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  1. How Often Should an Acne-prone Person Wash Their Towel?

    Can Bacteria from Towels Make Acne Worse? Can Oil or Makeup from Towels Make Acne Worse? The Real Danger of Towels: Rubbing the Skin with Towels Can Physically Damage the Skin and Make Acne Worse Towels May Spread Infections Unrelated to Acne Some Towel Materials Pick up More Microbes than Others In Summary Can Bacteria from Towels Make Acne Worse? Towels are often damp, and are stored in relatively warm bathroom environments, which is an ideal...
  2. Regional Variations in Density of Cutaneous Propionibacteria: Correlation of Propionibacterium acnes Populations with Sebaceous Secretion The correlation of P. acnes with glycerides and with products of glyceride hydrolysis suggests that glycerol or fatty acids may be important substrates for P. acnes. Source: http://europepmc.org/backend/ptpmcrender.fcgi?accid=PMC273669&blobtype=pdf
  3. How Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) Help with Acne

    Introduction to BHAs Types of BHAs Used to Treat Acne How Salicylic Acid Works to Clear Acne Salicylic Acid Treatments for Acne Characteristics That Affect the Strength of a BHA Product Side Effects of Salicylic Acid Efficacy of Salicylic Acid Introduction to BHAs Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) are a group of acids used to treat skin diseases like acne, ichthyosis, keratosis, warts, psoriasis, and sun-damaged skin. Of the several types of BHAs, salicylic acid is by...
  4. Do Different Strains of Acne Bacteria Affect Acne Differently?

    Clogged pores form through the accumulation of skin cells and sebum (skin oil) that clog a hair follicle (pore). If the contents of the follicle are unable to escape the clog, they continue to build up until the follicular wall ruptures. This rupture causes inflammation that forms inflammatory acne, i.e., papules and pustules - the red, inflamed lesions people refer to as "pimples" or "zits." Many factors, including overproduction of sebum, skin cell overgrowth, hormones,...
  5. How Lactic Acid Helps with Acne

    Introduction to Lactic Acid How Lactic Acid Works to Clear Acne Lactic Acid Treatments for Acne Characteristics That Affect the Strength of a Lactic Acid Product Lactic Acid Side Effects Efficacy of Lactic Acid on Acne Introduction to Lactic Acid Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). Alpha hydroxy acids are a group of acids used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne, ichthyosis, keratosis, warts, psoriasis, and sun-damaged skin. Lactic acid is...
  6. How Does Jessner's Solution Help Clear Acne?

    Introduction to Jessner's Solution How Jessner's Solution Works to Clear Acne Jessner's Solution Treatment Side Effects of Jessner's Solution Efficacy of Jessner's Solution on Acne Summary Introduction to Jessner's Solution There are several types of chemical peels used to treat acne, and these peels normally contain one acid. Jessner's solution is a different type of chemical peel, made with a combination of ingredients. The components of Jessner's solution are: Salicylic acid (14%): Salicylic acid is a...
  7. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) vs. Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs)

    Introduction to AHA and BHA Differences Between AHA and BHA Similarities Between AHAs and BHAs Side Effects of AHAs and BHAs Comparing the Effectiveness of AHAs and BHAs Introduction to AHA and BHA Hydroxy acids are a group of acids used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne. There are two main classes of hydroxy acids: Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) The main AHA used to treat acne is glycolic acid, while...
  8. The Role of Bacteria in Acne

    Acne is a complex disease with many contributing factors, and the scientific community still does not understand its underlying causes. Researchers believe that a sequence of steps, including inflammation, excess production of sebum (skin oil), overgrowth of skin cells, and bacterial colonization all play a role in acne development. However, the order in which these steps occur, and the relationship between them, still is unclear and is a subject of scientific debate. Recently researchers have...
  9. How Glycolic Acid Helps with Acne

    Introduction to Glycolic Acid How Glycolic Acid Works to Clear Acne Glycolic Acid Treatments for Acne Characteristics that Affect the Strength of a Glycolic Acid Product Glycolic Acid Side Effects According to the FDA: Glycolic Acid Does Not Cause Cancer Efficacy of Glycolic Acid on Acne Introduction to Glycolic Acid Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), which is a type of acid used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne, ichthyosis, keratosis,...
  10. How Mandelic Acid Helps with Acne

    Introduction to Mandelic Acid How Mandelic Acid Works to Clear Acne Mandelic Acid Side Effects Efficacy of Mandelic Acid Introduction to Mandelic Acid Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), an acid that can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne. Mandelic acid is a less common acne treatment. However, it is often found in skin care products because it has anti-bacterial properties and can help restore proper skin pigmentation. Scientists have...
  11. 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...
  12. How Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) Help with Acne

    Introduction to AHAs Types of AHA Used to Treat Acne How AHAs Work to Clear Acne AHA Treatments for Acne Characteristics That Affect the Strength of an AHA Product Side Effects of AHAs According to the FDA: AHAs Do Not Cause Cancer Efficacy of Alpha Hydroxy Acid on Acne Introduction to AHAs Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are a group of acids used to treat skin diseases like acne, ichthyosis, keratosis, warts, psoriasis, and sun-damaged skin....
  13. Does Lemon Juice Clear Acne?

    Numerous online anecdotal reports suggest that lemon juice helps reduce acne, while others report no acne-clearing benefit. Scientists have not performed any studies investigating the effect of lemon juice on acne, but studies on how individual chemicals present in lemon juice suppress the factors involved in acne help shine some light on the subject and point toward the possibility that lemon juice, and oils in lemon peels might help to some degree. Chemical Composition of Lemons Lemons...
  14. What Is Acne Conglobata?

    Definition Incidence Causes Symptoms Treatment Side Effects Summary Definition Acne conglobata, a rare, severe form of acne that normally affects 18 - 30-year-old males, is very difficult to treat, and often leaves massive, disfiguring scars.1,2 This form of acne falls under the umbrella term nodulocystic acne, which is used to refer to any type of acne that features, but is not necessarily limited to, large, red, painful acne lesions called nodules and/or cysts. Acne conglobata also...
  15. What Medications Can Cause Acne?

    Regular Acne Is Different from Drug-induced Acne Regular Acne and Drug-induced Acne Require Different Treatments Medications That Can Definitely Cause Acne Medications That May Cause Acne Medications That Might Cause Acne The Bottom Line Based on the amount of research that links particular medications to acne, we can place potentially acne-causing medications into three categories. Medications that can definitely cause acne: We have a large amount of evidence linking these medications to acne Medications that may cause...
  16. Skin Surface Glycerol Levels in Acne Vulgaris Free glycerol would be expected from biochemical considerations to be an end product of lipolysis of sebum triglycerides. Glycerol was measured in skin surface washings of acne vulgaris patients, in acne vulgaris patients treated for at least 3 mo with oral tetracycline and in control subjects. Surface glycerol in untreated acne subjects was significantly less than that expected theoretically, whereas the amounts of such glycerol in treated acne pa
  17. Oral Vitamin D: How Much Is Too Much?

    Vitamin D and Acne Where Do We Get Vitamin D? How Much Vitamin D Should We Have in the Blood? In Summary Vitamin D and Acne Vitamin D is an important nutrient that helps our bodies fight infections and reduce inflammation (the redness, swelling, and pain that result from infections and diseases). In addition, vitamin D plays a crucial role in wound healing.1,2 Both inflammation and wound healing are important parts of acne. Inflammation is one of...
  18. How Lipohydroxy Acid Helps with Acne

    Introduction to Lipohydroxy Acid How Lipohydroxy Acid Works to Clear Acne Lipohydroxy Acid Treatments for Acne Side Effects of Lipohydroxy Acid Efficacy of Lipohydroxy Acid Summary Introduction to Lipohydroxy Acid Lipohydroxy acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA), which is a type of acid used to treat a variety of skin diseases, including acne. Scientists created lipohydroxy acid in the 1980s as a way to improve upon salicylic acid. To create lipohydroxy acid, the scientists added...
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