It is one of the most common and also the most stubborn skin health issue. Acne strikes most of the population around the world. If living in Dubai has caused your skin to develop acne, or exacerbated an existing acne problem, then we suggest that you read this article in full.
What is acne?
Acne is a soft swelling on the upper surface of the skin. It is caused around an embedded impurity such as a particle of grime or dirt.
In most cases, it is caused due to a localised build-up of excess sebum (oil secreted through the skin’s oil glands) that blocks the pore of the skin. If the pore is a large one, the acne might take the form of a blackhead – a dark centre in a softer base. If the pore is small, then a whitehead may be created at the site.
However, the bump or swelling can either be in the form of a soft pimple, or take the form of a harder nodule with a root under the upper surface of skin.
It most often appears on the face, though some people experience acne on the neck, shoulders, upper arms, and upper back, too.
Acne can strike both men and women, though it is most common during the teenage years. However, there are several adults who suffer from acne, too.
Is it irreversible?
Every person suffers from acne at some point in time. It commonly occurs due to an excess sebum secretion, so those with oily skin are more prone to it. But some factors like stress, lack of sleep, poor diet and exposure to the elements can also alter the skin’s composition and function. If any or all of these factors are allowed to exist for a prolonged period, then the acne may develop into a chronic problem.
Acne tends to leave scars, especially if the pimples or blackheads are touched or prodded frequently with fingernails, or if the acne is forcibly removed during a facial massage. Acne scars are often seen as discoloured dots or patches on the skin. They can also be in the form of pits on the skin’s surface. These signs are irreversible, unless you undergo professional acne treatment in Dubai’s reputed skin care clinics.
Many people opt for home remedies to limit the extent of the problem. There are also several reputed acne treatments in Dubai to choose from, based on your age, skin type, severity of the issue, and so on.
How to treat it
Acne treatment often comprises a holistic approach – it is not merely about applying a topical gel or serum, but also about modifying the diet and lifestyle to relax the skin and prevent future breakouts.
The most common way to cure acne is to prevent its occurrence in the first place. Following a daily cleansing-toning-moisturising routine will work wonders in keeping excess oil build-up – and hence, acne – at bay.
Keep your skin hydrated by drinking at least one litre of plain water every day. You can even supplement your water intake by drinking freshly squeezed fruit or vegetable juice, green tea, chamomile tea, warm water with honey, etc. However, do not add sugar to your beverages, because processed white sugar is bad for skin health.
Make homemade face packs using tomatoes, grated cucumber, ripe papaya, mashed banana, etc. Mix these with hydrated and skin friendly substances like cold milk, honey, rose water, fresh yoghurt, lemon juice, etc. Keep the face pack for 30 minutes, then wash off with cool water and pat the skin dry.
If the acne is stubborn and/or gets worse over time, then it is best to seek a professional acne treatment in Dubai. This can take the form of treatments to resurface the skin and remove acne scars, or reduce excess sebum secretion, or exfoliation to prevent pore clogging. In some cases, the dermatologist may suggest hormonal medication to make the skin function as it should.
Whatever the avenue of treatment and cure that you pursue for your acne, be sure to approach a reputed skin care clinic in the city. Above all, do not self medicate or try OTC drugs or creams without consulting your doctor first.