Acne affects up to 50 million people every year, and it’s not just a teen thing either, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Way too many adults will break out into their 30s, 40s and even 50s, and an unlucky few can even develop acne for the first time as adults.
And although the treatment of this common skin condition has remained the same for years, researchers are finally getting closer to identifying the root cause of acne and as a result, the pipeline is now bursting with new treatments.
Inflammation has become quite the buzz word in medical circles, and it is increasingly linked to a host of diseases and conditions including acne. The
New guidelines from the Academy of Dermatology (AAD) suggest that combination treatments are the best way to treat acne – and prevent it from coming back.
The list of recommended treatments today includes topical therapy, antibiotics, isotretinoin and oral contraceptives. Antibiotics should be used with topical therapy for mild-to-moderate acne, and topicals should be being continued once the antibiotic course is complete, the AAD suggests. What’s more topical medications, such as retinoids and benzoyl peroxide, also may be combined for maximum results.
The guidelines are published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
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Are you no longer a teenager, but still battling annoying breakouts while also fighting the signs of aging. A small consolation, but the good news is you are not alone. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 40 to 50 million Americans have acne at some point in their life, and it is the most common skin problem in the US.
“Acne is always caused by hormonal imbalances, usually too much male hormone (testosterone) or not enough female hormone (estrogen) in a person’s system,” says New York City-based dermatologist Judith Hellman. “Even if the levels of those are in the normal range, an abnormal male to female hormone ratio can affect the skin.”
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Most skin firming and tightening devices are based on the principle of sending heat to the deeper levels of the skin while protecting and bypassing the outermost layer of the skin. The added benefit of these nonablative skin rejuvenating systems is that there is little or no downtime in the form of scabbing, bruising, swelling and crusting. They heat and tighten loose skin by inducing deeper skin retraction under the skin – so the surface remains intact and you can wear makeup right away.
These devices may utilize a variety of energy including radiofrequency, broad based light, or ultrasound to deliver heat. Areas that can be treated may include the forehead, around the eyelids, lower f