Acne: how to treat it and prevent it

Monthly Checkup

Posted: 12:00 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015

By Jane Neiheisel


Contributing Writer

Acne is an occasional nuisance for some. For approximately 17 million others in the United States, it is a chronic health problem. Persistent acne can lead to social anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. Pimples can become red and inflamed, often causing pain and occasionally becoming infected. In its most severe form, acne can cause permanent scarring.

Acne is caused by a combination of three factors: 1) Sebum, or oil, which is produced by our skin as a natural lubricant, 2) Hormones, specifically testosterone, which increase rapidly during puberty and 3) Bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes, which exists as part of the skin’s normal flora. This explains why the poster child

Article source: http://www.mydaytondailynews.com/news/lifestyles/acne-how-to-treat-it-and-prevent-it/nm96c/

Acne treatments: Medical procedures may help clear skin

Scottsdale, Arizona – Acne treatments aren’t one-size-fits-all. If prescription creams and antibiotics aren’t working for you – or if you can’t tolerate the side effects these medications can cause – you might consider acne treatments that can be provided at your doctor’s office.

Several types of office-based medical procedures – such as light therapy and chemical peels – may be helpful.

Regardless of which acne treatments you use, try to keep your expectations realistic. Acne can’t be cured, only controlled. You won’t start seeing improvements from most treatments for four to eight weeks. And your acne might appear worse before it gets better.

Light therapy

The redness and swelling that can occur with acne is caused by a type of bacteria that can be killed by exposing your skin to different types of light. Before the procedure, your doctor might apply a medication to your skin to make it more sensitive to light (photosensitizers). You’ll probably need to visit your doctor for multiple treatments.

Your treatments may use blue light, red light or a combination. More study is needed to determine the best methods for treating acne with light.

Possible side effects in the treated areas include:

  • Redness
  • Crusting and peeling
  • Changes in skin tone
  • Pain

Acne bacteria can also be killed with

Article source: http://www.yumanewsnow.com/index.php/news/health-news/2033-acne-treatments-medical-procedures-may-help-clear-skin

I Tried This Garlic Face Mask, and It Cleared My Acne

The chunky, greenish goop on her face was Lush Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask. Upon further investigation, I found that—in addition to traditional ingredients like kaolin (a.k.a. clay, which helps absorb oil)—the ingredient list includes many grocery-store staples, like green grapes, free-range eggs, and fresh garlic. That explained the clumps and ghastly green shade, but it still begged the question: Why garlic? It sounds repulsive, but according to Joshua Zeichner, an assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, the benefits might be worth it.

“Garlic contains an antimicrobial ingredient, allicin, which may help kill the acne-causing bacteria P. acnes, and tea tree oil similarly fights bacteria,” says Zeichner. The formula also contains an array of skin-calming ingredients. “Egg whites and honey both soothe and hydrate inflamed skin. You need those in there because you want to clear pimples without overdrying the skin.” I tested it out on a night I had a few breakouts and surprisingly, it didn’t smell that bad. After ten minutes I forgot about it. As for the results, right after I washed it off, my skin looked less red and splotchy and felt smoother. By morning, any blemishes were significantly less noticeable.

Article source: http://www.allure.com/beauty-trends/blogs/daily-beauty-reporter/2015/07/garlic-acne-face-mask.html

The Surprising Link Between Acne and Cancer

Women in a study who reported a history of severe acne as a teenager were 44 percent more likely to develop melanoma. They were also 17 percent more likely to develop breast cancer than those with mild or no acne. Hormones that drive acne and breast cancer may also play a role in mole formation and melanoma development, the study authors write in the journal Cancer. It may be advisable for women with this history to be especially vigilant about breast- and skin-cancer screenings.

And make sure you actually go to the doctor for that skin cancer screening. We found out that most of those skin cancer screening apps on your phone misclassified melanomas as benign. Also, none of them have FDA approval.

Our favorite products for your skin:

Article source: http://www.allure.com/beauty-trends/blogs/daily-beauty-reporter/2015/08/link-between-acne-and-cancer.html

Acne woes: In the spotlight

As the heat and humidity turn up, so do pimples on your skin . DESIGN : MARYAM RASHID

As the heat and humidity turn up, so do pimples on your skin . DESIGN : MARYAM RASHID

HEALTH: From around the time we reach puberty, pimples begin to appear on our skin and can continue to make an unwanted appearance for years to come. In summer, the chances of a breakout clouding your day are even higher. Read on to find out how to pre-empt a pimple

What is a pimple?

A pimple is an inflamed area of the skin with a pus formation resulting from bacteria-infected oil glands. The skin’s pores connect to oil glands, forming a substance called sebum. In the summer, the sun dries the water out of your skin, leaving it dehydrated, which makes your oil glands overgrow and overproduce.

Pimples break out mostly on the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders. Though there are no serious health issues resulting from pimples, they can leave permanent scars and also affect self-esteem.

Going clear: How to treat a pimple

“Anti-acne and herbal medications, increased water intake and proper cleansing with a good face wash can be very good treatment,”

Article source: http://tribune.com.pk/story/928668/acne-woes-in-the-spotlight/

Your Pillowcase Might Be Causing Your Breakouts

pillowcase acne
Photo Credit: Getty Images

After a tiring day at work, we can hardly wait to climb into our beds. A speedy nighttime beauty routine helps us hit the sheets in under 10 minutes, but we’ve recently run into a skincare issue that is slowing us down.

Waking up the next morning with inexplicable breakouts is forcing us to give our satin pillowcases the side-eye. If we’re being really good about washing our faces before bed, then these pillowcases must be to blame for our acne, right?

Pillowcases can house dirt and oil.

Like anything else that transfers dirt and oil to your skin, pillowcases can be the cause of acne mechanica, according to Dr. David E. Bank, director and founder of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic Laser Surgery.

“Acne mechanica is any type of acne that is the result of material or objects touching your face. When your pillowcase isn’t laundered or changed regularly, a build-up of dirt and oil from the environment as well as your skin and hair touching the pillow is transferred back to

Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/31/pillowcase-acne-beauty-myth_n_4372709.html

Your Pillowcase Might Be Causing Your Breakouts

pillowcase acne
Photo Credit: Getty Images

After a tiring day at work, we can hardly wait to climb into our beds. A speedy nighttime beauty routine helps us hit the sheets in under 10 minutes, but we’ve recently run into a skincare issue that is slowing us down.

Waking up the next morning with inexplicable breakouts is forcing us to give our satin pillowcases the side-eye. If we’re being really good about washing our faces before bed, then these pillowcases must be to blame for our acne, right?

Pillowcases can house dirt and oil.

Like anything else that transfers dirt and oil to your skin, pillowcases can be the cause of acne mechanica, according to Dr. David E. Bank, director and founder of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic Laser Surgery.

“Acne mechanica is any type of acne that is the result of material or objects touching your face. When your pillowcase isn’t laundered or changed regularly, a build-up of dirt and oil from the environment as well as your skin and hair touching the pillow is transferred back to

Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/31/pillowcase-acne-beauty-myth_n_4372709.html

Your Pillowcase Might Be Causing Your Breakouts

pillowcase acne
Photo Credit: Getty Images

After a tiring day at work, we can hardly wait to climb into our beds. A speedy nighttime beauty routine helps us hit the sheets in under 10 minutes, but we’ve recently run into a skincare issue that is slowing us down.

Waking up the next morning with inexplicable breakouts is forcing us to give our satin pillowcases the side-eye. If we’re being really good about washing our faces before bed, then these pillowcases must be to blame for our acne, right?

Pillowcases can house dirt and oil.

Like anything else that transfers dirt and oil to your skin, pillowcases can be the cause of acne mechanica, according to Dr. David E. Bank, director and founder of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic Laser Surgery.

“Acne mechanica is any type of acne that is the result of material or objects touching your face. When your pillowcase isn’t laundered or changed regularly, a build-up of dirt and oil from the environment as well as your skin and hair touching the pillow is transferred back to

Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/31/pillowcase-acne-beauty-myth_n_4372709.html

Finally, Good News for Anyone Looking for a Gentle Acne Treatment

Unless you’re a baby or a global supermodel or the dermatological equivalent of a unicorn, you probably deal with breakouts from time to time. Or, um, all the time. You casually touch your chin and feel that familiar soreness coming on. You wake up and look in the mirror to a new crop on your forehead. And, cruel irony, now that summer is here and you especially want to feel confident wearing sheerer makeup or going bare at the pool and beach, you may be breaking out more than ever.

No fun. But there’s a fix, and it doesn’t include triple-strength ingredients. After all, please raise your hand if you’ve ever been frustrated by a so-called skin-clearing product that only made your skin angrier than before. It’s a bummer, right? If only pimple products could be kind to your face.

Enter East Indian Sandalwood Oil, a natural ingredient that is known to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to calm redness and irritation. For thousands of years the oil has been used in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine. When this ultra-soothing import is paired with salicylic acid (one of the most popular acne-fighting ingredients on the market), it’s certain to get your skin happy. STAT.

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Natural Treatment Found Effective Against Acne

There’s no shortage of products out there that claim to treat the pimples that so often plague teen skin, but your body may already be making an effective treatment that just needs a little tweaking from science, a new study suggests.

The treatment is nitric oxide, a substance produced and used throughout the human body. But, nitric oxide’s benefits are usually short-lived, researchers explained.

And, that’s where science comes in. By slowing the release of nitric oxide using tiny substances (nanoparticles), researchers were able to kill the bacteria associated with acne. The nanoparticles also inhibited the inflammation that causes the large, painful pimples associated with inflammatory acne.

The study was published recently in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

“Our understanding of acne has changed dramatically in the last 15-20 years,” study co-author Dr. Adam Friedman, an associate professor of dermatology at George Washington University in Washington D.C., said in a university news release.

“Inflammation is really the driving force behind all types of acne. In this paper, we provide an effective a way to kill the bacterium that serves as a stimulus for acne without using an antibiotic, and

Article source: http://www.newsmax.com/Health/Health-News/acne-treatment-nitric-oxide/2015/07/31/id/664899/

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