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Acne Treatment

Acne is a skin condition mainly occurring when hair follicles and pores get clogged with sebum (skin oil), dead skin cells, and other impurities. It can lead to breakouts, causing pimples and spots in the affected skin areas. While these pimples commonly occur on the face, they may also erupt in other areas, such as the neck, chest, and back.

Not only can acne cause pain and discomfort, but it can also affect your aesthetics with its unsightly lesions and pimples. Fortunately, this problem can be managed with medications, clinical treatments, and home remedies.

What Causes Acne?

Acne is caused by a process happening in the following sequence:

  1. Excess sebum production by sebaceous glands, oil glands connected to hair follicles
  2. Clogging of those follicles with sebum and dead skin cells
  3. The prevalence of p.acnes bacteria in the clogged follicles
  4. Bacteria causing inflammation in the walls of clogged follicles

This process can lead to the formation of whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and other forms of acne lesions.

Factors that may contribute to or worsen acne include the following:

  • Hormonal changes: Overproduction of androgen, a type of hormone, can cause sebaceous glands to enlarge and produce excess sebum. This increases the risk of pores getting clogged and inflamed.
  • Medications: Certain medications, especially those containing corticosteroids, lithium, and testosterone, can cause hormonal imbalances, leading to sebum overproduction.
  • Diet: According to some studies, carbohydrate-rich foods can exacerbate acne.
  • Stress: Stress won’t cause acne, but it may worsen the condition.

What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Acne?

Acne is generally identified by the following skin changes:

  • Cysts
  • Skin eruptions surrounded by redness
  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads
  • Papules (small red bumps)
  • Pustules (pus-filled small red pimples)

Before & After

No Guarantee, as the results may vary from person to person.

When To See A Doctor?

  • You may need to see your dermatologist or doctor if:
  • You have noticed scarring due to acne breakouts.
  • Your acne problem affects your self-esteem.
  • You notice pigmented spots on the affected skin area.
  • You experience pain and discomfort caused by acne breakouts.
  • Your acne doesn’t respond to home remedies and topical OTC products.

How is Acne Diagnosed?

Your doctor will physically examine the acne breakouts to determine their type and severity. They will also take note of where these breakouts appear on the skin.

Sometimes, breakouts that look like acne pimples are not actually caused by acne. Several skin conditions, such as hidradenitis suppurativa, perioral dermatitis, and certain forms of rosacea, have an acne-like appearance. Those conditions may require significantly different treatments from acne management and prevention.

Therefore, seeing a broad-certified dermatologist is vital for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment of your skin problem.

Acne Treatment Options


Dermatologists at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery recommend both OTC and prescription medications – topical, oral, or both – to manage acne. The main ingredients of these medications include:

  • Benzoyl peroxide: This agent works by eliminating bacteria in the follicles, preventing inflammation.
  • Salicylic acid: This acid helps unclog pores and follicles.
  • Glycolic acid: This ingredient helps remove dead skin cells and oil from the follicles. Research has found glycolic acid to have antioxidant and antibacterial properties, which are helpful for skin health.
  • Antibiotics: These are prescription drugs available as topical and oral medications. Topical antibiotics for acne usually contain clindamycin or erythromycin as the main ingredients. On the other hand, oral antibiotics may include minocycline, doxycycline, and tetracycline.
  • Retinoids: Your doctor may recommend oral or topical drugs containing retinoids for moderate to severe acne which doesn’t respond to OTC medications. Depending on your condition, the dermatologist may prescribe retinoids in combination with benzoyl peroxide, oral antibiotics, or other medicines. And for severe acne that results in cystic lesions, you may be given isotretinoin.

Clinical Treatments

The most common clinical treatments for acne include the following:

Chemical peels: Light peels, usually consisting of glycolic acid, are often used clinically to reduce mild acne symptoms.

Laser treatment: A laser may be used to reduce sebum production in acne-prone skin, preventing or reducing the severity of breakouts.

How Can I Treat My Acne Naturally?

Several home remedies can help reduce pimples and spots caused by acne. The most effective ones include the following:

  • Tea tree oil: Extracted from the leaves of the tree Melaleuca alternifolia, tea tree oil has been found effective in reducing skin inflammation. This oil fights p.acnes and s.epidermidis, the two bacteria strains known to cause acne spots.
  • Other essential oils: Several oils have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which help clear up or prevent acne pimples. Cinnamon, clove, lavender, and rose oil help eliminate p.acnes bacteria. Clove-basil oil, when used with other ingredients, has been found to accelerate pimple healing.
  • Green tea application: Applying green tea to acne spots can help reduce inflammation caused by bacteria.
  • Moisturizing with Aloe vera: When applied to the affected skin area, Aloe vera gel can fight bacteria and promote wound healing by reducing inflammation of acne pimples.

Is acne 100% curable?

While acne cannot be ‘cured’ 100%, it can be managed effectively with several home remedies, medications, and clinical treatments.

What Is The Cost Of Acne Treatment?

The average starting cost of acne treatment in Dubai is AED 1450. The exact cost of the treatment is subject to change from person to person, mainly depending on the following factors:

  • Acne’s severity
  • The type of treatment option chosen
  • The practitioner’s expertise
  • The geographic location and reputation of the treatment facility or clinic

Why Choose Us?

Dubai Cosmetic Surgery Clinic is a pioneer in providing cosmetic procedures in Dubai. Our dermatologists are American Board certified practitioners with many years of experience in aesthetic consultancy. Feel yourself in safe hands to get aesthetic treatments from highly expert doctors.

Acne Treatment FAQs

How much does it cost for acne treatment?

The starting cost of Acne treatment at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery Clinic is 1450 AED. It may vary on different factors like the doctor’s expertise and experience, Treatment plan, technology, level of acne, and treatment session.

Are acne and pimples the same?

The main difference is acne is a disease that goes from mild to severe. It keeps on growing and spreading in the other areas too.
Pimple is kind of its initial symptom which appear occasionally. Acne is produced due to oil glands in hair follicles.

Do cosmetic products aggravate acne?

Yes, oil-based and alcohol-based makeup trigger to produce acne.

Does acne go away naturally?

Yes, it gets settled down on its own by the end of puberty, but if it is not and going worst then you need to get the right treatment without being late.

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