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Health Tip: Help Prevent Acne Scars

Posted 1 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

-- Proper skin care can minimize acne and help prevent scarring. The Womenshealth.gov website offers these suggestions: Wash skin carefully twice per day, and after heavy sweating. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser, from the hairline to below the jawline. Rinse thoroughly and avoid harsh scrubbing. Wash your hair daily, and more frequently if your hair is oily. Never pick or squeeze acne blemishes, which can lead to scarring. Take care to prevent sunburn. Some acne medications can make your skin more vulnerable to sunburn. Look for more acne-friendly (non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic) skin and hair care products. Avoid sports equipment, backpacks and other items that rub against skin. Read more

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Aqua Pharmaceuticals Announces FDA Approval of Acticlate (doxycycline hyclate USP) Tablets

Posted 28 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

West Chester, Pa. — July 28, 2014 West Chester-based Aqua Pharmaceuticals, an Almirall company, today announces the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the NDA for Acticlate (doxycycline hyclate USP) Tablets, 150 mg and 75 mg, thereby continuing Aqua’s leadership in medical dermatology and oral antibiotics for acne. Acticlate is a tetracycline-class antibacterial indicated for the treatment of a number of infections, including adjunctive therapy in severe acne. Acticlate will be entering the dermatology-focused, branded oral antibiotic market, which, according to IMS, is currently valued at $798 million. Acticlate 150 mg tablets have two functional scores, providing several dosing options to physicians and patients. The Acticlate film-coated, round 75 mg tablets and oval-shaped, dual-scored 150 mg tablets are designed to be small and easy to swallow. Utilization of the la ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Over-The-Counter Topical Acne Products: Drug Safety Communication - Rare But Serious Hypersensitivity Reactions

Posted 25 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

Sold under various brand names such as Proactiv, Neutrogena, MaxClarity, Oxy, Ambi, Aveeno, Clean & Clear, and as store brands. [Posted 06/25/2014] ISSUE: FDA is warning that certain over-the-counter (OTC) topical acne products can cause rare but serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reactions or severe irritation. Consumers should stop using their topical acne product and seek emergency medical attention immediately if they experience hypersensitivity reactions such as throat tightness; difficulty breathing; feeling faint; or swelling of the eyes, face, lips, or tongue. Consumers should also stop using the product if they develop hives or itching. The hypersensitivity reactions may occur within minutes to a day or longer after product use.   These serious hypersensitivity reactions differ from the local skin irritation that may occur at the product application site, such a ... Read more

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Some Acne Products Can Trigger Severe Allergic Reactions: FDA

Posted 25 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 – Some popular over-the-counter acne treatments can cause severe irritation or even potentially life-threatening allergic reactions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. The products contain the active ingredients benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid and are applied to the skin. They are available as gels, lotions, face washes, solutions, cleansing pads, toners and face scrubs, the FDA said. The products are marketed under brand names such as Proactiv, Neutrogena, MaxClarity, Oxy, Ambi, Aveeno, and Clean & Clear, the agency said. The serious allergic reactions caused by these products differ from the less harmful potential problems – such as dryness, itching, burning, peeling, redness and slight swelling – already listed on the products' labels. "There is currently no mention of the possibility of these very severe allergic reactions on the ... Read more

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New Approaches to Acne Treatment

Posted 9 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 9, 2014 – No cure exists for acne yet, but new treatments make this common scourge of adolescence easier to manage, dermatologists say. "Things are so much better today because there are so many more options for treating acne," said Dr. Sarah Taylor, a dermatologist at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. "The prescription world has really changed in the past 10 years or so. We're much better equipped to deal with all different types of acne," Taylor said in a medical center news release. Every skin pore contains a gland that produces oil, known as sebum. When these glands produce too much oil, the pore can become blocked. Meanwhile, dirt, bacteria and dead skin cells can build up inside. This causes whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and other lesions to form on the skin. Anyone can develop acne – men and women, and people of all races. Although it's ... Read more

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Health Tip: Caring for Acne-Prone Skin

Posted 29 May 2014 by Drugs.com

-- Skin that's prone to acne needs special care to help keep it smooth and clear. The Cleveland Clinic offers these suggestions: Wash your face with a cleanser designed for people with acne. Look for cleansers that include salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Wash your face gently, avoiding pressure that may aggravate acne. Never pick at acne or scrub skin vigorously. Use a light, non-comedogenic moisturizer. Choose an oil-free foundation if you wear makeup. Read more

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Health Tip: Avoiding Acne Triggers

Posted 18 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

-- Acne can strike people of any age for different reasons, but there are several factors that can worsen or trigger breakouts. The American Academy of Family Physicians notes these possibilities: Using products with an oil base, such as cosmetics, hair products and suntan oil. Being under emotional stress. Undergoing changes in your hormones, particularly during menstruation. Picking at or squeezing pimples on your skin. Scrubbing your skin too vigorously. Read more

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Pediatricians Endorse New Acne Treatment Guidelines

Posted 6 May 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 6 – Pimples have long been the bane of teenage existence, but pediatricians say there is now enough evidence on effective treatments to put out the first guidelines on battling acne in children. There is a range of medications that can clear up even severe cases of acne, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Writing in the May issue of its journal Pediatrics, the group throws its support behind new guidelines from the American Acne and Rosacea Society that detail how to treat acne in children and teens of all ages. That "all ages" part is important because acne is becoming more and more common in pre-teens, too, said Dr. Lawrence Eichenfield, the lead author of the AAP report. One study of 9- and 10-year-old girls found that more than three-quarters had pimples. It's thought that it may be because boys and girls are, on average, starting puberty earlier ... Read more

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With Acne, Bacteria Strain on Your Skin May Be Culprit

Posted 28 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 28 – Your odds of having acne may depend on whether the "good" strain of a particular type of bacteria lives on your skin, a new study suggests. "People never think of wanting to have good bacteria on their skin," said lead author Huiying Li, an assistant professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at the University of California, Los Angeles. "But some of them you should love." It's the presence of acne-defeating bacteria that allows people without acne to live relatively pimple-free, she explained. Li and her team studied the bacterial strains on people's faces using genomic analysis of microbial DNA. They discovered that the bacteria responsible for acne – called Propionibacterium acnes or P. acnes – are more complex than previously understood. When studied at the genomic level, bacteria with the same name were actually representative of three different strains. ... Read more

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Epiduo Gel Becomes First Topical Prescription Acne Treatment Available For Children As Young As 9 Years Old

Posted 25 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Galderma Laboratories, L.P. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Epiduo (adapalene 0.1%/BPO 2.5%) Gel to treat acne in children as young as 9 years old based on the results of a recent clinical study in pediatric patients. Epiduo® Gel had been previously approved for patients 12 years of age and older. "Pediatricians and dermatologists are seeing a steady increase in children reaching puberty at an earlier age and, consequently, many children are dealing with acne sooner than traditionally observed," said Dr. Lawrence Eichenfield, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology at Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego and at the University of California, San Diego. "Given the nature of acne, and its direct relationship to puberty and hormones, the focus of acne treatment has been on teenagers, leaving ... Read more

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Study Finds No Tie Between Acne Drug Accutane and Crohn's, Colitis

Posted 20 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 – A new study counters the notion that the prescription acne drug Accutane raises the risk of Crohn's disease or colitis in women. The study of more than 45,000 women found no such link between Accutane (isotretinoin) use and these illnesses, which are collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). One expert not connected to the study called it a "welcome review." "There has been a lot of speculation and even litigation that Accutane causes inflammatory bowel disease," said Dr. Michele Green, a dermatologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Dermatologists have been discouraged from using Accutane and the makers of Accutane have discontinued their production due to countless lawsuits," she noted, but "this study once again highlights the safety of Accutane." Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are the most common forms of IBD, a group of ... Read more

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A Virus That Zaps Zits?

Posted 25 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 25 – A virus to zap zits? California researchers report in the Sept. 25 online edition of the journal mBio that they have taken a step in that direction, with the discovery that a harmless virus that lives on your skin seeks out and destroys the bacteria that can cause acne. Harnessing this virus, or even just a part of it, might one day lead to a treatment that will replace current treatments, many of which have potentially serious side effects. Although the results are preliminary, the concept has potential, said Dr. Michele Green, a dermatologist with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "There are really limited . . . treatments we've had in the past and if some new drugs could be formulated that don't wipe out some of the immune system, that are more targeted, it could be really exciting," noted Green, who was not involved with the new study. "Half of what people ... Read more

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Skin Doctor Offers Tips to Reduce Acne

Posted 16 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Sept. 15 – People with acne who scrub their skin or use abrasive skin care products can actually aggravate their condition, an expert warns. Opting for a gentle cleanser is just one of several simple changes acne sufferers can make to improve their complexion, noted Dr. Amanda Friedrichs, a dermatologist in private practice in Sycamore, Ill. "It's very common for patients with acne to scrub their skin and to use harsh products, yet doing so often makes acne worse," Friedrichs said in a news release from the American Academy of Dermatology. "In order for acne to improve, people with acne must be gentle when touching their skin and use gentle products, such as those that are alcohol-free." Friedrichs also suggested other tips for healthy skin, including: Wash your face twice a day and immediately after sweating. Avoid astringents, toners and exfoliants, which can irritate the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Factors That Can Worsen Acne

Posted 14 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

-- Doctors don't know precisely what causes acne, but experts do know what can make it worse. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases offers this list of examples: Hormonal changes related to menstruation. Exposure to oil or grease in the work environment. Exposure to oil in skin products. Pressure on the skin from tightly-fitting helmets or sports equipment. Irritants found in the environment, such as high humidity or air pollution levels. Picking at or squeezing blemishes on the skin or scrubbing the skin too vigorously. Being under emotional stress. Read more

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Acne Medication May Raise Risk of Eye Infections

Posted 31 May 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 31 – Teens who take the acne medication commonly known as Accutane (isotretinoin) appear to face twice the risk of eye infections, including conjunctivitis (pink eye) and styes, a new study says. Researchers in Israel collected data on nearly 15,000 teens and young adults taking isotretinoin to treat acne and compared their rates of eye infections to an age- and gender-matched group that had acne but was not taking the drugs and to a third group that didn't take the drugs and didn't have acne. Isotretinoin is also sold under the brand names Roaccutane, Amnesteem, Claravis, Myorisan and Sotret. Within a year of starting the medication, nearly 14 percent of those in the acne medication group developed an eye infection or dry eyes, compared with almost 10 percent in the group that had acne but did not take the medications and about 7 percent in the group that didn't have ... Read more

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