Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is a growing concern. Many strains of bacteria that were once responsive to common antibiotics are rapidly becoming resistant. And it just so happens that the root cause of acne is often a bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes and unfortunately it appears to be evolving and becoming resistant to antibiotics.
Laser treatments are popular in treating many skin conditions. Yet, the traditional ablative laser technology has many problems. These lasers can easily damage the uppermost layer of skin called the epidermis. It’s also very difficult to control the depth to which these lasers penetrate the skin. But the modern fractional technology overcomes these disadvantages of […]
The connection between acne breakouts or flare-ups and vaping (smoking using an electronic cigarette) is just not clear. Some say their acne went away completely after they started vaping while still others say they got acne even though they had never had it before. The only clear answer is that smoking does affect and worsen […]
Acne vulgaris, a common skin disorder, was proven to cause significant psychological and psychosocial repercussions in 1955. Since these findings, measures have been taken to curb and prevent those effects. These measures have been successful to some degree, but the effects that acne has on a person’s mental health are much deeper than originally thought. […]
Everybody knows that teens get acne. Nearly everyone now an adult remembers getting blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and other kinds of zits as a teenager. But there is a disturbing recent trend of acne in children as young as 7 up to the age of 12. Dermatologist Latanya Benjamin of the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at […]
Artecoll is a filler for acne scars that has been available in Europe for about a decade and available in Canada and Mexico almost as long. It has become relatively inexpensive, just about US $300 per treatment at clinics conveniently located at the US border in Canada, and as little as US $100 per treatment […]
Since 1984, oral isotretinoin, the medication that is still known as Accutane but that has been labeled as Roaccutane since 2009, has been one of the most commonly prescribed medications for severe acne that forms nodules and cysts. Basically a super-charged version of vitamin A, Accutane causes the skin to grow so rapidly that it […]
We’re just getting the forum for this site set up, but our writer Robert Rister has been getting reader questions about acne for over a decade. Here are some classic questions that get asked over and over again.
People who pop pimples often are punished by an even more disfiguring skin condition called impetigo. Entering the skin through tiny scratches, nicks, and tears, impetigo can spread all over the body and cause temporary disfigurement that’s a lot worse than acne. Scars and permanent disfigurement from impetigo, fortunately, are rare.
Xerosis (pronounced zee-roe-sis) is a chronic condition of dry skin. It’s more common in the elderly than it is in other age groups. One of the odd symptoms of xerosis is the development of acne. Even if you didn’t get whiteheads and blackheads at the age of 17, you just might at 47 or 57 […]
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