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Acne & Pimples

Acne is a treatable condition. In fact, dermatologists assess the root cause of acne and treat it accordingly. A variety of medical treatments are available to treat all types of acne.


Treatments for Acne are oral medications, oral antibiotics, topical medications, topical medications & Medical procedures.  READ MORE



Acne treatments require time, consistent efforts. Moreover, patients need to support acne treatments with overall lifestyle modification.


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Jaya More ,Kharadi, Pune

Treatment:Acne Pimples Date: Oct 18, 2019 Sessions: 4

“ Excellent guidance and neat treatment .”

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Atul Kadam
Atul Kadam
11:25 15 Feb 20
I had a great experience here... Doctors are very... cooperative and explains the problem in detail. It has definitely improved my skin for which I had consulted here. Hope to see the same service going forward in the treatmentread more
Rohini Gilbile
Rohini Gilbile
10:44 15 Feb 20
Good experience
Parag Satav
Parag Satav
07:19 15 Feb 20
Since last two month I enrolled here for skin... treatment (pimple/dark spot).#I feel good improvement in skin. Doctor as well as staff is very good.Specially I would like to mention the staff who did the treatment. I feel its they treat very well. Took their own time, giving suggestions while treatment, asking about the of treatment intensity etc. It was good experience till now. Also I got concession though I paid lump sum amount. Also equipment's for treatment seems to be highly ..Overall is good experience till now.Seems treatment is temporary..after treatment finish you ll back to as we're.. not a permanent. Cost is too muchread more
akash mulik
akash mulik
12:36 12 Feb 20
Very good experience
Sunil Gangawane
Sunil Gangawane
06:46 12 Feb 20
Good experience
Devyani choudhari
Devyani choudhari
10:12 10 Feb 20
Recommended! Wel maintained records, systematic... work, great doctors and staff.hav patience and regular followup wil definitely help.read more
Trupti Chavan
Trupti Chavan
08:34 10 Feb 20
Shaunak Shete
Shaunak Shete
05:57 06 Feb 20
Very friendly staff, doctors are very... experienced, treatments show promising results.read more
Ashish Hirolli
Ashish Hirolli
06:28 05 Feb 20
Very friendly and accommodating staff.Doctors and... treatment staff were very experienced and treatments showed results. Their staff also calls and makes sure the the patient is comfortable post treatment and medications are being taken timely. The appointments timing's were flexible for me, As it's open all day.read more
Sanjay Bajaj
Sanjay Bajaj
10:04 03 Feb 20
So nice experience to deal with your skin related... problems... Expert opinion, all procedures, polite staff , well co ordination all under one roof...read more
muskan shaikh
muskan shaikh
09:07 03 Feb 20
The service was good n I love the way how the... doctor interacted with me .read more
Pallavi Gabhane
Pallavi Gabhane
08:23 01 Feb 20
Friendly behavior of doctors and nice... consultation. Well maintained and nice servicesI am taking treatment here for severe acne and the outcome is really amazing...the procedure is bit time taking but you need to have patience for best results.I will recommend this to everyone who wants to get rid of acne..just follow the instructions givenread more
Raj Manjrekar
Raj Manjrekar
07:04 01 Feb 20
I have been visiting for hair treatment. Doctor... and staff both are very friendly and make sure you are comfortable during as well as post your treatment. Also the appointment timings are very flexible. Recommendedread more
ratnadeep utekar
ratnadeep utekar
15:07 30 Jan 20
It's a really best solution for every skin and... hair disease with experienced doctors and advanced technology. Staff is very nice. The best dermatologist in town.read more
asmita mane thorat
asmita mane thorat
06:34 25 Jan 20
I have been taking treatment since. Last 1 year.... And I have got tremendous change in my skin. Thanks clearskinread more
Aishwarya Janbandhu
Aishwarya Janbandhu
08:31 24 Jan 20
Service is very good ,staff is also very helpful... and Dr.Deepali ma'am is very nice ,her behaviour towards her patient is so good that you will feel better at the first time only.read more
Narasaiah Muppalla
Narasaiah Muppalla
12:29 23 Jan 20
Good experience
Avinash More
Avinash More
14:22 11 Jan 20
This is my second visit at hair md..before coming... here i faced a lot of depression because of my hairfall..but after meeting Dr. Vikram ..I am feeling confident now ..he is very polite and has good knowledge of his domain ..read more
Sudiksha Jaiswal
Sudiksha Jaiswal
10:39 11 Jan 20
I have been coming to Clear skin for 4 yrs now,... for routine skin cleanups and hair treatments. I have kind of stopped using any beauty treatments at salons. Expert team of Dr's is very thorough with treatment options and execution. Dr. Chavhan has always been my go to Dr for any sort of skin and hair problems. My skin has never felt better. Clear skin is lifestyle for me now. Highly recommend clear skin.read more
Jaymin Modi
Jaymin Modi
08:11 11 Jan 20
Results were more than satisfactory as off the... second sitting.read more
Raviraj Hase
Raviraj Hase
06:15 04 Jan 20
Had a treatment on Acne and scars. Had a good... treatment. Doctors are nice and very explanatory. Dr. Rose and Dr. Monali are very knowledgeable and give correct treatment.Had a good experience.read more
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Acne & Pimples

Acne is a chronic condition. It causes pimples , cysts or nodules on the face, neck, back, and shoulders. It can occur in males and females of all ages. When pores clog with excess sebum, dirt & dead skin cells, it leads to acne. Acne can be of several types and are broadly classified into Inflammatory Acne & Non-Inflammatory Acne.


Types of Acne

Inflammatory Acne

  1. Papules:  Papules are solid bumps that are raised. They are tender. The skin around a papule is usually slightly swollen and red. Papules form when whiteheads or blackheads irritate and damage the skin around them.
  2. Pustules: Pustules are large, tender bumps. They have a pus-filled center with a pink or red base. The pus may be whitish or yellowish and forms due to a build-up of bacterial cells. Pustules are similar to whiteheads in appearance, but they are larger and more inflamed.
  3. Nodules: Nodules are a severe form of acne and can be painful. They have no visible centre or head and occur when clogged pores damage tissues and cells deep beneath the skin's surface. Nodules may cause dark spots or scarring.
  4. Cysts: Cysts form deeper within the skin than nodules and are the most severe type of acne blemish. They are very large, painful, red or white pus-filled lumps. Cysts can also cause scarring.

Non-Inflammatory Acne

  1. Blackheads: Blackheads are a mild form of acne and are caused due to clogged hair follicles. When the skin over the bump opens and gets exposed to air, it causes it to look black and a blackhead forms.
  2. Whiteheads: Whiteheads are also a form of mild acne. Whiteheads are small, round, white bumps on the skin's surface that occur when a pore becomes clogged with sebum, dead skin cells, and debris.

Do & Don't for Getting Acne

DO: Cleanse your face.
DO: Moisturise your skin.
DO: Stay hydrated.
DO: Use sunscreen daily.
DO: Follow a healthy diet.

DON’T: Pop and poke your pimples.
DON’T: Use excessive make-up products.
DON’T: Eat oily foods.
DON’T: Over-exfoliate.
DON’T: Scrub your skin too roughly.

Causes of Acne

  1. Hormonal fluctuations: These may occur during puberty, menstrual cycle, pregnancy or menopause.
  2. Genetic tendency: There may be a genetic predisposition to acne-prone skin and acne breakouts. If an individual's family members suffer from acne, it increases the chances of them having acne as well.
  3. Use of excess makeup:Certain makeup products tend to clog pores and make the skin oily, which may cause acne.
  4. Side effects of certain medications: Oral contraceptives or certain antibiotics might cause a reaction and result in the formation of pimples.
  5. Dietary Triggers: Certain foods may trigger acne. These foods include junk food, dairy products and unhealthy foods that are high in sugar or are oily.

Dermatologists treat all types of acne. They personalize the treatment based on the patient’s skin type & grade of acne. 

There are three broad approaches of Acne Treatment:  

  1. Oral antibiotics
  2. Topical treatments in the form of creams, lotions or face washes
  3. Medical procedures like chemical peels, lasers and light therapies.

Acne treatments work best when patients support them with lifestyle changes & dietary changes.

Treatment for Acne

Acne is treated depending on how persistent and chronic it is. Moreover, the treatment depends on the patient’s grade of acne and skin type. Acne treatments can be classified into the following categories:

Topical Antibiotics & Antibacterials

  1. Retinoids
  2. Oral antibiotics
  3. Medical procedures

1. Topical Antibiotics & Antibacterials

These include erythromycin, clindamycin, sulfacetamide, azelaic acid, and dapsone.

2. Retinoids

Retin-A (tretinoin) is one of the oldest forms of Retinoids. Nowadays, dermatologists recommend newer forms of retinoids such as adapalene and tazarotene. These medications help to unclog pores. However, they may cause side effects like irritation and increased sensitivity to the sun. Retinoids are a strong medication. Therefore, one must use them under the strict guidance of a dermatologist.

3. Oral Medications

  • Oral antibiotic: Doctors may prescribe oral antibiotics such as tetracycline, doxycycline, minocycline, cefadroxil, amoxicillin. Some of these medicines may cause some allergic reactions in some people. For instance, stomach upsets & an increase in sun sensitivity.
  • Oral contraceptives: Oral contraceptives or birth control pills, which are low in estrogen. In fact, they can help treat acne to a good extent.
  • Spironolactone: This drug blocks androgen (hormone) receptors. However, it can cause breast tenderness, menstrual irregularities, and an increase in blood potassium levels. It does help women with chronic acne. In fact, women are able to tolerate it.
  • Cortisone injections: Dermatologists treat big cysts and pimples with these injections. These injections flatten the pimples.
  • Isotretinoin: This is one of the most strong medications for acne. However, one must take it only under a dermatologist’s prescription. Dermatologists prescribe only in cases of severe acne, particularly cystic acne. Usually, cystic does not respond to other forms of treatment. While it is an effective medicine, it does have many potential serious side effects. Moreover, Isotretinoin is not good for people who do not suffer from severe acne. Dermatologists prescribe this medicine for about five to six months at once. It is safe to take two or three courses of the medicine is the acne recurs. However, one must wait several months, try other treatments as well before starting to use Isotretinoin again. Isotretinoin can cause birth defects in a newborn if taken by pregnant women.

4. Medical procedures

  • Chemical peels: Dermatologists use mild to strong peels for moderate to severe forms of acne. These peels are made of glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid peels.
  • Laser & light procedures: These treat moderate to severe forms of acne. In fact, these are very effective. In fact, they ensure little to no side-effects. One must do these procedures from a well-trained dermatologist.

Some of the laser & light therapies include:

  • Erbium Glass Laser
  • Long Pulse NdYAG Laser
  • Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL)
  • CO2 Laser

Timeline for Acne & Pimples


Skin types vary from person to person and so does acne. The healing period varies based on the intensity or grade of acne. Higher grade acne takes longer to heal than lower grade acne. Dermatologists assess the skin to understand the root cause of acne and then prescribe personalised treatments accordingly. To prevent the recurrence of acne, it is important to complete the full course of the medication or the number of procedures prescribed by the dermatologist.

Do & Don't for Getting Pigmentation

DO: Visit your dermatologist in the initial stages.
DO: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen (> SPF 30).
DO: Use sun protection like scarves and hats.
DO: You need to avoid excessive sun exposure.
DO: Carry an umbrella, wear full sleeves clothing or broad-brimmed hats.
DO: Wear SPF 30 broad-spectrum sunscreen with PA++ protection.

DON’T: Overexpose yourself to the sun.
DON’T: Step outdoors without sunscreen.
DON’T: Ignore sunburns as they may lead to skin cancer

Do & Don't for Getting Acne Scars

DO: Visit your dermatologist in the initial stages.
DO: Follow a healthy skincare regime to prevent acne.
DO: Use products that reduce inflammation and redness.
DO: Moisturise your skin.

DON’T: Over-exfoliate.
DON’T: Pop and poke your pimples.
DON’T: Try home remedies as they don’t work.
DON’T: Delay the treatment of your acne.