Archive forFebruary, 2006

Types of Acne

There are several different kinds of acne, and it is important to know which kind of acne you are suffering from to choose the appropriate treatment.

This article describes some of the different types.

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Milk Minimization Trial

Harvard School of Public Health is conducting a trial, “to determine whether minimizing the intake of milk and dairy products will reduce the recurrence of acne among people who have been successfully treated for acne with isotretinoin.”

Further details on the trial can be found here.

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No delay in implementing Accutane limits

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are continuing their plans to impose limits on the acne drug Accutane. A drug which has been related to causing birth defects and miscarriages.

Some doctors are opposing the plans citing that they are “cumbersome and take up too much time”.

Further reading.

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Acne treatment for the digital age

Zeno have released a cell-phone like electronic device which can help treat acne. The device applies controlled heat to the affected skin and kills the bacteria.

The device can treat mild acne, but like with all treatments it is recommended to seek medical advice.

Zeno Acne Clearing Device

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No link to diet

Despite many people’s beliefs, many studies have failed to find a link between acne and diet.

Source.

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Acne for Dummies

The popular Dummies series has released a book “Acne for Dummies”.

Acne For Dummies

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Slow release treatement

Benzoyl peroxide has been used in the past to treat acne, but has had problems with having a harsh effect on the skin.

Skin medica have developed a timed release system which is delivered gradually to the skin, thus reducing harshness.

You can read more about the drug here.

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University of Michigan holding laser clinical trials

The University of Michigan is calling for people who have acne and would like to participate in a clinical trial for a new laser treatement.

The purpose of this research project is to study the effect of non-ablative (non-cutting) laser therapy, a technique that uses laser energy to try to improve the appearance of the skin. This type of laser treatment creates changes in a layer of the skin called the dermis without causing an open wound in the skin. The use of non-ablative laser therapy, together with application of a photo-sensitizer (substance that makes the skin more sensitive to light), may improve the appearance of acne.

For more information please click here.

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Stress and Acne

Amy Ritchart writes an interesting article on affects of stress on acne, particularly with adults.

About 85 percent of Americans suffer from acne.

You should wash your face twice a day increasing the amount of times you wash does not help treat acne.

More than 80 percent of people in a recent Stanford University survey believe stress “exacerbates” acne.

Scientific research shows no connection between diet and acne, though many people continue to believe poor diet contributes to breakouts.

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Adult acne

Teenagers are not the only ones who suffer from acne, but also increasingly adults.

Bernadette Sedillos reports.

“I had a flare-up and used Proactiv for a few months, and my face cleared up,” said Samantha Richards, 36, of Northeast El Paso. “Now I just use Neutrogena soap and buy makeup products without oil. I do pretty good.”

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