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  1. Treating Acne When You Have Facial Hair

    A Beard May Reduce Absorption Most topical medications, including acne treatments, are effective only when absorbed deep into the skin. To get absorbed, the medications have to contact the skin directly. If you wear a full beard or even a short beard, it may be difficult for the skin to absorb the drug because facial hair literally stands in its way. Applying more medication would probably help. However, you should be reasonable with how much you...
  2. Why Do Some People Have Oilier Skin than Others?

    Oily skin (seborrhea), is a condition that results when the skin over-produces skin oil (sebum), leaving the skin looking shiny and feeling greasy. Sebum is produced all over the body inside the skin in glands called sebaceous glands, that are attached to the sides of skin pores. The face, scalp, and upper torso are most likely to experience excess sebum production.1-3 Even though too much sebum is unwanted, it serves several purposes for the skin: It protects the...
  3. Prescription Medications

    Adapalene Azelaic Acid Benzoyl Peroxide Clindamycin Dapsone Erythromycin Isotretinoin (Accutane) Oral Antibiotics Oral Contraceptives (Birth Control Pills) Sodium Sulfacetamide Spironolactone Tazarotene Tretinoin How to Wash Your Face Adapalene What is it: Made under the brand name "Differin," it is a topical retinoid gel which is applied once a day.1-2 It comes in 0.1% and 0.3% strength. Recently, the FDA approved 0.1% strength for sale over-the-counter. Adapalene is similar to the two other approved topical retinoid prescriptions for acne, tazarotene, and tretinoin. (Learn more from the U.S. National Library of Medicine) What...
  4. The Role of Inflammation in the Development of Acne

    The Role of Inflammation in the Development of Acne There are two major theories of acne formation. The newer theory points to inflammation as the main factor in acne development. The more we learn, the more this theory asserts itself. The traditional theory contends that inflammation plays a much less important role. The more we learn, the more outdated this theory becomes. Research in recent years has led to more scientific support for the newer theory, and to the...
  5. Sulfur for Acne

    Topical application of sulfur has been used to treat various skin conditions since the time of Hippocrates (5thcentury BC). Since the 1960s, science has validated its effectiveness in treating acne, particularly when combined with other ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide. Sulfur is used to treat a variety of conditions, including acne, seborrheic dermatitis (scaly patches and red skin, usually on the scalp), rosacea, scabies, and fungal infections. It treats acne by shedding the outer layer of...
  6. What Is a Draining Sinus?

    Formation of a Draining Sinus What Causes Draining Sinuses? Treatment Options for Draining Sinuses Draining sinuses are extra-large acne lesions that develop when multiple acne cysts merge to form one huge, inflammatory lesion. They appear as raised, red, soft bumps around 2-5 centimeters long that occasionally leak pus. They tend to be elongated in shape, whereas single acne cysts are usually are more circular. Draining sinuses most commonly arise on the face, near the nasolabial...
  7. When Will I Grow Out of Acne?

    The Hormones That Cause Acne Decrease with Age The Statistics: How Likely Is Acne Beyond Adolescence? Conclusion The Hormones That Cause Acne Decrease with Age Growing out of acne depends largely on hormones. The main hormones that lead to acne are called androgens. These are produced at higher levels during puberty, which leads to increased production of skin oil, clogged pores, and eventually pimples. When people reach adulthood, androgen levels typically stabilize, and acne becomes less common.1,2...
  8. Acne In-depth: How Dead Skin Cell Accumulation Can Lead to Acne

    The skin renewal process of healthy skin goes awry in acne-prone skin, leading to clogged pores. Here's how: Healthy Skin: In healthy skin, new skin cells (called keratinocytes) are constantly being produced in the deepest layers of the skin. As these skin cells age, they move towards the surface of the skin. Over the course of a couple of weeks, these skin cells will die (then called corneocytes). The corneocytes remain in the skin's pores for...
  9. Can Acne Medications or Treatments Age the Skin?

    Skin Oil (Sebum) and Aging The medical term for skin oil is sebum. Sebum is important when it comes to acne because, generally speaking, more sebum means more acne. This is why some anti-acne medications and procedures aim to permanently reduce sebum production. However, we still don't know whether permanently impairing the skin's ability to produce sebum might prematurely age the skin. Two changes happen naturally to sebum as people age. We can see that isotretinoin, photodynamic therapy,...
  10. What Is Acne?

    Acne is a chronic inflammatory skin disease that starts after the onset of puberty when hormones increase. These hormones initiate to the production of skin oil, which is necessary for acne to form. Acne can occur on any part of the body that has pores, which are tiny hair follicles. All parts of the body except the palms of the hands and soles of the feet have pores. However, we see acne mostly on the face...
  11. Acne Myths

    Myth: Washing or scrubbing your face will clear up acne Truth: Contrary to what you have seen in commercials, pores do not get blocked from the top down due to "impurities." Rather, the walls of a pore stick together inside the skin, starting acne formation.1 Far from preventing acne, frequent washing actually irritates pores, which can cause them to become clogged. A washcloth or any other cleansing device can add even more irritation. The best bet...
  12. Some Leave-in Hair Products May Cause Acne

    Leave-in hair products include pomades, oils, gels, sprays, mousses, conditioners, brilliantines, and jellies that are applied to and left in the hair. These products may contain ingredients that can be irritating or pore-clogging to already sensitive, acne-prone skin. When you apply products to your hair, you can inadvertently get some of the product onto your skin, especially at the hairline. You can also transfer them to other parts of the face if you touch your hair...
  13. Does Makeup Help with Self-esteem When You Have Acne?

    Research shows that having acne can seriously lower a person's self-esteem, in other words, her sense of his own worth and importance.1-3 A paper published in the International Journal of Women's Dermatology in 2017 analyzed 13 studies looking at self-confidence in acne patients. The researchers concluded that acne damages the self-image of people in all age groups, especially in women and people suffering from severe acne. The study authors wrote, "Our research included data from 13 studies...
  14. What Is Acne - An In-depth Look

    The Sebaceous Follicle What Causes a Clogged Pore Early Stages in Clogged Pore Development How Inflammation Is Involved in the Early Stages of Acne Formation of Non-inflammatory Acne Lesions: Microcomedones and Comedones Formation of Inflammatory Acne Lesions: Papules and Pustules Severe Acne This article will take a deep dive into how acne is formed. If you prefer a simpler explanation, see our What Is Acne page. The Sebaceous Follicle Acne formation begins in the pores of the skin,...
  15. Acne Home Remedies

    In an attempt to clear their acne at home, people have used inventive ingredients including lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, honey, egg whites, baking soda, milk of magnesia, calamine lotion, crushed & dissolved aspirin, toothpaste, and countless others. Some people claim that certain home remedies work for them to some degree, and there is some science behind a select few of them. For instance, lemon juice contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which have been proven to...
  16. Acne vs. Rosacea

    Acne vs. Rosacea Causes of Acne and Rosacea Clinical Manifestations of Acne Clinical Manifestations of Rosacea Treatment of Acne and Rosacea Summary Both acne and rosacea are common skin diseases that affect millions of people worldwide. Although they are separate conditions, people sometimes cannot distinguish between them. This misunderstanding occurs for two related reasons: Sometimes the lesions of facial acne and rosacea look similar, for instance, both diseases can come with papules and pustules. Because some lesions...
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