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Winning the Battle Against Acne: Understanding Treatments and When to Seek Professional Help

Written by Dr. Zaheer Abbas | Medically reviewed by Editorial Team
Last updated on: April 10, 2023

Why do I need acne treatment even in teen ages?

Untreated acne can cause disfiguring scars and hyperpigmentation more frequently. Hence treatment should be started earlier to prevent these complications.

Do over the counter topical medications work for the treatment of pimples?

Yes it works. Products having Benzoyl peroxide, adapalene, clindamycin, salicylic acid, azelaic acid and niacinamide in them, are the most common and effective treatments.

When should I consult with a dermatologist for the treatment of acne?

1-You feel like you’ve tried everything to clear your acne, and nothing works.

2-Your acne clears, but you continue to see new breakouts.

3-Your acne is getting worse despite using Over-The-Counter products

4-You have deep, painful acne like the acne cysts and nodules 

5-You’ve had acne for years and cannot understand why you still have it.

6-You’ve felt depressed, anxious, or less interested in hanging out with friends & skipping events since you’ve had acne.

What treatments are available for acne?

Medications including antibiotics, hormonal pills, ro accutane, BBL forever clear, hydra facials and chemical peel.

What treatment is the best for my acne?

To choose the best treatment for you, dermatologists consider following factors 

1- Type of acne: inflammatory (red papules, pustules, cyst, nodules) or non inflammatory (blackheads and whiteheads)

2- Severity of acne

3- Distribution of acne (around chin, full face, trunk)

4- Skin type (Fair skin or dark skin)

5- Underlying conditions like hormonal issues e.g PCO

6- Spots and hyperpigmentation results from acne

7- Age of the person

8- Sun protection level and photosensitivity 

Mostly dermatologists recommend a combination of different treatments to cover all aspects of your acne.

Can acne be eradicated permanently?

Yes it can be eradicated if your complete the course of treatment prescribed by your doctor and follow the instructions and precautions given to you.

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