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Health Tip: Recognize a Bad Reaction to Acne Medication

Posted 26 Feb 2018 by

-- Using certain acne products that contain the active ingredients benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can cause rare but serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reactions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. The ingredients also may cause additional side effects, including burning, dryness, itching, peeling, redness, and slight swelling where the product is applied, the agency ...

Pain of Acne More Than Skin Deep

Posted 9 Feb 2018 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 – Acne can be emotionally devastating at any age, and new research suggests it could even throw you into a deep depression. "Our research has shown that patients with acne have a 63 percent increased risk of developing major depressive disorder in their first year following an acne diagnosis, compared to patients without acne," said study author Isabelle Vallerand. "We also ...

How to Take Action Against Acne

Posted 26 Jan 2018 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 – Waiting for acne to clear up on its own can be frustrating, especially for teens who are already self-conscious about their appearance. Untreated acne can cause low self-esteem and anxiety as well as permanent facial scars. Ignoring it or assuming kids will outgrow it can harm them physically and emotionally. Acne can also continue into the adult years, and be especially ...

Health Tip: Can't Clear Your Acne?

Posted 2 Aug 2017 by

-- If you're having little success in clearing your acne, experts say you shouldn't give up hope. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests: If you're trying a new treatment, give it time to work before you try something else. You should see some improvement in four-to-six weeks. Always follow the instructions on any medication or skin care product. Don't scrub or pick at your skin. Avoid ...

Study Highlights the Beauty Industry's Ugly Side

Posted 26 Jun 2017 by

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 – When you purchase a new eye shadow or shampoo, you expect those products will be safe and that they won't cause skin breakouts – or worse. But new research found that's not always the case. And, because cosmetics are woefully underregulated in the United States, and there's no solid system in place to catch when personal care products are harmful, it's possible you'll ...

Staph Aureus Rates Of Resistance To Certain Antibiotics Show A Decrease Over Time

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by

TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 – Staphylococcus aureus infections among U.S. hospital patients have been less resistant to key antibiotics in recent years, a new study finds. Between 2009 and 2015, researchers tested antibiotic resistance in more than 19,000 S. aureus samples from 42 medical centers nationwide. "Results showed that S. aureus' rates of resistance to certain antibiotics decreased over ...

Acne Yields Up Secret That Points to New Treatments

Posted 28 Oct 2016 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 28, 2016 – In a finding that could lead to new treatments for acne, scientists say they've discovered a previously unrecognized way in which bacteria trigger inflammation in the skin. The skin is the body's first line of defense against invading germs. But it's also constantly awash in bacteria of all kinds – and usually puts up no fight. "It's a big puzzle as to why we tolerate ...

Acne's Silver Lining: Slower Aging of the Skin?

Posted 29 Sep 2016 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 – There's some potentially good news for people with a history of acne – their skin may age more slowly than those who didn't have to suffer mottled skin through adolescence. That's the suggestion of a British study that included just over 1,200 twins. One-quarter of them struggled with acne at some point in their life. "For many years, dermatologists have identified ...

Health Tip: Don't Ignore Acne

Posted 19 Jul 2016 by

-- Acne is more than just a nuisance and a blow to someone's good looks. Letting acne run its course is not the best advice, the American Academy of Dermatology says. The academy adds: Lack of treatment can lead to permanent scarring and dark spots. Treating and ridding your skin of acne can boost self-esteem. Ignoring acne isn't wise or necessary. There are a host of effective treatments ...

Health Tip: Discuss Acne Products With a Dermatologist

Posted 16 May 2016 by

-- If you're using acne products, you should take precautions to prevent a rare but serious allergic reaction. The American Academy of Dermatology offers this advice: See your dermatologist to discuss acne treatments that you'd like to use. Always consult a dermatologist before using an acne treatment if you've had an allergic reaction before. Ask the doctor about how to safely test acne ...

Safe Treatments Available for Expectant Moms' Skin Conditions

Posted 4 Mar 2016 by

FRIDAY, March 4, 2016 – There are a number of safe and effective ways to treat chronic skin conditions in pregnant women, a dermatologist says. "If there is a way to manage your skin condition without medication during pregnancy, that is the preferred option," said Dr. Jenny Eileen Murase, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco. "If you have ...

Misconceptions About Acne Still Common

Posted 4 Mar 2016 by

FRIDAY, March 4, 2016 – There are still plenty of negative and mistaken beliefs about people with acne, a new study finds. Researchers showed photos of acne and several common skin conditions to study participants and asked them their views about each condition. More than 62 percent said they were upset by the photos of acne. And more than 80 percent said they felt pity toward people with acne, ...

Double Up on Acne Treatments, New Guidelines Say

Posted 23 Feb 2016 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2016 – Combining treatments is the best way to combat acne, new guidelines from the American Academy of Dermatology state. "There are a variety of effective treatments available for acne, and dermatologists have found that combining two or more treatments is the best option for the majority of patients," Dr. Andrea Zaenglein, co-chair of the guidelines committee, said in an ...

Health Tip: Acne Has Lasting Effects

Posted 15 Dec 2015 by

-- Acne may be most visible on the skin, but for many people, its effects are greater than just temporary blemishes. Acne can lead to these physical and emotional issues, says the American Academy of Dermatology: Developing poor self-esteem and isolation. Developing depression, which can become severe. Developing dark spots that remain after acne has cleared. These may last for months or years. ...

Retail Prices of Dermatology Drugs Skyrocket

Posted 25 Nov 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – Patients using prescription creams, gels, sprays and pills for skin conditions may shell out substantially more at the pharmacy than they did just six years ago, a new study suggests. Between 2009 and 2015, retail prices of brand-name dermatologic drugs rose 401 percent, on average, study authors reported Nov. 25 in JAMA Dermatology. Even generics have succumbed to ...

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