The hot, humid weather in Singapore tends to aggravate the processes that cause acne to occur. That is why we sometimes see late onset acne especially in women.
Why do over-the-counter acne products not work? And, when should you see a doctor?
There is a wide range of topical acne products available in the market today. Some of them are available over the counter (OTC). Despite the widespread availability of these products, many acne sufferers still find themselves seeking help from doctors. The reason for this is because OTC acne products are usually not as effective as prescription acne treatments. OTC acne products, in general, try to improve acne by removing excess sebum from the skin. This alone, is insufficient to treat the more serious forms of acne. The only exception to OTC acne products is benzoyl peroxide. When used in combination with prescription acne medications, it can work synergistically to help improve acne.
You should consider seeking medical advice from a dermatologist if you are experiencing an acne outbreak. Some of you may want to try some OTC acne products but if you see no significant improvement after one to two weeks, I would strongly recommend you see a dermatologist. Any further delay may increase the risk of acne scarring.
Why is it recommended to see a doctor for acne?
Acne is a very common skin condition. While many doctors are familiar with this condition, it is not just about giving prescription creams and oral medications. Each acne treatment regime has to be individually tailored to suit the patient’s condition. And this comes with years of training and experience.
What is the success rate for the treatment of acne?
The success rate of acne treatment is one hundred percent! The main difference between patients is the time required to achieve clearance of acne. Some patients may take a few months whilst others may take up to a year or longer even with the correct treatment. Successful acne treatment is important as it significantly reduces the risk of scarring which is the main complication of uncontrolled acne.