Learn about the fundamentals of acne, with questions ranging from ‘what is acne?’ to ‘what treatments are right for me?’—all answered right here.
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions worldwide, affecting 85% of adolescents and young adults and 50% of adults (as onset adult acne commonly occurs in people who experience the condition during adolescence).
In the Philippines, acne affects up to 17 million Filipinos—and according to an observational study, we have a lot of false perceptions about what causes it and how to treat it.
And while we typically view acne as a cosmetic issue, it’s also—more importantly—a medical one. Left untreated, it can lead to serious long-term consequences like depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, poor self-image, and an overall decreased quality of life.
Because acne is a complex condition and can have long-lasting physical and emotional effects, it’s best to educate yourself and see a board-certified dermatologist who can determine your best treatment options.
The typical acne development cycle goes like this:
Other possible factors of acne can include:
Mild acne, also called comedonal acne, is usually characterized by small, non-inflamed bumps on the skin—namely, whiteheads and blackheads.
Moderate acne, also called inflammatory or papular-pustular acne, typically appears as inflamed pimples that are red and tender to the touch.
Severe acne, also called nodular or cystic acne, is the most severe form of acne. These appear as large, deep, red bumps that are painful to touch and may contain fluid-filled cysts.
Topical medications that contain:
—are the most common treatment options for mild to moderate acne.They work by reducing the sebum your skin produces and killing bacteria that can clog pores.
Oral medications like antibiotics and isotretinoin can treat moderate to severe acne that doesn’t respond to topical medications.
Antibiotics are usually prescribed to help clear the skin of acne-causing bacteria, though only for a short period to minimize antibiotic resistance.
Isotretinoin, on the other hand, may be used for a longer period (up to 6 months), but it requires careful dosing and regular monitoring with your dermatologist to avoid any adverse side effects.
In-clinic treatments like:
—and combining them with topical medications can improve the efficacy of your treatment while also addressing other skin concerns. These treatments are not only highly effective but produce the fewest side effects—making them our go-to remedy for treating acne.
Because acne is a complex skin condition, it’s best to use a combination of treatments—with the advice of your board-certified dermatologist. Pair that with a bit of patience and consistency, and any case of acne is 100% treatable.
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