- Getting acne....Q&A............(part 3 of 5)
- What is acne?.....................(part 2 of 5 )
- What is acne? ......................(part 1 of 5)
- Enhancing retinoid treatment for acne
- Dealing with side effects of retinoids
- Topical acne treatment :Applying retinoids like a pro
- Generic versus “branded generic” drugs
- Combining benzoyl peroxide with topical antibiotics
- Reviewing topical retinoids
- Reviewing the Topical Tools for treating acne
- Taking the Topical Route in acne treatment
- Reviewing the Topical Tools at Your Dermatologist’s Disposal
- Get rid of acne at home,how to guide.
- Celebrities suffering from acne
- Removing Facial Acne Scars
- Antimicrobial Therapy in Acne (2)
- Antimicrobial Therapy in Acne (1)
- Taking Care of Acne Over the Counter
- Acne:Living in an oil-free world
- A comparison of three methods of acne medications. ProActiv, OXY, and prescription.
- starting to collect quality vids about acne
- Making Up and Breaking Out?
- Initiating or irritating factors for acne that you should know ?
- Drugs that can induce acne
- Addressing some Aggravating Agents
I’ve started getting acne spots. How long do they last?This depends on what type of spots they are and, even then, it canbe very difﬁcult to predict what will happen. Some spots willappear and then disappear during the course of a day but otherswill evolve more gradually through the various stages. Comedonescan be very persistent if they don’t get inﬂamed. Mildly inﬂamedspots will last 5–10 days
Below we outline the types of spots you can get, so you can tell whether you have a mild, moderate or severe problem. They do not all have to be present for you to have acne. Just one type will still mean you have this condition, and there are effective treatments no matter how bad your problem is.ComedonesThese are the starting point of all acne. They begin as very small blockages in the pores.
‘Acne is just when you get a load of spots all over your face. Youprobably need to have about 20 for it to be bad.’‘I think it is when you don’t wash and your face gets all spottyand horrible.’Acne is, in fact, the world’s most common skin disease. You know you have it when your skin develops blackheads, whiteheads, or red or yellow spots and becomes greasy. These are the classic signs and it
Removal of comedones can also help to treat your acne and speed up improvement. Your dermatologist may perform acne surgery with a comedo extractor, a small instrument that mechanically removes comedones. Comedo removal can be a useful adjunct to topical therapy when your blackheads and whiteheads are somewhat resistant to topical retinoids.Acne surgery is a noninvasive surgery, meaning that the
All retinoids can cause some skin irritation during the first few weeks of use. You may have some discomfort, such as stinging or burning, and sometimes may experience mild redness and scaling of your skin. These reactions are to be expected, and they’re an indication that the retinoid is working. After several weeks, your skin generally gets used to the medication and the discomfort eases.A
Topical retinoids are applied in small, thin, pea-sized amounts to clean, dry skin once a day in the morning or at bedtime. They should be applied to all affected areas as well as to places that areacne-prone. Retin-A (not Retin-A Micro) and Avita, which tend to degrade in sunlight, should be applied only at bedtime. Talk with your doctor about the best time to apply Retin-A Micro, Differin, and
It’s a tricky business trying to find cheaper drugs. When a famous drug such as Retin-A has its patent expire, it can then become a generic (unbranded) drug. As an example, once a brand becomes generic, the original company often ceases to promote or support it. Sometimes this can be a real benefit because the generic version tends to be considerably cheaper. Hurray!But, after a while, some
Benzoyl peroxide is the mainstay of over-the-counter acne treat- ment (and I provide a full rundown of these benzoyl peroxide products in Chapter 7, along with all the other OTC acne medications).In addition to using benzoyl peroxide alone to treat your mild acne, benzoyl peroxide is also often used in conjunction with topical or systemic antibiotics. This treatment option is referred to as
Most dermatologists consider topical retinoids to be the mainstay of acne therapy. They’re often the first-line prescription treatment for acne and they’re also utilized as long-term maintenance for almost every acne patient. Retinoids are, far and above, the drugs of choice in people who have comedonal(blackhead and whitehead) acne, but they’re also effective at fighting inflammatory lesions, so
Opening Up the Tool ChestTopical acne therapy aims to counter several of the major factors that cause acne:Blocked hair folliclesGrowth of the acne causing bacteria, P. acnesInflammationOral therapy is required to tackle the other important acne causing factors, such as:Increased hormone productionExcess sebum (oil) productionTopical treatment is sufficient for most people who have acne, but oral
The use of topicals offers many advantages over oral therapy(taking medications by mouth). The most obvious advantage is that your skin gets the direct application of medications and very few serious complications can result, whereas the oral route may lead to more severe side effects (such as those discussed in Chapter 10). In topical therapy, a vehicle (an inactive medium) “delivers” the active
In This postChoosing to treat your acne topically Evaluating a cornucopia of topical treatmentsGetting into genericsYou may have tried some over-the-counter products, flirted with various diets, or experimented with cosmetics, facials,and soaps. Maybe you’ve even watched a few TV infomercials and tried those products with unsatisfactory results. Well, it sounds like you’re ready for a different
Acne is a common problem in adolescents but also often occurs in adults. It is thought to be due to hormonal imbalances, and perhaps faulty diet. It appears as inflamed oil glands, generally on the skin of the face, neck or back, which have become blocked and often infected. The pimples are raised, red and usually pus-filled; blackheads are common. The pimples may or may not be
Rhianna suffering from acne tooEthan Hawke with some acne pimples
A decision to seek treatment for acne scars, and the specific treat-ments that you may choose, depend on a number of factors thatyou and your doctor can discuss and weigh:How do you feel about your scars? You may have scars andcould care less about them or they may be psychologicallydistressing to you. Do the scars emotionally affect your life?Are you willing to live with your scars and wait for
MACROLIDESTopical and oral erythromycin and topical clindamycin have been well-established acne treatments for decades, but have become much less effective in the past 15 years or so due to the acquisition of resistance by P. acnes. Resistant bacteria are now induced quickly by macrolide therapy because most patients have a portion of their normal skin ﬂora that is genetically resistant, and that
INTRODUCTIONAntibiotic therapy in acne is a time-honored practice whose mechanism is only recently thoroughly understood. Initially, it was assumed that the reduction in Propionibacterium acnes was the sole mechanism of antibiotic efﬁcacy in acne, but it is now understood that certain antibiotic drugs are also potent anti-inﬂammatory agents via nonantibiotic mechanisms. In addition, the induction
Taking Action Topically: A PrimerA topical product is one that is applied on the skin, such as a cream, ointment, gel, foam, or lotion. Almost every OTC acne medication is topical rather than oral, taken by mouth. Topical therapy is generally safer than systemic (oral or injected) therapy.Topical acne treatments (both the OTC and prescription varieties) are made up of two general types of
Is your cosmetic really, absolutely oil free? On the assumption that sebum is a beneficial component of the skin, chemists have tried to imitate this substance, but the “oil free” claim isn’t exactly valid and can be misleading because the oil substitutes that are used in these products are synthetic and are considered to be more harmful than the excess sebum found in the skin that can block
Makeup doesn’t cause acne . A. cosmetica (see the previous post) is the traditional name for the type that cosmetics supposedly cause. I realize that some reactions to cosmetics can sometimes look like inflammatory acnegenic lesions , but it’s really just your skin reacting negatively to one or more of the ingredients found in your makeup that makes already-existing get redder and look worse.And
In this section, I list some of the activities, exposures, or things done to the skin that have historically been reported to bring on or exacerbate acne.Acne cosmeticaThis condition is described as a persistent, low-grade type that usually involving the chin and cheeks of women who use cosmetics. Lesions that arise primarily as closed comedones as well as papules and pustules. It is often
Acne reactions caused by medications are usually self-limiting,which means they disappear when the drugs are stopped. If the drug must be taken for an extended period of time, the ACNE or acnelike lesions can be treated with the same medications that areused to fight most forms.CorticosteroidsOral corticosteroids are synthetic derivatives of the natural steroid,cortisol, which is produced by the
A host of outside agents such as drugs, physical factors such as cos-metics, and even sun exposure have been considered to be triggersand tripwires for acne. I review these agents in the next section. Inparticular, certain drugs can be acnegenic (acne producing) orcreate skin eruptions that look exactly like acne (acneiform reac-tions). The same drugs can sometimes exacerbate pre-existing acne.