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Lifestyles triggering increase in adult acne

11 November 2016 12:15 AM

Dermatologist Dr Hetesh Pitamber describes the factors behind the increase in adult acne.

People need to be educated about the severity of acne, and do less home remedies which might be harmful to the skin.

This is according to dermatologist Dr Hetesh Pitamber, who responded to #NightTalk listeners' queries on how to best treat adult acne.

Before, everyone thought it was the fried foods like slap chips and fried polony and all of that was the trigger for acne. But now research has shown that its more your refined sugars and your dairy fats can exacerbate acne

Dr Hetesh Pitamber, Dermatologist

Dr Pitamber says that more adults are getting acne today as due to a combination of stressful lifestyles and high carbohydrate and sugary diets.

Most patients that we see are more worried about the marks or the scars rather than the acne itself

Dr Hetesh Pitamber, Dermatologist

Research by the International Dermal Institute finds that between 40 and 55 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 40 have low grade, persistent acne.

Fifty four percent of women older than age 25 have acne, according to the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology.

When patients come to you (a dermatologist), they don't know the severity of acne

Dr Hetesh Pitamber, Dermatologist

According to Dr Pitamber, there is often little one can do to reverse the onset of acne.

He says that seeing a dermatologist in the early phases of having acne can help one to not have permanent scarring as a consequence of acne.

Listen to the conversation below:


11 November 2016 12:15 AM