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Help with Acne

Acne is a condition in which the pores of the skin become clogged, inflamed, and sometimes infected. These clogged pores can result in blackheads, whiteheads, or pimples. Acne tends to occur in teenagers, but can also occur in adults.

it starts in the skin's sebaceous glands, which secrete an oily substance called "sebum." The sebum normally travels from the sebaceous gland to the skin's surface via a tiny hair follicle. But with acne, the sebum becomes trapped, sometimes mixing with dead skin cells and bacteria, causing a clogged pore. Blackheads are clogged pores that reach the skin's surface, while whiteheads stay beneath the surface of the skin. Small red bumps, pimples, and cysts may also develop. Contrary to popular myths, chocolate and greasy foods have not been shown to cause acne. The main causes include; changes in levels of male hormones called androgens, increased sebum production, changes inside the hair follicle, and bacteria.

When see a doctor for this condition, he/ she will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. The doctor will examine the areas of your skin with the most sebaceous glands, which is where acne is most likely to occur. These are the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. If the condition is severe, you may be referred to a dermatologist who specializes in skin disorders.

There are several over-the-counter and prescription medications for acne. Some are applied directly to the skin (topical medication), others are taken by mouth (oral medication), and others are injected into the acne cysts or pustules. Acne may require a combination of oral, topical, and surgical treatments. Some treatments may take several weeks to work and your skin may actually appear to get worse before it gets better.

Over-the-counter Topical Medications include cleansers, creams, lotions, and gels aimed at reducing the amount of oil and/or bacteria in the pores. They may contain one or more of the following ingredients: Benzoyl peroxide, Salicylic acid, Sulfur, and Resorcinol.

Prescription Topical Medications include cleansers, creams, lotions, and gels aimed at reducing the amount of oil and/or bacteria in the pores. They include: Benzoyl peroxide, Sulfur, Resorcinol, Salicylic acid, Antibiotics, Tretinoin, Adapalene, Azelaic acid, and Tazarotene.

Prescription Oral Medications include antibiotics, medications for hormone-related acne, and vitamin A derivatives called "retinoids." They are generally used for moderate to severe cases of this skin condition.

It can be difficult to prevent acne from occurring, because it can be difficult to control the factors that cause it. But there are some things you can do to keep it from getting worse:

  • Gently wash your face with mild soap and warm water twice a day (no more than twice) to remove excess oil. Scrubbing or washing too often can make things worse.
  • When washing your face:
    • Use your hands rather than a washcloth.
    • Use mild soap rather than a harsh "acne cleanser."
    • Allow your face to thoroughly dry before applying any topical preparations.
  • Don't pick at or squeeze blemishes.
  • Use lotions, soaps, and cosmetics labeled "noncomedogenic." These won't clog your pores.
  • Use topical treatments only as directed. Using them more often could make your condition worse.
  • Recognize and limit emotional stress.
  • Wear sunscreen year-round. This is especially important if you are using medications. Medications can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

Buy Low Drugs discount pharmacy can make it affordable to treat your acne with medications that can ease the pain caused by this skin problem.

 


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