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Prognosis of Acne

Updated at: Apr 21, 2014
Prognosis of Acne

Acne Diagnosis and Prognosis - Acne almost always can be controlled with medication, although results may not be seen for weeks or months.

Written by: Dr Poonam SachdevPublished at: Aug 12, 2011

Prognosis of Acne

Acne occurs mostly in people in their teenage years and 20s but it can continue to occur in middle age as well. Here are some facts on prognosis of acne.

  • Prognosis of acne in most cases is good. Acne is usually worst in the teen years and most people grow out of it.
  • Moderate to severe acne if not treated appropriately can cause scarring. These appear as pits (most commonly on the face) or as big, bumpy scars (most often on the chest and back).
  • If you have acne which does not respond to self-care measures and over-the-counter treatment consult your doctor. Response to treatment for acne is good for most people and it can prevent scarring. Your doctor after examining you can recommend treatment for acne and acne scars.
  • Response to appropriate treatment is good. Acne responds well to treatment after 6 - 8 weeks, but repeated or occasional flare-up may occur from time to time.


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