Acne is a common skin disorder experienced by many Maltese people, both young and old alike. It also goes by the term acne vulgaris. The condition is characterized by small spots, usually developing on the face and chest. It can also be found at the back or on the shoulders. These spots have variations, which will be tackled here later.
Acne is usually due to a rise in testosterone levels in both males and females entering the puberty stage. The condition generally clears up once a person reaches his twenties. Fluctuating hormone levels in women may cause acne to persist up to their adult years.
The skin condition is highly treatable, but the response of patients affected with acne may vary greatly. Some people clear up quickly, but others may have persistent spots that respond slowly to treatment.
Most people across the world get acne sometime in their lives.
You may consult our online physicians for consultations regarding your acne. Our physicians can help you identify any specific cause of your acne and provide you with a treatment plan to help clear up your spots.
The most prevalent acne symptom is the appearance of spots on different parts of the body, mostly on the face and chest. Acne spots come in various types:
You can obtain a proper diagnosis of acne through a video consultation with our physicians.
Our doctors will inquire about your symptoms and ask you to show the body areas affected by the condition. From there, they can diagnose how mild or severe your acne is, and can deduce various causes that may have started your acne.
Sebaceous glands in your skin produce excess oil than needed. These extra oils combine with dead skin cells and form blockages which eventually develop into tiny pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads.
Bacteria can also enter the trapped oil inside the follicles. When this happens, larger inflamed spots begin to occur.
Benzoyl peroxide is a popular over-the-counter remedy used to successfully treat mild acne. Prescription medications are indicated for more severe cases.
These are the possible treatment for acne that our physicians may suggest to you if you have severe acne:
Acne is typically seen in the first three months of pregnancy. This is usually a temporary flare-up due to raging hormones. It often passes or calms down after the first trimester is done.
Doctors do not prescribe oral treatments for acne in pregnant women and in those women trying to conceive. Medications are risky during this time since they can negatively affect you or your unborn baby.