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Health Tip: Avoiding Acne Triggers

Posted 18 Mar 2014 by

-- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-- 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

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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Stiefel Receives US FDA Approval of Fabior Foam, 0.1%

Posted 14 May 2012 by

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., May 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Stiefel, a GSK (NYSE: GSK) company, today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration has approved the New Drug Application for Fabior (tazarotene) Foam, 0.1%. It is the only retinoid in a topical foam formulation for the treatment of acne vulgaris in patients 12 years of age and older. "Stiefel is dedicated to meeting the needs of patients and dermatologists and we believe Fabior Foam will be an important treatment option for people with moderate-to-severe acne," said Jean-Christophe May, Vice President, North America Dermatology. The approval of tazarotene foam was based on two multi-center, randomized, double-blind, vehicle-controlled pivotal Phase 3 studies conducted in the US and Canada. More information about the clinical trial results can be found in the Full US Prescribing Information at ... Read more

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Overweight Teen Girls May Have Higher Acne Risk

Posted 16 Jan 2012 by

MONDAY, Jan. 16 – Teenage girls who are overweight or obese are significantly more likely to develop acne than their normal-weight peers, a new Norwegian survey suggests. Researchers looked at whether weight, and more specifically body mass index (BMI, a ratio of weight to height), had any bearing on the onset of the common skin condition among teens. Teens' responses to questionnaires focusing on acne history and weight suggested an association among girls but not boys. The reasons behind the link aren't clear, one expert said. Overweight girls "may perceive their acne as being worse than it actually is, possibly due to self-image issues," said Dr. Robert Kirsner, a professor and vice chairman in the department of dermatology and cutaneous surgery at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine. On the other hand, biology could play a role, said Kirsner, who was not involved ... Read more

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Acne Antibiotics Not Linked to Drug Resistance

Posted 11 Apr 2011 by

MONDAY, April 11 – Long-term use of antibiotics to treat acne doesn't seem to spur bacteria into becoming resistant to the medications, a new study finds. The finding came as a bit of a surprise, since widespread use of antibiotics has been credited with encouraging antibiotic resistance in bacteria generally. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine assessed the prevalence of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria on 83 patients treated for acne. Some of the patients were using antibiotics while others were not using the drugs. "While S. aureus colonizes the skin, it can also be responsible for localized cutaneous [skin] infections and life-threatening systemic infections," the study authors wrote in a journal news release. "At one time, it was sensitive to many antibiotics and antimicrobial agents," they said. "However, because of its ability to adapt to these ... Read more

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Severe Acne May Up Suicide Risk: Study

Posted 11 Nov 2010 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 11 – Severe acne may significantly increase suicide risk, and patients taking isotretinoin (Accutane) for the skin condition should be monitored for at least a year after treatment ends, Swedish researchers report. "Treatment with Accutane actually entails an increased risk of suicide attempts," said lead researcher Anders Sundstrom, a pharmacoepidemiologist at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. However, depression caused by the acne, rather than the drug itself, is probably the culprit, he said. The risk of suicide is very small, Sundstrom stressed. There could be one suicide attempt among 2,300 people taking Accutane, and that assumes that the drug caused the suicide attempt, he said. For the study, published online Nov. 12 in BMJ, Sundstrom's team collected data on 5,756 people treated for severe acne with Accutane from 1980 to 1989. The average age of the men was ... Read more

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Severe Acne May Increase Suicidal Thoughts in Teens

Posted 16 Sep 2010 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 16 – Increased risk of depression and suicidal thoughts among teens with severe acne may be related to the acne itself, and not acne medications, the results of a new study suggest. Previous research has suggested a link between some acne drugs and increased risk of mental health problems and suicide in teens, but this association has not be confirmed in controlled studies. In the new study, Dr. Jon Anders Halvorsen, of the University of Oslo, and colleagues analyzed surveys completed by 3,775 Norwegian teens aged 18 to 19 years. Those with severe acne reported having suicidal thoughts more often than those with less acne. Three times as many boys and two times as many girls with severe acne reported suicidal thoughts compared to those with little or no acne, the investigators found. Social problems were also more common in participants with substantial acne, the study ... Read more

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Acne Patients Happy With Online Follow-Up Care

Posted 20 Apr 2010 by

TUESDAY, April 20 – Patients with acne who had online follow-up visits with their dermatologist had the same outcomes as patients who had in-office visits, a new study finds. The study included 121 patients who were randomly assigned to have four electronic follow-up visits or four in-office visits. Every six weeks, the patients in the "e-visit" group were prompted to send digital images of their skin and an update via a secure Web site to their dermatologist, who responded with advice and electronic prescriptions. The decrease in the number of inflammatory acne lesions was 6.67 percent for the e-visit patients and 9.39 percent for the in-office patients. Patients and dermatologists in both groups reported similar levels of satisfaction with their care. The amount of time dermatologists spent per patient was 4 minutes, 8 seconds for the e-visit group and 4 minutes, 42 seconds for the ... Read more

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