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Ask the expert: I’m suffering from severe acne

Acne most commonly affects the face, and both genders equally and up to 70 per cent of teenagers get affected in variable degrees

Dr Ikramullah Al Nasir
21 Jun 2016 | 12:21 pm

I’m a 17-year-old girl with severe acne and pimples on my face. I’ve tried several household remedies but nothing has helped.

Acne and pimples are the same affliction. Acne can present itself as excessive oiliness of face as seborrhoea, whiteheads, blackheads, deep-seated microcystic lesions, pimples, pustular lesions, etc.

Acne most commonly affects the face, and both genders equally and up to 70 per cent of teenagers get affected in variable degrees.

I think you haven’t yet seriously attempted to treat your acne. If left untreated or poorly treated – as perhaps is true in your case – the sufferer is most likely expected to get pitted scars, elevated scars, and acne-induced post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation.

All these conditions pose serious treatment challenges to dermatologists. Therefore, it is highly advisable to treat your acne right away to avoid it from worsening and also prevent all the above mentioned post-acne skin issues.

Please visit an experienced dermatologist at the earliest.

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Dr Ikramullah Al Nasir

Dr Ikramullah Al Nasir

is a specialist dermatologist and founder and president of Dermacare Skin Health Services.