Acne treatment usually consists of some medicine to apply on the face couple of times a day and sometimes oral medications may be needed. It is a common mistake to apply steroid creams like “Dermovate” for pimples which, in fact, can worsen the pimples and damage the skin. Acne in most cases is neither caused by any food nor is the lack of water responsible for it. But in general, eating healthy food, avoiding fast food and drinking enough water is good for the body anyway. Many commercial creams and lotions, to treat acne and make the skin fair, contain steroids that can permanently damage the skin and should not be used without the doctor’s advice. You should consult a qualified skin specialist for the acne treatment. With the latest acne treatment available, there is no reason to be walking around with pimples.
Since acne has many forms, your dermatologist designs an individual approach to care for successful control. Thus, the course of therapy will vary according to such factors as type of acne, it’s severity and extent, and the patient’s day-to-day activities.
Mild acne is treated with one or a combination of topical medications. Moderate and severe acne is usually treated by topical medicines with the addition of oral antibiotics. Since different combinations work better for some patients than others, you are usually evaluated every four to six weeks until the acne is well controlled.
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In addition to this conventional therapy, your dermatologist may recommend one or more of these acne treatment to speed healing and clearing of your acne:
Acne Surgery: This procedure greatly speeds acne clearing and appearance by manually removing blackheads and whiteheads. This may be combined with microdermabrasion, which helps to remove dead skin on the face and open up smaller blocked pores.
Intralesional Corticosteroid Therapy: If one or several painful acne cysts develop, fast relief is available with this relatively painless procedure. Each cyst is given a single injection of a dilute cortisone solution, using a very tiny needle.
Accutane Therapy: Isotretinoin (Accutane), is used for the treatment of patients with severe acne not responsive to conventional treatments. The duration of treatment is usually five to six months.
Acne Scars are caused by damage to the deeper layers of skin, so topical creams or lotions don’t help in scar treatment. MOSAIC / FRAXEL LASER are the best treatment available that actually treats the damage to the deeper tissues and can improve acne scars upto 80%.
These lasers use the latest technology to fade away your scars without you having to go under the surgical knife. The procedure is painless, general anesthesia is not involved and you can resume your routine activities as soon as the procedure is over. Generally it requires a few sessions of one or different lasers to fade out the scar to almost invisible.
Chemical Peel: Superficial acne scarring, and irregular pigmentation of the skin are easily treated with this technique. Chemical agents are applied to the skin, which cause the outer layer to be removed. Different chemicals and concentrations are used, depending on patient’s skin type and degree of scarring.
Laser Resurfacing: More prominent scarring from acne is best treated by this technique. The top several layers of skin are removed with high energy light. This action evens out the skin to give it a smoother, more pleasing contour.
Punch Excision and/or Grafting: Some narrow pitted scars are too deep to be removed by dermabrasion. These can be removed with a surgical instrument called a punch. The resulting defect is closed, either primarily or with a tiny skin graft, with gratifying results. Sometimes this procedure is followed by chemical peel or laser resurfacing for patients with a mixed type of scarring.
Collagen Implantation: This natural protein is injected under the lesion to elevate it to the level of the skin.
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Non-Dangerous (benigin) Moles:
1 – Intra-dermal nevus
2 – Junctional nevus
3 – Seborrheic keratosis
Dangerous (malignant or cancerous) Moles:
1 – Malignant melanoma
2 – Dysplastic nevi
3 – Malignant Melonoma in situ.
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