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Home Eminent Columnists Derma Column "I'm 15-years-old and already have an acne problem"

"I'm 15-years-old and already have an acne problem"

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I'm 15-years-old and already have an acne problem. The wounds, although cured, leave behind blemishes and marks that are quite unlikeable. Nothing seems to totally eliminate acne scarring. I'm still trying to understand my skin type. Could you aid in easing my acne problem's potential long-term ruins? Thanks. - Pranava.

Acne scars are now very much treatable. Since you are 15-years-old and seem to be suffering with marks left behind by acne, I would give you a few tips. Firstly, avoid meddling with your acne since such acne might leave deeper and more prominent pigmentation or blemishes, which would take considerable time to get away. Do not trust any over-the-counter product to cure you of your acne or its blemishes, since acne is treatable and not curable. You need to use appropriate medication to keep it under control. Skin type during teens is a mixed type since in some areas there will be prominent sebum production (oil) and some areas may feel a bit dry. Avoid taking excess of oily, spicy and fatty foods. Drink water or fruit juices to hydrate your skin. Do not rub your skin too hard with the towel or cloth; this might damage upper layers of skin causing secondary infection. To prevent long term damage to your skin, kindly consult your dermatologist for appropriate medication.   

Why do I have random pimples on my arms and abdomen? Is it because of the weather or the food that I eat? What can I do to prevent it? Thanks. - Ram Kumar.
You have not mentioned, since how long and how frequent or how persistent these lesions are. So, kindly send me the details for further help.

I have been suffering from psoriasis since the past few years. I was put on many medications like creams and tablets. I tried homeopathy but there was not much response. I have heard about biologicals. Are these effective and safe? Please let me know. - Sai Sudeep.
Psoriasis is a chronic disease and persists for years. But it can be brought under control with various medications. When you are under medication it gets controlled and once medication is stopped it might reoccur. Permanent cure of psoriasis with medications alone might be impractical since the disease is multi-factorial and it occurs because of several factors such as genetics, environmental changes, stress etc. There is no need to get disheartened because medications when used properly as directed would definitely bring the disease under control. Biologicals are a newer line of treatment wherein the basic cellular changes of the particular disease are targeted. They are in use for several other diseases including rheumatoid arthritis. Their safety is proven and the drugs have the approval of USFDA. Few preliminary investigations are required before confirming that you are suitable for such medications. For example, a person with strong predilection for acquiring tuberculosis or previously affected might not be suitable for such medications. These biologicals work by targeting specific steps in pathogenesis of psoriasis and they are non-toxic to other organs. Patients with moderate-to-severe type psoriasis are ideal for this treatment. Psoriatic arthritis also responds well to this line of treatment. Cost factor restricts the use of these medications since it would cost you in thousands. So, these are started if the patient is not responding to routine medications. Kindly approach a dermatologist for further management.

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