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Acne and Acne Scar Treatment: Go Get a Dermatologist's Opinion

Sunday, 02 February 2014 06:06 PM EST

Acne is a major health problem among teenagers. About 90 percent of teenagers suffer from pimples due to the high testosterone levels in their blood. In most cases, the acne problem gets resolved after 25 years, but some continue to suffer from acne and acne scars in later stages of life despite taking acne remedies and treatments.
A dermatologist can offer the best treatment option for acne and related skin conditions. Acne, commonly known as pimples, is a very common skin problem requiring consultation with dermatologists. Acne commonly affects the face, chest, shoulders, and the back regions in the body.
Dermatologists often get teenagers complaining of flare-ups due to acne boils and acne scars, demanding prompt treatments. Flare-ups due to acne is seen related to stress, infections, and hormonal imbalances. Most of the pimple remedies sold in the market is used as self-treatment without taking a dermatologist’s opinion. Many antibiotics have been prescribed by dermatologists for treatment of pimples. The anti-inflammatory property of antibiotics, such as erythromycin, clindamycin, and tetracyclines, kills the bacteria at the site of the pimples. Apart from antibiotics, some other remedies like salicylic acid, retinoid, and hormones are also used by dermatologists for pimple treatment.
People often take antibiotics or steroid-based creams for acne treatment without consulting a dermatologist. It could lead to antibiotic resistance in these people. Acne scars have collagen tissue and are generally difficult to heal. They are formed as a result of healing of acne. Scars often lead to permanent damage to the skin. Acne scars can be atrophic, ice-picked, or boxcar type. For acne scar treatments, dermatologists recommend therapies such as laser, dermabrasion, or surgery. They advise sunscreen to avoid picking and the use of vitamin E initially to prevent the scars from becoming worse.
People suffering from acne and acne scars often try home remedies to reduce pigmentation and pimple scars. Aloe vera is one of the commonest remedies used for pimple treatment. Another excellent home remedy for scars is to apply nutmeg paste for a few minutes over the affected regions. Sandalwood is reputed to be one of the best herbal remedies for pimple and scar treatment. Most of the face packs available in the market contain this ingredient. If dandruff is the cause of the acne, then lemon juice, vinegar, or sour curd are applied over the pimples and on the scalp. Applying tomato pulp on the skin helps dry the pimples. This remedy has to be repeated many times to heal the pimples.

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If you are suffering from acne or acne scars and are looking for treatment, it is better to take the opinion of a dermatologist. You might be prescribed antibiotics and other remedies for the treatment of acne and acne scars.
Sunday, 02 February 2014 06:06 PM
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