|Acne usually starts at puberty and mainly affects the teens and young adults. But, acne can occur at any age. It generally subsides in mid-twenties. Sometimes acne extends beyond twenty five years or may start afresh when it is called adult or late-onset acne.|
• Acne can affect both males and females, it tends to be more severe in males.
• Acne lesions commonly occur on the face, but can be seen on the arms, chest, back and buttocks.
• The skin lesions in acne include comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), red raised lesions, pus-filled lesion or painful swellings.
What should one do if he/she gets acne? Why should it be treated?
|Acne can be successfully treated at any point of time in the disease timeline. However, consulting a dermatologist early in the course of disease can also prevent post acne scarring.
How should one take care of an acne prone skin?• Wash the face 3-4 times daily with preferably soap-free cleansers & water.
• The scalp should be cleansed 2-3 times weekly to prevent and remove dandruff.
• Avoid all greasy cosmetics on the face. Look for a ‘non comedogenic’ cosmetic which is safer in acne prone skin. Do not squeeze or pick the pimples. It can cause scarring.