What Causes Acne And How To Treat It!

What Causes Acne And How To Treat It!

Acne is the most common skin condition there is and the countless ads for the acne fighting products on TV vouches for the same. Though anyone can develop acne, teenagers are the most susceptible to developing it due to the hormonal changes they experience at that age. These hormonal changes contribute to making the skin oilier. When this oil is collected in the pores and hair follicles along with dead skin cells, germs start breeding in them resulting in inflammation or what we know as acne.  Though most of us are familiar with acne in the face it can affect other areas of the body as well, for example, neck, shoulders, chest and the back. Acne, along with being uncomfortably painful they, tend to leave behind scars on the skin too once healed. There are a number of factors that usually contribute to an acne breakout and hence eliminating them from your lifestyle becomes crucial for controlling your breakouts.

Contributing factors:

  • Hot and humid climate
  • Oil based makeup
  • Menstrual cycle
  • Greasy hair
  • Anxiety
  • Stress

Treatment:

Acne Treatment depends on if your acne condition is mild, moderate or severe. But following these simple steps at home can help you keep you in check your acne breakouts.

  • Wash your face, keeping dust and other impurities away.
  • Refrain from using oil based make up or other face products.
  • Avoid touching your face excessively.
  • Use a moisturiser, but be careful to choose one that will not clog your pores.

In the case of moderate acne breakout, you can try availing over the counter medicine as well since most of them are quite effective in acne treatment. Few examples are:

  • Salicylic acid
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Alpha hydroxyl acid
  • Tea tree oil

If your acne condition persists even after exhausting these remedies you might want to consult your dermatologist as they can prescribe a more personal and effective treatment plan for you.

To know more, book online appointment with Dr. I S Reddy, one of the leading Dermatologist in Hyderabad on Ask Apollo.

Authored by: Team Apollo

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