No More Acne Vulgaris

I went to a hostel at Birla School in Pilani, where my first pimple broke. Initially, I attributed it to the hostel food and changed lifestyle. Coupled with this, I contacted stomach infections frequently and so I thought that it's a combination of all these factors that are responsible for my acne condition. I used lotions and natural remedies when I visited home during the holidays.

What is Acne Vulgaris?
Vulgaris is a medical term used for “common.” Acne vulgaris is a more common variant of acne that involves the blocking and/or inflammation of the hair follicles and their accompanying sebaceous glands (pilosebaceous units). It starts developing when oil and dead skin cells clog up the pores on the face. Acne vulgaris can appear on the face, neck, shoulders, chest, and the back. It mainly affects adolescents and can become severe over a period if not treated timely. Acne is known to have profound social and psychological effects too.

What causes Acne Vulgaris?
Certain medicines, overproduction of oil on the skin, insufficient shedding of dead skin cells, blocked pores, hormonal changes, excess usage of cosmetics, genetics, high humidity, improper diet, are a few common reasons of acne. These when combined with the lack of a proper skin care routine aggregates the situation, resulting in a situation that needs medical attention.

Clinical Features of Acne
Acne vulgaris, most often affects the face, but may spread over the body. Few common features that one must look out for and treat are:

  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads
  • Small, tender, red bumps
  • White/yellow squeezable spots
  • Cyst-like red lumps with swelling
  • Red or dark spots
  • Pus-filled lesions

How is Acne Vulgaris treated?
Treating acne vulgaris is dependent on many factors like the patient’s age, gender, extent & severity, duration of the problem, etc. Treating acne as soon as you first identify its symptoms is the best cure in itself. Mild acne can be treated with over-the-counter creams and gels. Moderate and severe acne demand medical intervention like oral medicines that is both time-consuming and expensive in few cases. Along with the treatment, it is necessary to keep the affected area clean and oil-free. Scrubbing or picking at the pimples can make them worse and leave scars behind.

Fortunately, acne eventually clears up with proper diet, dedicated daily skin care routine, or when other factors that triggered it are solved. Sadly, it is not the case with many.

Acne remains active in many people causing permanent wide pores and/or deeper scars, therefore it is important to active measures to curb the situation at the earliest. Acnestar, a medicated gel, is known to gradually, but successfully treat acne, leaving behind a skin that’s clear, radiant and acne-free.