Acne Treatment Specialist


Acne Treatment: Those horrible spots on the face

In our experience acne scars have disastrous effects on an individuals self esteem and confidence. We, at The Skin Centre strongly believe in early and effective management of acne to prevent scars. We start treating our acne patients with a thorough assessment. We then customise treatments and combine medical treatments with peels and LASERs(as and when required) for a quick response to reduce the incidence of scarring.

Acne Treatment

Acne or zits affects almost everyone at some point in their life. It is usually at its worst in teenage life but can last till the individual is well into 20’s or even 30’s. It is a manifestation of increased sensitivity of the sebaceous gland (the oil producing glands of the skin.) to the effect of internal hormones. It is quite normal to have acne in life and can be easily managed by medications but some people unfortunately have a tendency to develop scars and it is in this group of people that acne treatment needs to be aggressive and managed effectively to prevent scars.

Effective treatment of acne needs to take into consideration the age of the patient, the severity of acne, the tendency to scar, the lifestyle of the individual, presence of any underlying hormonal imbalance and the psychological impact of acne on the individual. Treatment of acne can be one or a combination of the following:

1. Cleansers: Many people with acne also have oily skin and tend to use harsh cleansers which dry up the skin. This however does not necessarily help. We recommend the use of mild pH neutral cleansers which leave the skin feeling normal and neither oily nor untowardly dry. A good cleanser is a basic requirement for all people with acne.

2. Medicated Creams: Almost all people with acne will get a prescription for medicated creams and ointments. The medicated creams are broadly of two types: a cream to open up the blackheads and whiteheads (also called a comedolytic cream) needs to be used all over the face typically at night and a cream which has antibiotic function, typically needs to be used 2-3 times a day on pimples only.

3. Oral Tablets: People who continue to get pimples inspite of creams and ointments may need to go on tablets. We can either use antibiotics or retinoids (synthetic analogues of vitamin A). Choice of oral medication used will depend on several factors like the age of the patient, severity of acne, lifestyle etc.

4. Chemical peels: Some studies show that inflammatory lesions i.e acne which look red and are painful are more likely to leave behind scars. We often combine medications with medium depth chemical peels to help open up the acne and help earlier healing. In our experience this combination works very effectively and helps reduce scarring in the long term.

5. LASER: A blue light LASER helps by reducing the bacteria which aggravates pimples. In our experience this is a good add-on for medical treatment and we have also successfully used it as the only treatment in people unsuitable for other treatments. The advantage of this treatment is that it is natural and as it uses blue light (which is n the visible range), it is safe and has no side effects.

We, at The Skin Centre do a thorough evaluation of acne and customise our treatment for individuals. The results are usually very gratifying especially in people who follow the treatment regularly.

Sometimes inspite of effective management of acne, one develops scars. Scars themselves are of several types. Scars that are flushed with the skin but are darker in colour can be effectively treated with chemical peels or IPL(Intense Pulsed Light). Scars in which there is depressions seen on the skin usually require Carbon Dioxide LASER or microneedling.

Most people have more than one type of scar on the face. Very often, treatments may need to be combined to give the best possible outcome.

With an accurate assessment of scars and good strategising of treatments, one can hope to achieve upto 60% improvement in scars very soon.