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Acne

Acne is one of the most common of all skin problems. Almost everyone will experience pimples or blackheads at some point in life. Acne affects millions of teenagers to some degree and even many adults, especially women.

It's not your fault!
It is caused by several factors - genetics, hormones, bacteria, inflammation, and an overabundance of skin oils - all of which are beyond your control. But you CAN take steps to control your acne.

Acne Myths
Myth #1: Acne is caused by poor hygiene. If you believe this myth, and wash your skin hard and frequently, you can actually make your acne worse. Acne is not caused by dirt or surface skin oils. Although excess oils, dead skin and a day's accumulation of dust on the skin looks unsightly, they should not be removed by hand scrubbing. Vigorous washing and scrubbing will actually irritate the skin and make acne worse. The best approach to hygiene and acne: Gently wash your face twice a day with a mild soap, pat dry--and use an appropriate acne treatment for the acne.
Myth #2: Acne is caused by diet.
Extensive scientific studies have not found a connection between diet and acne. In other words, food does not cause acne. Not chocolate. Not french fries. Not pizza. Nonetheless, some people insist that certain foods affect their acne. In that case, avoid those foods. Besides, eating a balanced diet always makes sense. However, according to the scientific evidence, if acne is being treated properly, there's no need to worry about food affecting the acne.
Myth #3: Acne is just a cosmetic disease.
Yes, acne does affect the way people look and is not otherwise a serious threat to a person’s physical health. However, acne can result in permanent physical scars--plus, acne itself as well as its scars can affect the way people feel about themselves to the point of affecting their lives.
Myth #4: You just have to let acne run its course. The truth is, acne can be cleared up. If the acne products you have tried haven’t worked, consider seeing a dermatologist. With the products available today, there is no reason why someone has to endure acne or get acne scars.

We now have many ways to eliminate acne and help restore your skin.

Non Prescription Treatments:
Benzoyl Peroxide - Can be very effective in treating mild cases of non-inflammatory acne. It's also safe for children as well as adults, and may be combined with other topical or oral treatments. Benzoyl Peroxide cleans out the bacteria that can block pores. It is available over the counter in gels, creams, lotions, and cleansers. Concentrations range from 2.5% to 10%. Side effects are mild, the most common being dryness of the skin.

Salicylic Acid - Is a mild acid that encourages the peeling of the top layer of skin and the opening of pores. Like benzoyl peroxide, it can be found in many over the counter products with concentrations ranging from 0.5% to 2%. Side effects are also mild, and if skin becomes too dry consider a lower concentration and compare your skin care products for similar cleansing agents that could be causing excessive dryness.

Zeno - Is a handheld, portable electronic medical device that is clinically proven to make pimples disappear fast. It applies a precisely controlled heat dose directly to the pimple through a metal pad. The heat causes the bacteria to self-destruct, and when the bacteria dies, the pimple goes away. Zeno does not replace good skin hygiene or a doctor's care. It is designed to treat mild to moderate acne. Other therapies, depending on the severity of your acne, may be recommended by your dermotologist.

Dermatologist Services:
PhotoDynamic Therapy (PDT) - Is a treatment performed with a topical photosensitizing agent called Levulan that is applied to your skin and then activated with the correct wavelength of light. PDT has a unique ability to minimize pores and reduce oil glands - effectively treating stubborn acne, Rosacea, and improving the appearance of some acne scars.

BLU-U (blue light acne treatment) - Uses a very special blue light that can kill the p. acnes bacteria in your skin. Treatments are simple - you simply sith with your face close to the light for a short time at a schedule set up by your doctor, usually a 15-minute session about once or twice per week. The treatments may go on for five weeks or so. It's very safe, it's not hot, it's not painful at all. After some weeks, the blue light can control your acne, or clear it up for a very long period.

 

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