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Medications and home remedies for acne - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi Doctor
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   I have a query on my skin
User :   i am getting too many pimples thesedays
Doctor :   Ok
User :   am getting more and more
User :   could you please provide a feasible solution
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
Doctor :   Have you seen a doctor for these problems in the past?
User :   i am 25 yrs old and am a female
User :   no
User :   not yet
User :   this startd happening vry recently
Doctor :   May I know since when have you noticed these?
User :   may b say 2mnths b4
User :   i dint have these many yet
User :   may b one or two used to cme
User :   but without doing anythng it usedto go
Doctor :   Do you notice any pus discharge from those pimples?
User :   not exactly
User :   i have a tempation to break it
User :   i did one or two
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have pain, redness over those affected areas?
User :   yes painful
User :   and redness too
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have any other medical illness such as diabetes/thyroid issues?
User :   nope
Doctor :   Are you periods normal?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
User :   okk
Doctor :   Acne (pimples) is a chronic skin problem.
User :   mm
User :   ok
Doctor :   Chronic in the sense, that they can occur for a long time,
User :   okk
Doctor :   with fresh recurrence.
Doctor :   Usually if you leave them alone, they slowly disappear and fade away.
User :   mm
User :   but y is it that its multiplying
Doctor :   However, certain factors can make them to stay for a long time.
User :   and moreover i feel it hard inside wen i touch them
User :   mm
Doctor :   Those factors are mainly handling them with bare hands.
User :   okk
Doctor :   So the more you handle them with your hands, they tend to get infected and persist till the infection gets controlled.
User :   mmm
Doctor :   If the infections are severe, you will need special antibiotics for treating them.
User :   okk
Doctor :   Presence of pus and increase in the size of the pimples from its original size are all signs of infection.
User :   mmm
Doctor :   Hence if you have any such symptoms, then I suggest you to consult a dermatologist, to obtain appropriate antibiotics,
Doctor :   if you do not have these symptoms, then, I shall suggest you the following measures.
User :   pimples are not so big for me
User :   but puss is thr
Doctor :   1. Do not wash your face very frequently (applies over the areas that have been affected)
User :   oh okk
Doctor :   2. Avoid handling them with your bare hands.
User :   mmm
Doctor :   3. Use soaps that are mild, and avoid harsh soaps.
User :   mild soaps like???
User :   is pears ok?
Doctor :   4. yes, they are fine, however, do not wash your face frequently, once or twice a day is sufficient.
User :   fine
User :   bt i have been more conscious and been doing it
User :   for the past few days
User :   can u tell me wat are the consequences
User :   because of tht
Doctor :   4. You can use isotretinoin cream 0.25%.
User :   okk
User :   how doi use it
Doctor :   This cream has to be applied over the pimples as a thin film.
User :   okk
User :   daily how many times
Doctor :   Do not cover the whole face with this.
User :   okk
Doctor :   Use them only on the affected region.
User :   okies
Doctor :   This has to be applied only at night and avoid using them during the day.
User :   ok
Doctor :   One of the side effects of this is depigmentation of the skin, which is more commonly seen with exposure to day light.
Doctor :   Due to this side effect, I shall recommend this only if its necessary, that is if those pimples are not reducing by itself.
User :   okk
Doctor :   Washing the face frequently, removes the moisture from the face.
User :   okk
Doctor :   when the moisture is removed more of the pores in the face get exposed to dust, which clogs these pores
Doctor :   this is the cause for the pimples to appear.
Doctor :   Apart from washing other factors which are know to cause these pimples are too much stress, dietary restriction, hormonal factors and so on.
User :   mmm
Doctor :   Hence I also suggest you to avoid excessive stress, importantly worrying about the present problem/
User :   okk
Doctor :   Apart from this physical exercises and good nutrition also helps in preventing these pimples from occuring again.
Doctor :   Finally, I suggest you to get an examination by a dermalogist before you try any creams or ointment, that include the isotretinoin creams.
User :   okies
Doctor :   You would need an antibiotic preparation, if there is severe redness and pus discharge from these pimple to control the infection.
User :   i have heard tht as a part of home remedy appying toothpaste is a good option
User :   is it correct
User :   okk
Doctor :   As long as you do not handle the pimples, and you avoid infections, then its fine.
Doctor :   However, since I am an allopathic doctor,
Doctor :   I do not know the effectiveness of this form of treatment.
Doctor :   Make sure you do not develop any reactions to the toothpaste or any other preparations that you apply, by testing on a small part of your skin.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   which one??
Doctor :   You need to test the products such as toothpaste or any other home preparations on the skin of your forearm, to make sure you do not have any reactions to them.
Doctor :   Before trying those on your face.
User :   oh ya
User :   sure
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   i am feeling a large pimple to sprout out on my nose
User :   any remedy for that
Doctor :   That may be an infected pimple.
User :   okk
Doctor :   The contents of the pimple (the pus or any other secretions) need to come out, only then it may heal.
User :   okk
Doctor :   I do not mean you need to squeeze the pimple.
Doctor :   The best thing you can do, is not to touch it.
User :   so what is the remedy for the scars which is thr due to the pimples
User :   any solution for that
Doctor :   You will be introducing fresh infections.
Doctor :   I suggest you to consult a dermatologist for obtaining a topical antibiotic.
User :   okk
Doctor :   If by scars you meant, pigmentation,
User :   yea
User :   the places which got affected
Doctor :   then those pigmentations will slowly fade away over a period of time.
User :   thepimples which had come previously have healed
User :   but scars are thr
User :   i am getting married aftr 3 mnths
Doctor :   Avoiding sun exposure will help its recovery.
User :   and am little conscious about it
Doctor :   You can use sun screen lotions with skin lightening creams.
Doctor :   skin lightening creams are available easily in the market.
User :   okk
Doctor :   You can use skin bright cream which has proved to be effective on most occasions.
User :   will it not have any side effects
Doctor :   If you have depressions on the skin due to the pimples,
Doctor :   you will need dermabrasion procedure which is done by a dermatologist to remove those depression.
Doctor :   The skin bright cream do not have any side effects, but
Doctor :   you need to test your skin for reactions before you use them/
Doctor :   Testing can be done as I had explained before.\
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
Doctor :   Are you there?
Doctor :   Are you there?
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