Acne is a serious issue that afflicts a large percentage of the population. It is an inflammatory disorder of the skin, a condition that affects at least 80% of the population, especially during the teenage years and early 20s and 30s.
Acne has long-lasting physical and mental repercussions. It is a constant topic of discussion and humiliation. A person with acne is subjected to multiple home remedies but to no avail. Ignorance regarding proper treatments ultimately leads to irreversible scarring and hyper-pigmentation.
“Awareness is almost nil. Many people don’t know what acne is, how it comes, or how to treat it effectively”, says Dr.Musthaq Ali, senior clinical dermatologist, and founder of the renowned Dr.Musthaq’s Skin Clinic and Cosmetology Centre in Kochi, Kerala.
It is a myth that acne occurs due to eating oily foods, pollution, or other lifestyle habits. Acne is a problem that is only genetically mediated, meaning some people are more prone to get acne. Therefore, Dr.Musthaq Ali advises his patients to eat whatever they want, and not to alienate themselves from the simple pleasures of life.
Normally, the sebaceous glands present in the skin produce sebum which helps to moisturize the skin. The sebum travels through the hair follicle to reach the surface of the skin. After puberty, in some people, there is an increased level of androgen production. This often leads to excessive production of sebum which can cause the sebaceous glands and/or the hair follicles to be clogged with excess oil and dead skin cells. This becomes a breeding ground for skin bacteria which can cause inflammation leading to the formation of acne.
The general attitude of people is that acne comes during the teenage years and it will disappear as the children grow, which is wrong. “People come to a doctor only at a late stage, in their 20s or 30s when the scarring and pigmentation have become permanent,” says Dr.Musthaq Ali.
Dr.Musthaq Ali believes that beginning treatment at the early stages will completely cure acne with no scarring, pigmentation, or recurrence. With an impressive career in clinical dermatology spanning four decades in India and the Middle East, he guarantees complete recovery from acne. “Acne is completely curable when treated at the early stages.”
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