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Acne vulgaris, (Updated) A Simple Guide To The Condition, Diagnosis, Treatment And Related Conditions

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This book describes Acne vulgaris, Diagnosis and Treatment and Related Diseases

Recently my second grand-daughter had a severe episode of Acne vulgaris and was emotionally upset by her change of facial appearance.
Being a teenager she was prone to having acne or pimples at this time.
I have tried to calm her down and treated her with some topical medicine which has helped her acne temporarily.
However acne is common in recurrence during the teenage years and she has a long time to go before her acne will stop flaring up.

New treatment in acne is being researched all the time.
There are dozens, if not hundreds, of beliefs on preventing and treating acne.
Even the best treatments can produce problems, such as dry skin, sensitivity to sunlight, and birth defects.
These imperfect treatments make it especially exciting that there is a new acne vaccine in development.
As promising as this may be, it may result in many of the adverse side effects as present treatments.
The vaccine, which if put into use, would be the first of its kind, is planned to decrease the body’s inflammatory reaction to the toxins produced by bacteria in the skin.
So far the vaccine has only been tested in mice and human-tissue samples, but the possible impact of these findings is huge for the hundreds of millions of patients suffering from acne.
The bacteria directed by the new vaccine are just one possible cause of acne; hormones, genetics, and certain medicines can also be factors to the acne disorder.
Doctors often give isotretinoin, an oral medicine that remains under a class of treatments called retinoids.
It is one of the best treatments for acne vulgaris.
It can be excessively drying, and risks producing such severe birth defects that those female patients who take it are needed to prove that they are on two forms of birth control or abstaining from sex with men.
Doctors occasionally prescribe the blood-pressure-regulating drug spironolactone to treat acne.
Dermatologists often advise less invasive (and often less effective) methods such as topical retinoids, antibiotics, birth control, and over-the-counter products with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
Most of these treatments direct at just one possible cause of acne:
For bacterial acne, there are antibiotics to treat the bacteria.
For hormonal acne, there is birth control to treat the excessive male hormones in females.
Few doctors treat both, along with the many other factors, from pore-clogging makeup to time spent wearing a helmet, that add to acne formation.
While the acne vaccine in development is really promising, it, too, has a narrow aim: the inflammatory reaction to skin bacteria.
There is reason to be hopeful about the development of the new vaccine, but that it will possibly come with side effects of its own.
Targeting C. acnes (the bacteria most often linked with acne) with a vaccine would be more specific and less toxic than chemical treatments.
But not all C. acnes bacteria is bad; they are made up of different strains, and while some cause acne, others are beneficial.
If it targets the wrong strains, the vaccine might worsen patients’ condition by disturbing skin bacterial flora integrity.
The vaccine would be best used together with other more established acne treatments.
Other new acne therapies have also shown promising results in the past twenty years.
One such method uses probiotics which may assist to reduce acne in some patients.
Some studies have determined that applying a particular bacterium may have anti-inflammatory and bacteria-killing effects.
Lasers are also more often used to treat acne, though they are time intensive and the results unpredictable.
Acne treatment can help the patient.
Chapter 1 Acne vulgaris Updated)
Chapter 2 Causes
Chapter 3 Symptoms
Chapter 4 Diagnosis

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