Acne, a common yet often misunderstood skin condition, affects individuals of all ages and skin types. This inflammatory condition occurs when lining of our pores become clogged with excess oil and dead skin cells, leading to the formation of blackheads, whiteheads and pimples. The accumulation of oil produced by our sebaceous glands also results in proliferation of acne bacteria (Cutibacterium acnes), which promotes more inflammation.
Symptoms range from mild to severe and can manifest as:
Diagnosing acne involves a thorough examination of the affected skin by a dermatologist, who will assess the severity and type of acne to determine the most suitable course of treatment.
The primary aim of treatment is to clear the acne and prevent scar formation. Multiple treatment options are available, and the treatment option(s) of choice depends on the type and severity of the condition. It is also important to inform your dermatologist if you are planning to get pregnant or are pregnant as some of these medications are not to be taken in pregnancy.
Treatment options are generally divided into the following:
Characterised by the presence of blackheads and whiteheads, comedonal acne results from clogged hair follicles and oil glands.
Manifests as red, swollen lesions, inflammatory acne occurs when bacteria invade clogged hair follicles, leading to inflammation.
Featuring deep, painful cysts and nodules, nodulocystic acne is a severe form of acne that can lead to significant scarring if left untreated.
A rare and severe form of acne, acne fulminans causes systemic symptoms such as fever and joint pain in addition to severe skin inflammation.
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Dr. Lee Hwee Chyen is an accredited Adult & Paediatric dermatologist managing a wide range of skin, hair and nail conditions. The clinic provides services for medical, surgical, cosmetic, women’s and paediatric dermatology.
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