• Dr. Preethi Nagaraj

5 reasons why your acne is not reducing despite treatment

Updated: May 15




Is your acne not reducing despite treatment?

Here are 5 reasons that you may need to look into-


Not following a proper diet 

It is medically proven that a diet rich in sugar and milk/milk products can worsen acne.

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Continuing to use make up unsuitable for your skin type

Thick, cream based cosmetics, concealers and make up can worsen acne. Look for cosmetics with non- comedogenic ingredients if you are suffering from acne. Opt for gel or light lotion based moisturisers and sunscreens. Avoid heavy make up at all times.


Washing your face too frequently

Most of the patients with acne have an oily skin, that makes them wash their face every 2-3 hours. This will strip the skin off its natural oils and leads to excessive dryness, thereby signalling the oil glands to produce more oil to compensate the dryness. Cleanse your face only 3 times a day and at other times, use a wipe or tissue to dab the oiliness off your face.


Practicing home-made remedies unsuitable for your face 

A lot of patients apply curd and milk based home-made remedies to get rid of acne. This can add to the oiliness of the skin. Scrubbing with besan and sugar granules can also irritate the skin, thereby worsening acne.

Similarly, getting regular facials at salons can also worsen acne. Some salons claim to have “acne-free” facials, but use thick creams for massage. This not only clogs pores but can also spread the acne causing bacteria leading to new breakouts.


You may have underlying hormonal imbalance

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is becoming more common among young women due to an unhealthy lifestyle. Irregular periods, hair loss, weight gain and excessive hair in the beard area may signal an underlying hormonal imbalance. Your dermatologist will screen you for the same by doing a pelvic scan and blood work up.


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