DT Health: Acne treatable, wrong skincare regimen can worsen disorder

As the 8th most common skin disorder globally, acne affects 80 per cent of people between 11 and 30 years of age, and most will have it at some time in their life. The problem can be triggered by several causes such as irresponsible diet and lifestyle, lack of proper skincare routine, stress, etc.
Representative image (File Photo)
Representative image (File Photo)

Acne is a skin disorder in which dead skin cells, germs, and oil clog your hair follicles. It might appear as blackheads, whiteheads, or, worst of all, pimples of all sizes.

Your face, shoulders, chest, and back are the most typical sites for breakouts. Acne is more common in people going through adolescence, but it does show up in adults on different special occasions.

Acne can be caused by excessive production of oil, a drug response, the use of certain cosmetics, or genetics. In most cases, acne is primarily a hormonal disorder triggered by androgen hormones, which peak in activity between adolescence and early adulthood.

Acne is caused by sensitivity to these hormones, which can be exacerbated by surface germs on the skin and fatty acids in the oil glands. When it comes to treating acne, a multimodal strategy is required. It is critical to determine the fundamental cause, identify the trigger, treat the cause, and eliminate the trigger.

For treating acne, everything you use — face wash, moisturiser, and any other skincare product — plays an important role. Due to topical and oral drugs, some irritation and dryness are expected.

To avoid excessive dryness and barrier disruption, a thorough skincare routine with a suitable cleanser, moisturiser and sunscreen is essential. These products may vary according to different skin textures. Which is why, it’s ideally recommended that you first know your skin texture — oily, dry, combination or normal type of skin.

Also, if your acne is resistant to one type of treatment, you should switch because it’s

possible to become resistant to clindamycin, a popular antibiotic gel. The same cream that worked for you a few months ago may no longer work now. To keep your acne under control, you’ll need a customised routine, which varies according to age, season, and lifestyle.

And remember, every time you get acne, avoid touching it and bursting that pimple. It only can make matters worse by leaving you with scars.

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