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Acne-Scars

Acne is an extremely common dermatological condition typically affecting people between 15 to 25 years of age. They are caused due to excess oil production that clogs the glands beneath the skin surface. This causes eruptions of zits or pimples which at times can be pus filled. Once the pimples subside, they leave behind scars which can be unsightly.

The minor scars heal by themselves without any need for treatment. However, if the scars are deep they can be long lasting and leave a pigmentary mark. In such cases, they need to be treated and a consultation with a dermatologist is required. The immune system of the body tries to repair the skin by forming collagen fibers but the resultant new skin is not as smooth as the original skin texture and tone and thus requires external treatment.

Dr. Rajeshwari’s Clinic provides the best consultation and treatment plan, and has successfully treated many patients with treatments as mentioned above with minimal to no side effects.

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Causes

The primary causes for Acne include

  • Excess production of oil beneath the skin surface
  • The excess oil and dead skin cells along with bacteria and debris clog the hair follicles
  • Excess of Androgen, a hormone, is also one of the causes for Acne
  • In some cases, side effects of certain medications or certain medical conditions can also cause excess production of oil resulting in Acne.

The primary symptoms of Acne include presence of

  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads
  • Papules
  • Pustules
  • Nodules
  • Cystic lesions

It is always best to consult a dermatologist who can prescribe creams or lotions and if deemed ineffective can also prescribe stronger medications to treat Acne Scars. These medications work by decreasing the oil production, eliminating the growth of bacteria around the clogged hair follicle, and accelerating new cell growth.

It normally takes around four to eight weeks to see the effects of medications and in some cases the skin may even look worse before a noticeable change is noted. Depending on the type of the scar and how deep it is, it may take anywhere from a few weeks to months for them to clear up completely. What medications need to be given is determined by the age, overall health status, and the severity of the scars.

The medications for Acne may be both topical as well as oral; however, oral medications are not prescribed for pregnant females. It is best to speak with the dermatologist who, based, on the severity of the condition can formulate a treatment plan that best suits the patient to tackle Acne Scars.

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