We all consider Acne as just pimples. Acne normally occurs due to the pores getting clogged. Oil, dirt, and dead skin cells on the surface of your skin clog your pores and take the form of pimples. Normally, dead skin cells rise to the surface of the pore, and the body sheds the cells. Rather than rising to the surface, these cells can sometimes become trapped within the pore. This leads to formation of acne.
Acne generally occurs on the face, neck, back, chest, shoulders, upper arms, and buttocks. Although it can be seen in all ages it is more common among teenagers and young adults. Many people with mild acne or pimples manage their condition with lifestyle changes or home remedies.
Acne can take forms like -
Treatment for Acne
Treatment varies in the type of Acne -
Acne Treatments During Pregnancy
Treatment for pregnant women differs from others. Oral isotretinoin can cause severe side effects. This medication given during pregnancy can increase the risk of depression and suicidal thoughts, also affects the cholesterol levels and liver function. Also, it increases the risk of blood clots and high blood pressure.
Side effects of acne treatments depend on the method and the strength of the medication. Topical acne drugs sometimes may lead to skin dryness and irritation which can be improved with medication recommended by the doctor. The potential side effects of oral medications can be more serious at times and antibiotics may cause stomach upset or make you dizzy and lightheaded especially if a woman becomes pregnant while taking it.
Acne is a common problem but it can be frustrating and emotionally challenging at times. Proper treatment can help you control as well as avoid post acne complications.
Authored By Dr.Senthil Sivaprakasam - Dermatology MBBS MD, Chennai