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Possible Causes of Acne and its treatment options

Apr 03, 2017

Possible Causes of Acne and its treatment options

Acne is a common phenomenon for people between 12-25 years of age. However, it can also be found in people younger or older than that range of age. There are many misconceptions related to acne and some prominent ones say that acne is caused due to stress or lack of hygiene. However, it has been proved that the extra sebum or oil formed due to hormonal changes, sometimes; block the pores of the skin causing acne. It is not a bacterial infection but bacteria help in growing and making it more severe. Certain other causes of acne include prolonged exposure to some chemicals or presence of excess male hormone in the ovary or adrenal gland of women.

It is said that picking and squeezing the spots, applying thick and greasy makeup on the spots and taking steroids can make acne worse. Therefore, it is important that acne should be dealt in the right way to effectively get rid of it. Some of the treatments include medications, both oral pills and ointments, which have benzoyl peroxide, retinoids and azelaic acids as primary ingredients. In certain other cases, hormone treatment or antibiotics are used. Moreover, home remedies have been proved quite successful in case of acnes. The most effective ones include application of apple cider oil, cinnamon and honey mask, papaya paste, orange peel mask, tea tree oil and aloe vera gel. Besides, sugar scrub, yoghurt and lime juice, oatmeal and banana peel are also commonly used. Procedures are also identified to diminish the scars left by acne such as dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, light therapy and skin surgery. It must be noted that even after getting rid of acne and its scars, there is still a high chance that it would come back. Therefore, a maintenance treatment must be carried out after consultation with the dermatologist to prevent acne from flaring up again.

Disclaimer: The information given in this write-up is purely for educating the reader. It is not meant to be a substitute for any advice from a medical expert.

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