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|Posted: Wed Mar 29, 2006 10:45 pm Post subject: Acne is treatable!
|Acne is skin condition and more than 80% of adolescents or older persons of both sex suffer from it. Mostly acne develop in puberty when under influence of androgen hormones, sebaceous glands start to work. Seborrhea- oily skin is pre-condition for acne development. Acne occur most often on face (central facial parts as forehead, nose, chin), neck, back and décolleté area. Luckily, there is cure for acne!
Dermatologist, who is a specialist for skin and skin conditions, is responsible for skin checkup and treating acne. There are many therapeutic resources available for acne treatment, which of course depends on medical picture of acne, skin changes, length of disease, and considering possible side-effects of medications.
Acne therapy is best applied in winter time, because sun might cause pigmentation. Treatment often takes several months, combined with therapy of maintenance, which might last several years! Acne treatment takes stubbornness and patience.
What consequences will acne leave on one’s skin depends mostly on genetic predisposition, as well from the fact whether this person underwent acne treatment. Do not listen to people saying ‘everybody has acne in this age’?! Do not wait acne to revoke by them self. Acne do need treatment as well as any other disease. If you start earlier, you will be treated sooner and possible consequences like scarring could be less expressed or even avoid.
When dealing with cystic acne (are deep and mostly very painful), as well as with acne vulgaris (caused by the clogging of tiny hair follicles on the face and body; might also be painful), because later didn’t react well to other treatments, adaption of retinoid- capsula isotretinoin is recommended. Isotretinoin is not a hormone or antibiotic, but is derivate of vitamin A. This medicine significantly decreases hair and skin greasiness and after few weeks brings to dissolving painful blotches. Though isotretinoin is not antibiotic, it influences on decreasing bacteria and thus infections which are causing acne. Treatment with isotretinoin takes 4-6 months and must be under supervision of dermatologist. Isotretinoin is a medicine for worst acne cases. On the other hand, milder acne can also be treated with Isotretinoin, if they didn’t respond to monthly therapies with antibiotics, since they quickly recidivate and are prone to scarring which inducts psychical and social unbalance.
During treatment of severe acne dryness on lips and skin on face can occur, as well as redness of face. Unwanted effects can be prevented with use of proper hydrating creams. Isotretinoin, for example cannot be used during pregnancy, because it can cause child deformity. Women on Isotretinoin treatment should use contraception during therapy and one month after it’s over. Isotretinoin can be used in people with high level of fat in blood.
After treatment s over, it is necessary to apply, so called maintaining therapy. Best results are achieved with long term use of local retionids in form of creams or gels, since they prevent forming new blotches.
Basic rules during treatment
It is really important to choose proper hydrating creams and makeup.
Nutrition doesn’t cause acne! These are only myths! Chocolate, candies, nuts and juices and other food that supposedly causes acne, it doesn’t!
With therapy available there is no need for scars. However, if scars form anyway, because of improper treatment or similar, scars are treated when acne condition calms down. Dermatologists usually do chemical peeling, while derm-surgeon does dermabrasion.
Dermatologist is often psychotherapist to her/ his patient. Acne do influence quality of life, at least this is the case with most people- people react to acne very emotionally. Acne often induces anxiousness, depressive conditions, mood swings, madness, withdrawal from social life… Effective acne treatment and visible improvement effects psyche very positively. People return self confidence and dramatically improve life styles.