Acne

Sick and Tired of Living with Acne?

Acne is the term for plugged pores, or blackheads and whiteheads, pimples and deeper lumps called cysts or nodules. This common skin condition occurs when bacteria break down the oils in the skin. Irritating substances are produced that activate the body’s immune system to produce inflammation and redness.

Acne mainly affects teenagers, but it often occurs in adults aged 20, 30 and even 40 or older. Acne can be upsetting and disfiguring. Severe cases can lead to scarring as can less severe cases.

Fortunately, virtually every case of acne can be resolved.

At Life Science Medical, many treatments are available that are very effective at clearing up acne. Prescription topical antibiotics, oral prescriptions and hormonal therapy are all available options.  Your Life Science Medical professional will discuss which treatment(s) is best for you.

Factors that can promote an acne flare include:

  • Changing hormone levels in adolescents and adult women
  • Oil from skin care products (moisturizers or cosmetics) or grease encountered in the work environment
  • Friction and pressure from sports helmets or equipment, backpacks, tight collars, or tight sports uniforms
  • Squeezing or picking at blemishes
  • Hard scrubbing of the skin
  • Stress. (e.g. Less sleep, anxiety, schooling, tests, relationships etc)

How Is Acne Treated?

At Life Science Medical we offer various treatments (depending on the severity of the acne). For mild acne, we might recommend an over-the-counter prescription or topical medication applied directly to the affected areas. These areas can be small or they can cover large areas of a person’s skin. The most common ones include:

  • Benzoyl Peroxide – Helps lessen P. acnes, which can reduce oil production
  • Resorcinol or Sulfur – Can help reduce blackheads and whiteheads
  • Salicylic Acid – Reduces blackheads and whiteheads and helps cut down on the shedding of cells lining the hair follicles

 

Several types of prescription topical medicines are used to treat acne:

  • Antibiotics – Slow or stop the growth of bacteria and reduce inflammation (and may reduce the formation of comedones).
  • Vitamin A derivatives (retinoids) – These vitamins are typically used to unclog existing comedones (plural of comedo) to allow other topical medications to enter the follicles
  • Others – Included are Benzoyl Peroxide prescription strength along with any product containing sodium sulfacetamide/sulfur, Azelaic acid (Azelex), topical dapsone, and topical antibiotics including erythromycin, clindanycin and dapsone – which has additional properties.

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