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Acne Treatment: General Advices from Dermatologist

 

Before discussing how to manage the different types of acne in detail, it will only be proper to dwell upon the general measures to be observed while managing acne.

Here are the general advices from dermatologist to manage your acne:

  1. Boost confidence: Having the first outbreak of acne and severe acne lesions on the face is potentially threatening to a teenager. The resulting anxiety built up and low confidence levels can affect your performance both at home and at your school/ work place. Sympathetic counseling and support are required at this stage. Take time to talk to your acne skin physician or dermatologist about your fears and doubts .
  2. Dietary and food restrictions are important in most cases. Low fat, low calorie diet, avoidance of high iodine containing food, chocolates, fizzy drinks and fried food is advisable. Intake of lots of vegetables and fruits and salads should be encouraged. Avoidance of alcohol and caffeine are mandatory. Remember, cola drinks and tea also contain caffeine. For details on the effect of food on acne, see the links below.
  3. Stress Management: If there are frequent flare ups during stress periods, a stress management program should be charted out. Learn how to manage your stress to reduce acne outbreaks following stressful periods.

    Acne: Avoid Compulsive Face Wash
    Acne: Avoid Compulsive Face Wash
  4. Avoid compulsive washing: Excessive washing will further irritate the skin and interfere with the treatment regimens. Wash the face with mild soap 2-3 times daily, not more than that. Take care to wash off all specks of cosmetics that you have applied before going to bed and applying the acne medication.
  5. Avoid constant picking on the acne lesions. This will irritate the lesions. I always remind my acne patients that they are actually ‘feeding’ the pimples when they touch them too often!
  6. Avoid acne inducing cosmetics: If you have an acne prone face, avoid oil based cleansers and moisturizers on the face. Moderate use of non greasy lubricants and water based make ups are allowed. A gradual decrease in cosmetic usage is encouraged as acne improves.
    Topical Applications causing Acne
    Avoid Topical Applications causing Acne

    This is essential to avoid recurrent flare ups. See this useful tip to find out the grease or oil content of  make up cream.

  7. No OTC medication without consulting your dermatologist! Many OTC applications, whether they are herbal or chemical are potentially harmful to the skin on prolonged usage. Take expert advice before you experiment. It is your face. You cannot afford to make it an experimental field for the cosmetic industry!
  8. Avoid any suspicious medication that you may be taking (for other illnesses) that you suspect is worsening your acne. Request for alternate prescriptions from your physician.



Published by Dr Hanish Babu, MD on 26th May, 2018

Disclaimer
The information given in this article is for educational purpose only so that patients are aware of the options available. No diagnosis should be made or treatment undertaken without first consulting your doctor. If you do so, the author or the website will not be responsible for any consequences. The images provided are for illustration purpose only and are copyrighted.

Copyright 2018 © Dr Hanish Babu, MD

What is Acne?

 

What is Acne?

Acne, or pimples, is the commonest skin disease affecting almost 85% of teens at least once in their lifetime. It is a disease of the hair unit of the skin involving the oil producing sebaceous glands situated beside the hair. The sebaceous glands discharge their oily secretions into the hair canal.

 

Grade 3 or Papulopustular Acne
Moderate Acne: Grade 3 or Papulopustular Acne

Androgen hormones act on the sebaceous glands at puberty and increase their size and sebum (oil) production. The normal function of sebum is to keep the skin smooth and supple by providing an oily environment. Increased sebum secretion and the action of certain bacteria inside the hair canal results in acne formation.

The following series of articles will discuss about different types of acne and modalities of treatment of acne and its complications.

The links will become active as new articles are being added. Please visit this page regularly.

All About Acne

  1. Acne 101: The Acne Basics
  2. Causes of Acne
  3. Pathogenesis of Acne or How Does Acne Develop?
  4. Acne Triggers
  5. Who is at Risk of Developing Acne?
  6. What are the Different Types of Acne?
  7. Acne: Best Treatment Practices: Why Acne Should be Treated
  8. Acne: General Advices from Dermatologist
  9. Mild Acne: Frequently Asked Questions
  10. How to Treat Mild Acne
  11. Moderate Acne: Frequently Asked Questions
  12. How to Treat Moderate Acne
  13. Severe Acne: Frequently Asked Questions
  14. How to Treat Severe Acne
  15. FAQ on Very Severe Nodulocystic Acne
  16. How to Treat Very Severe Nodulocystic  Acne
  17. Food and Acne: Are They Related?
  18. Acne in Teens
  19. Acne in Adults: What it is and how to treat.
  20. Body Acne
  21. Acne Butt
  22. Skin Types
  23. Acne Mimics
  24. Acne: Frequently Asked Questions
  25. Topical Treatment for Acne
  26. Complications of Acne
  27. Acne Scar : Causes
  28. Acne Scar: Treatment
  29. Acne Scar: FAQ
  30. Acne Scar Solution
  31. Stress and Acne: Is it Real?
  32. Acne: Home Remedies: Are they Useful or Just Grandma’s Tales?
  33. Acne: Alternative Treatments: Are they Effective?
  34. Acne Myths
  35. Acne Products
  36. Acne during Pregnancy
  37. Skincare during Acne
  38. Chronic Acne: How to Deal with it
  39. Acne and Depression
  40. Acne Glossary
  41. Acne: Disclaimer

Published by Dr Hanish Babu, MD on 23rd May, 2018

Disclaimer

The information given in this article is for educational purpose only so that patients are aware of the options available. No diagnosis should be made or treatment undertaken without first consulting your doctor. If you do so, the author or the website will not be responsible for any consequences. The images provided are for illustration purpose only and are copyrighted.