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Many patients requires a combination of products to improve their acne skin condition. Some of these acne fighting products are available over the counter, many require a health care provider's direction and prescription. If your acne does not improve with over the counter remedies, please do not hesitate to discuss your acne with your medical care specialist. While acne may not be a 'curable' skin condition, there are many medications which successfully fight acne to minimize scarring and discomfort.
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New Feature: Acne Research to help you Fight Acne!
Reference: Collier CN et al.
"The prevalence of acne in adults 20 years and older."
J Am Acad Dermatol.Nov. 2007
This month's feature article discusses research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology regarding the persistence of acne into adulthood. The article confirms what many patients know and report to their Dermatologists: Acne does not necessarily go away after the teenage years.
The authors discuss that while up to 85% of teenagers experience acne to some degree, most expect the acne to resolve with time. While acne does abate for many patients, a surprising number of adults report new or persistent acne for decades. Women report more adult acne than men, and this increased frequency in adult acne in women compared with men, becomes more pronounced with age. It is not uncommon for some women to remark that they have to 'fight acne and wrinkles at the same time'!
Why women need to continue to fight acne after the teenage years is unknown. Monthly hormonal fluctuations may account for some of the acne flares. Stress has also been blamed for at least some aggravation of acne. Some women may have a serious hormonal irregularity that results in facial or back acne, scalp hair loss, increased facial hair, irregular menstrual cycles and a difficulty in conception. Individuals with adult acne should discuss their personal health situation with their medical provider before embarking on a treatment plan to fight acne.
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Don't scrub your face other acne-prone areas. Abrasives, gritty soaps and harsh wash clothes can rupture the swollen oil glands and cause more problems by releasing the oil and bacteria under the skin.
Instead, treat your acne areas gently, washing with a mild soap or cleanser, and pat your skin to dry. For a pimple that is coming to head, use a lukewarm water compress, but try not to squeeze, push or pop the pimple.