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Priya K + Follow 27 Jul 2016
Acne: Some dots don’t connect.

What if all the products you’re using are making your acne worse? That way, it becomes a vicious cycle where you keep buying more products. It’s like someone’s painted your face red.

That moment when you look like an Emoji.

Acne, also known as acne vulgaris, is a skin disorder. It occurs when hair follicles are clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the skin. It usually appears in the face, chest, back, and shoulders. People who are affected by acne typically fall in the age group of 12 and 25. However, older people could also get affected by it. Acne could be mild for some people and severe for others. However, acne needs to be treated. If untreated, it could last for 4 to 5 years, or longer.

Most often, acne leaves dark spots or patches of dark skin. The resulting change in appearance could lead to anxiety, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, and depression, in some cases.

Some of the symptoms of acne are whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and large bumps beneath the surface of the skin. Home remedies can be used if the condition is mild. If the condition is severe, a dermatologist needs to be consulted.

Spot the difference.

Certain factors or conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), hormonal imbalance, medication, and an improper diet could make acne worse. Another factor that affects the severity of acne is the genetic makeup of the person. Hormonal activity, such as those occurring during menstrual cycles and puberty, may also contribute to the formation of acne. Diets with high glycemic load have been found to have varying degrees of effect on the severity of acne.

Treatment for acne include various oral antibiotics, retinoid, and various therapies, including hormonal agents. Dermatologists also choose to perform procedures such as laser therapy and chemical peels.

The aim of the treatment is to clear spots as much as possible, to reduce inflammation, and to prevent scarring. A dermatologist or a pharmacist would advise appropriate treatment depending on the severity and type of your acne.

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