Acne is the most common skin condition encountered in adolescents with a prevalence of 54% and 40% amongst women and men respectively. In most cases, acne clears up as we get older. However, if not properly treated, it can cause permanent scarring and pigmentations to the skin.
How common is acne?
How does acne happen?Acne usually starts in puberty and menstrual cycle, where the body is experiencing changes in hormones level. This stimulates the sebaceous gland to produce more oil, called sebum. Sebum is transported onto the skin surface via the hair follicles. Skin cells are shed from the hair follicles and stick to the sebum, causing the pores to clogged. Bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes start to grow and leading to inflammation, causing acne.
How to treat acne?
Prescriptive Topical Acne Creams
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
Oral and/or Topical Antibiotic
How fast can I see the result?
Generally with any treatments of acne, one will require at least 2-3 months to see the improvement. The treatments are usually performed in conjunction with each other. It is important to take note that proper skincare at home plays an important role in reducing the risk of recurrence of acne.