Excellent Acne Guide by Ryker77

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    Excellent Acne Guide by Ryker77


    Acne vulgaris (acne) is a common skin condition that can affect people of all ages, although teenagers develop acne most often. Acne is a disorder that occurs when the sebaceous glands in a person's skin make too much oil (sebum). The oil combines with cells that line the walls of these glands and clogs the person's skin pores.

    It is not clear what causes a person's body to produce too much oil or not properly shed dead skin cells. Vitamin B5 might help with oily skin. Outbreaks of acne may be linked to hormones, genetics, or bacteria.1 Acne is not caused by eating too much chocolate or oily foods.

    Acne can range from mild to severe. A person may have only occasional bouts with acne or it may be constant. Treatment for acne is based on the severity of the outbreak and how much it affects a person's appearance.

    The goal of treatment is to reduce or eliminate outbreaks and to prevent scarring. Home care of acne and use of nonprescription medications can be effective. Prescribed oral medications (such as isotretinoin) and topical medications (such as benzoyl peroxide) are also available to treat acne. Usually, a combination of medications is most helpful.

    Treatments read this part!! If you go to a general doctor you'll get poor service. You'll need to be able to tell him that you want to try ### and some of ###. Or just go to a dermatoligist.

    Medications do not cure acne, but they can help manage the severity and frequency of outbreaks. Different medications are used, depending on the type of acne (pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, or cystic lesions). The types of medications used most often to treat acne include those that:

    Help unplug skin pores and stop them from getting plugged with oil (such as tretinoin [sold as Retin-A]).
    Kill bacteria, such as antibiotics and lotions that contain sodium sulfacetamide.
    Reduce the amount of sebum made by a person's body (such as isotretinoin [sold as Accutane]).
    Reduce the effects of hormones in producing acne (such as oral contraceptive pills for women).
    The best medical treatment for acne often consists of a combination of medications. Some medications are combined into one product, such as Benzamycin topical gel which contains an antibiotic (erythromycin) and benzoyl peroxide, or BenzaClin topical gel, which contains benzoyl peroxide and the antibiotic clindamycin. Other times, two different medications are needed. For example, some people use benzoyl peroxide lotion or gel in the morning and tretinoin (Retin-A) at bedtime.

    The most common types of medications used to treat acne include:

    Antibiotics, such as erythromycin (E-Mycin) and tetracycline.

    Tretinoin (Retin-A) and adapalene (Differin), both retinoid medications.

    Other retinoids, such as isotretinoin (Accutane) and tazarotene (Tazorac).

    Certain hormones, such as estrogen (low-dose birth control pills).

    Sodium sulfacetamide, such as Klaron lotion, Novacet lotion, and Sulfacet-R lotion.

    Azelaic acid, such as Azelex, a topical cream.

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    Good post!  I found that using a OTC soap called Panoxyl helps to alleviate acne somewhat.  For people who can't get a prescription for some reason, it will help a little bit.  You can probably find it at your store. 
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    More acne info. and how to rid it....


    Tanning Bed
    Ultraviolet rays dry excess skin oil very effectively.
    Best results when used without dark-tanning lotions.
    Shower after use and apply an aloe-based lotion to
    noticibly oily areas. Avoid UV exposure while using
    medications that cause photosensitivity.

    Swimming Pool
    Chlorine dries skin oil and reduces bacteria. Shower
    immediately afterwards and apply an aloe-based lotion
    to reduce oil production.

    Panthotenic Acid (Vitamin B5)
    Large doses of panthotenic acid have proven to reduce
    acne. Take 2500 mg four (4) times a day (last dose at
    bedtime) until acne is under control, and then 1500 mg
    three (3) times a day for maintenance. Also available
    as a cream which should be applied 4-6 times a day.

    Benzoyl Peroxide
    Benzoyl peroxide slowly releases oxygen, which has an
    antibacterial effect. It also causes peeling and
    drying of skin, which helps to eliminate blackheads
    and whiteheads. First, wash the affected area of skin
    with medicated soap and water. Pat dry gently with a
    towel. Apply enough medicine to cover the affected
    area and rub in gently once or twice a day. If you
    have a fair complexion, start with a single daily
    application at bedtime. Keep the medicine away from
    eyes, nose, and mouth. Results are noticable in 1 to
    several weeks. Side effects: burning, itching,
    scaling, swelling, or redness. Allergic reactions are
    not uncommon. Common brands: Clearasil, Noxzema, Oxy,
    PanOxyl.

    Isotretinoin (Accutane) - prescription
    Isotretinoin is a powerful drug used in the treatment
    of acne. Isotretinoin decreases the amount of oil
    produced by the skin's sebaceous (oil) glands. Four to
    five months of isotretinoin treatment usually leads to
    clearing of acne for one year or more after the
    medicine is stopped. Most other acne-controlling
    medicines are antibacterial agents, which are
    effective only if the medicine is used daily. Side
    effects (in order of percent reported): chapped lips,
    dry skin, mild nosebleeds, eye irritation, joint and
    muscle pains, temporary hair thinning, rash,
    intestinal symptoms, urinary symptoms, headache,
    decreased night vision, depression. Regular blood
    tests are necessary when you are taking isotretinoin
    because it can be hard on the liver. Women should not
    take Isotretinoin while pregnant, and should avoid
    becoming pregnant while using it. Isotretinoin can
    cause photosensitivity.

    Retin-A - prescription
    Unlike many over-the-counter acne treatments, Retin-A
    has the ability to get beneath the surface of your
    skin and work where acne begins. Retin-A loosens and
    expels acne plugs in the skin and prevents new lesions
    from forming. Apply before bed, about 30 minutes after
    washing the skin. Side effects: dryness, peeling,
    redness. Retin-A can cause photosensitivity
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    For acne, Benzamycin = the ****. You can't beat it. It's got some 5% Benzoyl Peroxide, and I forget what strength Erythromycin it has. But, it's worked wonders for my acne (non-steroid induced, if that has anything to do with it. i don't do steroids or phs, but i love biochem, so i like to learn about 'em).

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