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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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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
Shubham Gujar
Shubham Gujar
09:54 19 Dec 19
Satisfied with result,doctor is humble.Strongly... recommended.read more
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ratnakar suryawanshi
19:24 18 Dec 19
सद्या मी इलाज घेत आहे. रिझल्ट लागला वर सांगेन.
Jessica Shah
Jessica Shah
10:43 12 Dec 19
A very positive experience. Best dermatologist I... ever met. Thanks to Dr.Rosemary for my healthy skin😁read more
ameya pathak
ameya pathak
11:52 27 Nov 19
Good team of doctors and paramedical staff.I had... nice experience.read more
Amrin Punekar
Amrin Punekar
08:01 24 Nov 19
I am visiting this clinic for skin treatment.... Doctors as well as all staff members are very nice. Excellent follow-up and quick remedies.Clinic is good and hygienic. Treatment cost is bit high but worth it...read more
lia Qazi
lia Qazi
09:24 23 Nov 19
Good experience
Emraan Shaikh
Emraan Shaikh
07:59 21 Nov 19
Hey all please consider this review as my... personal feelings. I got to know about this clinic through google, after reading the reviews i felt its good but once i suggested this to my friend and started getting treatment for my friend we both felt that this is really best in pune. Staff behaviour is too polite and time punctual. Not even a single meet of our continuous opponents disappointed us. We get benifits more than for what we pay. Simply this is best for hair and skin treatment.read more
Chintamani Sadolikar
Chintamani Sadolikar
05:52 21 Nov 19
First of all, I am very grateful to Dr. Chavan ... for bringing me back to life. HairMD is the best of all the hair treatment clinics in Pune. I had a hair transplant in Oct 2015 with 3000+ grafts and the results are remarkable. I am very thankful to them.read more
Pushpa Parmar
Pushpa Parmar
11:12 20 Nov 19
Well the results were very clearly visible and my... skin tone also got brighter than before. I took about 5 checkups after which acne got reduced. I m happy with the results but I wish it would have stopped acne permanently.read more
Abdul Rahim Shaikh
Abdul Rahim Shaikh
08:24 20 Nov 19
I have been taking treatment since 6 month for my... hair loss. Under Dr. Chavan and team have guided us and i am happy with my results. I would recommend this place for hair treatmentread more
Pin Das
Pin Das
08:49 19 Nov 19
Great team of experienced and dedicated... doctors.I was under treatment by Dr. Rose.She explained the whole treatment and was very compassionate and empathetic.The team is very friendly and approachable.I would recommend everyone to visit them.Appreciate all the staff and coworkers.read more
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jayshree gaikwad
11:28 18 Nov 19
৪ সপ্তাহ আগেDoctors are knowledgeable and gives... solutions as per your present scenario. Staffs are helpful and courteous. Definitely in case of any requirement, you should try it at least once.read more
Akash Jagtap
Akash Jagtap
08:38 18 Nov 19
Good service, facilities, ambience.My hair fall... decreased n also my confidence is increasing day by day.. I m very thankful to doctors n staff members of clear skin clinic for such a nice service.. thank u very much.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.