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ACNÉ

What is it?

Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It causes whiteheads, blackheads or pimples. Acne is most common among teenagers, though it affects people of all ages.

Effective acne treatments are available, but acne can be persistent. The pimples and bumps heal slowly, and when one begins to go away, others seem to crop up.

Depending on its severity, acne can cause emotional distress and scar the skin. The earlier you start treatment, the lower your risk of such problems.

Symptoms

Acne signs vary depending on the severity of your condition:

  • Whiteheads (closed plugged pores)

  • Blackheads (open plugged pores)

  • Small red, tender bumps (papules)

  • Pimples (pustules), which are papules with pus at their tips 

  • Large, solid, painful lumps under the skin (nodules)

  • Painful, pus-filled lumps under the skin (cystic lesions)

Acne usually appears on the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders

Tratamiento contra el acné

10 skin care habits

  1. Wash twice a day and after sweating. Perspiration, especially when wearing a hat or helmet, can make acne worse, so wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating.

  2. Use your fingertips to apply a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser. Using a washcloth, mesh sponge, or anything else can irritate the skin.

  3. Be gentle with your skin. Use gentle products, such as those that are alcohol-free. Do not use products that irritate your skin, which may include astringents, toners and exfoliants. Dry, red skin makes acne appear worse.

  4. Scrubbing your skin can make acne worse. Avoid the temptation to scrub your skin.

  5. Rinse with lukewarm water

  6. Shampoo regularly. If you have oily hair, shampoo daily.

  7. Let your skin heal naturally. If you pick, pop, or squeeze your acne, your skin will take longer to clear and you increase the risk of getting acne scars.

  8. Keep your hands off your face. Touching your skin throughout the day can cause flare-ups.

  9. Stay out of the sun and tanning beds. Tanning damages your skin. In addition, some acne medications make the skin very sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) light, which you get from both the sun and indoor tanning devices.

    • Using tanning beds increases your risk for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 75%.

  10. Consult a dermatologist if:

    • Your acne makes you shy or embarrassed.

    • The products you've tried have not worked.

    • Your acne is leaving scars or darkening your skin.

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Accutane Treatment

Accutane (isotretinoin) is an oral medication which is used to treat all forms of acne.

Acne can be unsightly and painful. In addition to taking a physical toll, it can result in poor self-esteem and, even, depression. Accutane® capsules, with an active ingredient of isotretinoin, are a potent, highly effective option for clearing even the most stubborn acne. For more than 20 years, Accutane therapy has successfully treated severe nodular acne. The small Accutane capsules are taken orally, in several courses of 4 to 6 months each.

If, however, a woman becomes or is pregnant while undergoing Accutane treatment, there is a high risk that her baby will be born with severe birth defects. As a result, a program called iPLEDGE has been enacted to:

  • Prevent Accutane treatment from being given to pregnant women

  • Ensure women do not become pregnant while undergoing Accutane therapy

By signing the iPLEDGE oath, female patients agree to undergo monthly pregnancy tests, and to use two forms of approved contraception for the duration of the Accutane therapy. Results are verified by the prescribing doctor and the dispensing pharmacy

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