bring back the occurrence of acne. In case the patient does not follow a healthy diet, chances are that the acne will recur.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Apart from these treatments, one can opt for various homeopathy and ayurvedic methods to cure acne. Home remedies and a healthy lifestyle can also help eradicate acne.

Safety: High Effectiveness: Medium Timeliness: Medium Relative Risk: Low Side Effects: Low Recovery Time: Medium Price Range: Rs. 100 - Rs. 30,000

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MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Delhi
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Hi, I am Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi, Dermatologist and hair transplant surgeon from MedLinks, New Delhi. I have been covering a very important condition today, which is called acne and this is one of the most common skin conditions globally, around 95% of people they have acne any point of time. So question is what causes acne, well the multiple reasons for acne the most common are the hormonal changes in the body that changed in the oil production by the stem cells and as a result this extra sebum this clogs our pores, combine with the dead cells and the infection by the bacteria which reside in the skin acne occurring selfless. There are multiple types of acne, acne is not a single disease there are more than 14 types of acne, the common words are called as acne vulgaris then we have comedones acne in common language we call as black and white heads and then there are severe cops of acne called as nodular acne. Acne is not a limited to teenagers, acne are also seen in adult women and this is matter of embarrassment and these kind of reasons which are seen in adult common may be a sign of underline hormonal problem. The question is why acne should be treated, the answer is, if acne are not treated they can lead to scarring and scarring is permanent. So the old myth that acne goes with the time that is correct but acne do not go without leaving that memories. They go but they leave their memories of scars and the soul water of treatment of acne is to prevent the scarring. So it is better to prevent acne and treat them on time rather than keep on fit in the scars because of improper treatment. What are the treatment options of acne? So acne treatment depends on the type of acne, the age of the patient and the severity. So mild acne that treated by certain face washes, the certain creams, retinoids, topical Balzoltociled certain face washes to reduce the oil production and de clogged the pores, but in moderate to severe cases we required oral medications and certain specialised therapies. At MedLinks we have a specialised, customised treatment for acne to name the few we have a signature treatment called as acne buster, acne buster treatment begins with the proper cleansing of the face with the some steam to the face to make the comedones get soften, we do thorough comedones extraction and then we do certain anti-acne peels to de clogged the pores to reduce the sebaceous lakes activity and to cause some exfoliation so that the complexion and the spots created by they also get better over the mean of time. For severe acne and specially the adult acne which are seen in women, we have a fantastic treatment called as carbon facial. The carbon facial is a very popular treatment globally and it uses acute switch and the lasers on the face to target adult acne and this treatment first apply carbon lotion on the face then with quacy long pills, we melt this carbon so that it can penetrate the pores and then with this quasi-CW laser we target this pigment which is concentrated in the sebaceous gland, so that we can directly target the gland and reduce its sebaceous activity. So this treatment is known to give very good results in adult women without the need of long term uses of contraceptives. By using these sophisticated treatments, we can treat acne on time and minimising the damage caused by these acne. So what are waiting for if there acne we have solutions and we have solutions for everybody, these are safe US FDA approved and they do not have any long term or short term side effects. Thank you.

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Acne

MBBS
General Physician, Ghaziabad
Acne

Don't be fooled into thinking your acne will just go away. Start treatment early, at the first signs of blackheads or break outs.

All About Acne

Diploma in Diet and Nutrition, M.Sc - Psychology, BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
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Know the causes and treatment for your acne

Hi this is Dr. Chavi Bansal and I am practicing homeopathy at Home Mutual Normal Homeopathy in Pitampura. Let us have a brief discussion about acne.

Acne is one of the most commonly seen skin diseases especially in young individuals and teenagers. It can manifest from blackheads or whiteheads to pustule and to reduce depending on its severity it is more common in young individuals or teenagers because the hormonal changes occurring during puberty which leads to much secretion of oil at the end this all gets clot into the pores into the skin which leads to secondary infection but this hormonal changes does not occur only during puberty.

They can also happen during pregnancy or because of prolonged use of contraceptives or in certain other conditions as well but it is not the case that it happens only because of the hormonal changes it can also develop because of certain triggering factors like much intake of oily food, poor food or lifestyle. Very much stress and polluted or unhealthy environment as well this acne does not only manifest physically, acne has also been found to produce deeper impact individuals leading to much other symptoms like prolong stress.

It has been found that many of the teenagers go into depression they have a tendency to develop low confidence as they feel embarrassed and they don't then. They go into the favor for isolation and so the treatment should also be targeted toward treating the condition in a deep way only coming to the home with. The treatment of acne homeopathic treatment is the most strongly suggestive treatment for acne not because it controls the oil secretion. But because it addresses the basic constitutional tendency to develop acne. It controls the hormonal imbalances and it also controls the secondary infections it is very well known to everyone that homeopathy produces the best results in the cases of acne and it is not the case that take very long intervals to get better.

It just depends on the Intensity Severity in the duration of your symptoms that how long it will take for the treatment to cure you completely as well in any other query related to acne feel free to consult me through Lybrate.

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MBBS, Diploma In Dermatology And Venerology And Leprosy (DDVL), DNB (Dermatology), MNAMS
Dermatologist, Delhi
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Here are treatment , procedures and do's and don'ts of acne.

Hi I am Dr. Nivedita Dadu. I am a dermatologist at Skinology Skin Clinic. And today I will be discussing about acne.

Every patient of acne is different and therefore requires a tailor made treatment while mild cases may respond to change in skincare routine. Moderate to severe cases may require oral medications and cases that are refractory to treatment and adult acne may require a proper hormonal work up to rule out hormonal imbalances like polycystic ovaries. Acne management does not only include treating the active acne that you have but also includes treatment of the scars that the acne has left.

There are medications available for the red and brown marks that the acne is leaving but for your scars you may have to undergo one of the two procedures either derma rollers or scar lasers. As a patient one also needs to know that there are certain rules and don’ts of acne like following the right skincare routine which includes using the right sunscreen and right face wash, following the right diet which includes avoiding food with high glycemic index like mangoes and chocolates. Avoiding steam and sauna which may open your pores and increase the chances of infection and using the right makeup.

For any further queries you can contact me directly or through lybrate.

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Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine, MBBS
Cosmetic Physician, Delhi
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Here are prevention and treatments of acne.

Hi! This is Dr. Rittika. I am a cosmetic physician, a trichologist, and a weight loss consultant. Today I am going to speak about Acne.

Acne is one of the most common skin problem today, as many as 1 and 2 people suffer from acne. These are may be red eruptions which may be filled with pus. Acne is formed when the mixture of dirt and dead skin cells clog our pores and leads to the eruption of red sores which we call acne or pimples. These mistakenly get infected with bacteria and it leads to the formation of pus and worsening of acne. The treatment of acne basically aims at treating the lesions which are always present to prevent further breakout and to prevent scarring and reduce the chances of scarring. Acne requires a proper medical treatment and post acne care for treatment of dark spots and scars which are commonly associated with acne.

Apart from medical treatment which involves an application of medications locally and oral medications if required, advanced treatments are also available. These are chemical peels, R.F therapy, Oxy-microcurrent therapy and micro needling therapy. I would highly recommend them because these not only cure acne but, they also lead to significant improvement in the appearance of scars and spots. The treatment is customized according to the need of the patient and severity of acne. Now acne may or may not lead to scarring. Some people are naturally more prone to scarring than others, for example, a person may have rather a severe acne without a scar inside, and for others, even a benign lesion can lead to a depressed pockmark. So early treatment is the best way to prevent scarring. If you are highly prone to scarring, consider meeting a cosmetic physician or a dermatologist right away and discuss acne treatment options with them.

I would like to give you tips for acne affected skin. First of all, if you have acne, do not touch or pig the area. Use only on comedogenic makeup, while going out in sun, use sunscreen, shave very carefully and shampoo your hair regularly. For more information on acne and for acne free clear skin, please visit Clinic Cosmoderma or book an appointment to lybrate.com. Thank you.

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Popular Questions & Answers

I am suffering from pimples and scars. Every day new pimple grow on my face nd leave a ridiculous scars I tried so many doctors they prescribe me epiduo gel gudcef cv and sibogel but there ws no any progress. Its going worst nd worst day by day.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
The pimples and acne can be cured permanently by Homoeopathic treatment... You can consult me through lybrate... Till then start with Berberis Aquifolium Q 10 drops TDs..
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Hamare face par dane ho gaye hain aur bahut dard bhi hote hain koi aur fodne par kale pad jate hain koi dawa bataiye doctor sir.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
Pehle to use fodna nahi he... Aur Homoeopathic Medicine Sulphur 200 ek dose li kiye... Or agar achhe se treatment karana ho to consult kare..
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Acne problem my age is 20 and I have a dry skin Suggest me to prevent this problem.

BHMS ,PGDPC , MS (psych.)
Homeopath, Nashik
Take Homeopathic medicine 1) Berberis vulgaris 30.8 pills .at morning 2) Suphur 30.8 pills .at night 3) apply Saundarya Homeopathic cream daily.

I guess my weight is More and i have severe allergic pimples. What should i do to cure?

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
I will suggest you to apply aloevera gel twice a day for six months over the lesion and follow up on completion and few tips on diet say no to maida items like toast , khaari ,naan ,white bread . can drink tea but without sugar say no to Buffalo milk and can drink cows milk can eat brown bread can eat sprout’s can eat green vegetables, can eat chappati ,bajra ka rotla can eat one katori of rice twice a day with dal to avoid farsan food items can eat fruits say no to coconut water

Respected sir/ma'am I am facing skin problems from last year. I am having pimples, dark spots, and many small small black coloured pimples type (keel-muhaase). It looks very bad. Can you please suggest me a cream or something like that, which would help me.

MBBS
General Physician, Fatehabad
Hi Lybrate User, let me tell you some Holistic ways to control your skin problems. Rhassoul clay is a wonderful alternative. It reduces oil production without drying the skin out, leaving the skin soft and smooth. I prescribe many of my patients a mask made with rhassoul clay and a blend of Chinese herbs. You can find it in the market and make a paste for application on acne affected area. Use Gel or Cream Containing Tea Tree. The topical use of tea tree reduces redness and has strong antibacterial properties. It's been shown to be effective against P. Acnes and Staph aureus, the two strains of bacteria associated with acne. I recommend topical products containing at least 5% tea tree. Make your own serum at home by combining 5% tea tree oil with 95% of a non-comedogenic oil (such as argan oil). Hope this helps. Good Luck.
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Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
Having issues? Consult a doctor for medical advice