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PIE and mild acne on Asian skin
Hi, Topical medications are the mainstay in the treatment of mild to moderate acne. Such agents work to control acne in different ways which have been well discussed in the acne forum that you may wish to refer to. Either a past history of response/non-reaponse, tolerability or a therapeutic tr...
25 Jun 2019
Hi, Comedones, commonly known as clogged pores, is a chronic relapsing problem due to increase sebum secretion and blockage at the pore opening. As such, a long-term safe strategy to reduce comedone formation is usually based on topicals as well as physical therapies. The bes...
25 May 2019
Hi, Generally, all post-inflammatory erythema with take several weeks to months to gradually clear on its own. The more intense the preceding inflammation, the longer it will usually take to clear. If you are bothered about the post-inflammatory erythema, a concealer is probab...
13 May 2019
Thanks for the question. In general, people do outgrow their acne, but about 20% may have acne that persist in adulthood. I do think that it is important to treat acne as it will improve an individual's appearance and self-confidence. Another important reason to treat acne is ...
16 Nov 2018
Good to hear that your acne has cleared up. Sorry to hear that you are still suffering from obvious red marks which must be quite distressing for you. These red marks are known as Post Inflammatory Erythema (PIE) . They present as localized skin redness following any type of skin i...
17 Sep 2018
Acne is the most common skin disease, affecting up to 95% of adolescents. Severe episodes of acne can cause considerable physical and psychological scarring. All forms of severe acne require systemic treatment. The available options include oral antibiotics, hormonal antiandrog...
26 Jul 2018
Understand the frustrations. Relapse of acne after Isotretinoin is not uncommon. But usually the recurrence is milder than the baseline acne condition since the medications change the pathophysiology of the skin (less oily). Various issues like hormonal or stress can lead to a pr...
11 Jul 2018
I agree with Dr Theng that isotretinoin works for most acne including hormonal type. Acne is often a trial and error treatment but I think both isotretinoin and birth control pills have a good chance to work. Both types have their own pros and cons and you really have to talk to y...
15 Jun 2018
It sounds like you’ve got closed comedones. In colloquial speak, whiteheads! Comedones are formed because of increased sebum production, and debris blocking your sebaceous ducts and hair follicles. You are already doing the right things – BHA and retinol can help...
25 Jan 2018
Thanks for the detailed summary. There’s no problem at all with seeing a GP to treat your acne – the treatment algorithm for acne is pretty standard. My pet peeve is only with clinics who overcharge based on having some sort of special super secret ingredient &ldquo...
25 Jan 2018
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