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  • Writer's pictureDr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

Acne


Acne is a common skin condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by the appearance of pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads on the face, neck, shoulders, and back. Acne is caused by a combination of factors, including excess oil production, clogged pores, and the presence of bacteria.


Acne can be a source of frustration and embarrassment for many people, but the good news is that there are several effective ways to treat it. Some common treatments for acne include:

  1. Topical creams and gels: Over-the-counter and prescription topical creams and gels can help to reduce the appearance of acne. These products contain ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and retinoids that help to unclog pores and reduce inflammation.

  2. Oral antibiotics: Oral antibiotics are prescribed to reduce the number of bacteria on the skin, thereby reducing the number of acne breakouts.

  3. Oral contraceptives: For women, oral contraceptives can be prescribed to regulate hormones and reduce the number of acne breakouts.

  4. Light therapy: Light therapy, also known as photodynamic therapy, is a treatment that uses specific types of light to reduce the number of acne breakouts.

  5. Isotretinoin: Isotretinoin is a medication that is prescribed to reduce the production of oil and reduce the number of acne breakouts. It is a powerful medication and should only be used under the supervision of a physician.


It's important to note that while these treatments can help to reduce the number of acne breakouts, they may not completely eliminate them. Also, it's important to consult a doctor before undergoing any treatment.


In addition to these treatments, maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle, getting enough sleep, and reducing stress can also help to improve the appearance of acne over time.


Acne can be a source of frustration, but with the right treatment and preventative measures, it can be effectively managed. If you have persistent acne or other symptoms, it is important to see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.


Natural Home Remedies to decrease Acne


While there are several medical treatments available for acne, there are also a number of natural home remedies that may help to decrease its appearance. These include:

  1. Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil has antiseptic properties that can help to reduce the number of acne breakouts. Apply a small amount of tea tree oil to the affected area using a cotton swab or add a few drops to your face wash or moisturizer.

  2. Green tea: Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce the number of acne breakouts. Apply cooled green tea bags to the affected area for 10-15 minutes or make a green tea toner by steeping green tea bags in water, letting it cool and then applying it to the skin with a cotton pad.

  3. Honey: Honey has antibacterial properties that can help to reduce the number of acne breakouts. Apply a small amount of honey to the affected area and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

  4. Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties that can help to reduce the number of acne breakouts. Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and water and apply it to the affected area using a cotton ball. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with cool water.

  5. Aloe vera: Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce the number of acne breakouts. Apply aloe vera gel directly to the affected area and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with cool water.

  6. Lemon juice: Lemon juice has natural acidic properties which can help to reduce the number of acne breakouts. Apply lemon juice to the affected area using a cotton ball and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with cool water.


It's important to note that while these remedies may provide relief, they should not replace the advice or treatment of a doctor. If the acne is severe or accompanied by other symptoms, it is important to see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. Also, these remedies may take time to show results and consistency is key in seeing improvement.


Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist


Kify Hospital

Danavaipeta

Rajahmundry

Phone : 85000 23456

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