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Acne

What is Acne?

Acne is a common and frustrating skin ailment that usually affects adolescents or teenagers. It occurs when hair follicles get clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Acne triggers on face, and then may also spread to the upper part of the chest, upper arms, back and bottom.

Some people may experience the severe form of this disorder a little later than adolescence and in some rare cases it may continue up the age of forty. Acne can be very distressing and annoying due to their persistent nature and cause emotional distress to the victims. If not treated properly, they cause visible scars and blemishes on affected skin.

What are the symptoms of this condition?

Acne typically surface on those parts of the skin that have the biggest number of functional oil glands – these include face, neck, upper chest, back and shoulders. They may be in form of inflammatory of non-inflammatory lesions. Signs and symptoms include:

  • Blackheads – These are black spots with size of a pinhead and are open on your skin surface. Being superficial in nature they do not leave scars after disappearing.
  • Whiteheads – Also called pustules or pimples, these are most common lesions and generally the first that people get. These do not turn black as they are not open to air. They are red and tender bumps with white pus filled inside them.
  • Papules – With their tiny raised bumps papules are inflammatory lesions. They too are red and tender, and are sign of infection in the hair follicles.
  • Deep acne and cysts – In this form, acne become painful lumps beneath the skin surface and are filled with pus. They have a tendency to cause scars. Also, if deep acne burst they release the pus that can produce more lesions.

What causes acne?

Acne occur when the over activity of sebaceous glands causes them to produce more than normal amounts of sebum (oil). The extra sebum can block follicles and cause the growth of bacteria.

Hormones that are activated during puberty trigger sebaceous glands to produce more sebum. Androgens, the male hormones have stronger effects on oil glands. Hormones in certain birth control pills may also cause acne flare-ups. Menstrual cycle can trigger the growth of acne in women. Tendency to get acne may also run in the family.

Overuse of cosmetics, friction from clothes and exposure of skin to extreme temperatures can become another cause of acne.

Am I at risk of developing acne?

It is chiefly because of hormonal changes that acne occur and get aggravated. However, the people who are at stronger risk of developing this skin problem include:

  • Adolescents
  • Girls/ young women a few days before their menstrual cycle
  • Women who use a lot of cosmetics
  • Expecting mothers
  • People who regularly use some strong medications
While stress is not directly related to the development of acne, it may exacerbate the problem if you already have them.

How to prevent this condition?

The problem of acne particularly in teenagers is caused by their hormonal changes that are beyond control. But most people can still use these basic acne prevention tips:

  • Wash acne prone skin areas with an oil-free, mild cleanser but only two times a day – even if washing removes excess oil and dirt, going overboard can make the skin dry and inflamed.
  • Do not use too much of cream based heavy foundation and remove all makeup with gentle cleansing milk before going to bed.
  • Take a shower after workout or any strenuous activity as sweat or oil on your skin can trap dirt and bacteria.

Treatment at Skin Alive

The aim of acne treatment is to reduce skin oil production, increase the rate of skin cell turnover, fight infection caused by bacteria, and reduce skin inflammation. There are lotions that can be applied directly to skin and some oral medicines including antibiotics are recommended by doctors. We have a range of quality products to help you get rid of acne and then proceed with the treatment for scars left by acne. These include:

  • Rejuvenating Orange Ozone Therapy - Orange ozone light is used to sterilise and rejuvenate your skin. It improves skin texture and removes acne and acne marks.
  • Skin Circulation Therapy - The treatment is aimed at better blood circulation under your skin and as a bespoke therapy at Skin Alive it is used to eliminate blemishes and acne scars.
  • Oxy Infusion and Serum Oxy Jetting - To remove and minimise acne scars, we deliver oxygen through a jet and it is mixed with specially formulated serums selected as per your skin condition and sensitivity.
  • NDYAG Laser- It is a specialized technology to treat active acne and acne scars.It is short painless session with excellent results and no downtime.
  • Affirm Fractional Laser – It is a complete skin resurfacing system that uses dual wavelengths to removes acne scars,pits,blemishes, and pigmentation.In a few sessions skin is smoother,toned and very even.
  • Scarlet – This radio frequency treatment is based on fractional RF and micro needling that softens acne scars and works very well in raised and depressed acne scars.
  • Dermal Fillers – Very effective in treating pitted scars.These reduce the visibility of recessed scars left by acne.

Your Appointment

Skin Alive offers some of the most advanced and effective options for acne treatment in India. When you visit us for consultation, we diagnose the complexity of your acne problems and then select an appropriate procedure to achieve the finest results. We aim at removal of acne through topical applications, antibiotics, hormonal treatments and facial therapies and other new world technologies.

We know that skin treatment is a subtle procedure that calls for precision and expertise to ensure optimal outcome - this is why we have a team of some the best dermatologists and other professionals in India and maintain a track record of treating thousands of happy patients.

Call us on +91-9212745678 to book your appointment.

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