After years of battling with my skin, I’ve (almost) got my acne under control. I’m using benzoyl peroxide to tackle it, but while it is definitely treating the blemishes, it makes my skin painfully dry. I’m thinking about going on Roaccutane if this doesn’t give me the results I want, but I know the dryness will be even worse if I do. What do I do? I know it’s silly!
Jaggi Rao, MD, FRCPC is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Society for Laser Medicine and Canadian Medical Association, Pacific Dermatologic Association, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Canadian Medical Protective Association, Canadian Dermatology Association
Acne affects 40–50 million people in the United States (16%) and approximately 3–5 million in Australia (23%). Severe acne tends to be more common in people of Caucasian or Hispanic descent than in people of African descent.
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Egg whites contain enzymes that reduce excess sebum production and control breakouts. They also unclog pores by drawing out impurities and dirt from the skin. The pimples dry out and heal quickly with this face mask (42, 43).
At the start of puberty, androgen hormones are released into the body. Both boys and girls have androgens, but boys have more of them. Androgens cause the oil glands in the skin of the face, neck, back, shoulders and chest to enlarge and to produce more oil (sebum).
Extraction of whiteheads and blackheads. Your doctor may use special tools to gently remove whiteheads and blackheads (comedos) that haven’t cleared up with topical medications. This technique may cause scarring.
After spending years entombing my own failed remedies beneath my sink, my senior year of high school I tried the first and last acne medication that would have a lasting impact. Isotretinoin (commonly referred to by one of its brand names, Accutane, even though its manufacturer pulled it from the market in 2009) was like a pimple’s kryptonite. I took two pills a day for six months and it crippled my acne for the long-term.
Standard microneedling with dermarollers is more for superficial scars, while motorized microneedles pens (dermapen, micropen) and microneedles combined with radiofrequency can treat more severe acne scars.
When we asked what those types of other ingredients are, Dr. Green said there were no clear answers there either — skin is too subjective. “I think the best answer is to use one that feels good and rubs into your skin well without over-drying it,” he says. The more comfortable it is to apply, the more likely you are to keep up the regimen.
Outside of textbook-style information or tip services, acne apps have had something of a checkered past in the mobile health space. In 2011, the FTC went after two app developers who falsely advertised that their smartphone apps, AcneApp and Acne Pwner, could treat acne. Both apps claimed that colored lights emitted from smartphones would reduce acne if held up daily to a user’s skin. The two apps had nearly 15,000 downloads between them, and were fined by the FTC despite removal from their respective storefronts months prior.
“Anyone taking [isotretinoin] really needs to be counseled properly about all of these risks,” Alexiades-Armenakas says. The drug also impairs wound healing, so if a patient with severe cystic acne begins taking the drug, those cysts typically resolve with scars. “It gets rid of the underlying problem, but you’re almost guaranteed to heal with scars if you’re at that level of inflammation when you start taking [isotretinoin].”
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Create a blend of cucumbers and oatmeal. The cucumbers help to reduce redness and fight off dark spots while the oatmeal soften and soothes irritated skin. Blend the two together in a food processor until it forms a paste, and then apply it to your skin for 15-20 minutes before washing off with warm water.