Q: I have been suffering from acne for long. Nothing seems to work. Please advice.
A: Acne does not have any bias. It affects people of all races and ages. It is most common in adolescents and young adults. Also, almost 85 per cent of people between the ages of 12 and 24 develop the disorder. In most people, acne appears to disappear by the time they reach their 30s. Interestingly, some people in their 40s and 50s are also subject to this frustrating problem.
The disorder is best treated by a dermatologist [skin specialist]. In some cases, family physicians, paediatricians, or internists, may treat patients with acne. The goal is the same — to heal existing lesions, stop new lesions from forming, prevent scarring, and reduce the emotional stress and awkwardness that often result from the problem.
Drug treatment is used to reduce the many problems that play a role in causing the disorder. This may include abnormal clumping of cells in the follicles, increased oil production, bacteria, and inflammation. Subject to the nature of the problem, your doctor will prescribe one of several over-the-counter [OTC] medicines, or prescription medicines, both topical [applied to the skin] and/or systemic [by mouth]. Your doctor may also suggest using more than one topical medicine or a combination of oral and topical medicines.
There are certain simple measures you’d do well to follow, along with medications, in order to tackle the distressing problem. You need to eat a balanced diet, with good intake of fruits and vegetables, at least four times a day, followed by a good exercise regimen. You should also aim at reducing stress by practising yoga and meditation.