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  • How to prevent acne scarring?
    By Health Blog on April 10, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    People especially teenagers suffer so much with pimples because of their itchy nature and sometimes pain that they create during their breakout. There is another bigger problem teenagers face because of these acne that they leave scars on our skin and if they occur on the face they leave face very ugly. So its very important to know how to reduce the scar formation due to acne.

    Various kinds of acne leave different kinds of acne scars. There is good news though; acne scars can be effectively and permanently treated. Doctors also advise a proper acne treatment that needs to be carried out on a daily basis by the affected individual to prevent the return of the problem.

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    Identify type of the skin:
    The first step in the treatment of acne is to understand the type of skin of the affected person, the kind of acne that needs to be treated and the best treatment for the kind of acne being treated. Acne scarring and the corresponding treatment varied from individual to individual, mainly depending on the kind of skin being treated. Doctors find it difficult to understand what skin type will be affected by acne and to what extent will the skin scar. Understanding this condition is important for the effective treatment of any form of acne.

    It is a common consensus that acne must be treated as early as possible in order to treat the condition most effectively and prevent permanent scarring. Acne is not expected to be an overnight procedure. Acne treatment lasts weeks and sometimes years depending on the severity of the condition. It is important to treat the condition before it consolidates and becomes hard to cure. Many people treat acne as and when it appears and takes preventive measures; however some people find it hard to rid themselves of this ugly mess of pimples and expert help is called for.

    The most important of the matter is to prevent inflammation to occur if you want to prevent acne scarring. Remember never to irritate an acne infected area; irritation will surely lead to acne scarring. If you are prone to scarring from acne it is best to consult a skin specialist at the next outbreak of pimples on your skin. Remember early treatment is the secret to prevent acne scarring.

    Acne scars are of two types. Those scars caused by the loss of skin tissue and those caused by formation of skin tissue. Scars can also be formed by excessive tissue formation. This kind of scarring is caused by extra deposits of collagen in skin tissue. This substance is produced when the skin reacts to an injury and over production of it leads to scarring though this king of scar fades over time.

    Scars formed when tissue is lost are very much like scars formed by an attack of chickenpox. These are very common scars and equally hard or rather impossible to treat. The best way to prevent acne scarring is to prevent the disorder itself. So seek medical help at the earliest when you notice those infamous pinkish bumps on your skin.

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  • Medicines that can cure Acne
    By Health Blog on April 7, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    There are several ways in which acne can be cured. These treatments include artificial and natural treatments. The following is a list of commonly prescribed artificial medications for the treatment of Acne. While these treatments have positive outcomes for many users, there are side effects which should be considered when taking them. In addition, no one drug will work for everybody, so sometimes an Acne sufferer may have to try several treatment options. These are some of the options that are medically proved for preventing acne.

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    Antibiotic Acne Medication: Taken orally, various antibiotic medications have been employed in the treatment of acne. Research has shown that many antibiotics ameliorate Acne and are often prescribed for persistent, moderate-to-severe acne. As with all these medications, they should be administered only by a qualified physician.

    Cortiscosteroids: This potent antibiotic treatment should only be prescribed for very severe cases of acne, and should only be taken for short periods of time. The metabolic side-effects of steroids have been well-documented and if taken in large quantities, or for long periods of time, may have long-term effects on the reproductive capabilities of young people. As a result, they are not recommended for most cases of acne treatment.

    Tetracycline: Tetracycline has been the most commonly prescribed acne treatment for many years. It has had good results for moderate-to-severe acne. The usual dosages range from 500 to 1000 mg per day, and dosage is decreased as the skin condition improves. Tetracycline has been associated with decreased bone development and teeth staining, and therefore it is not appropriate for children under the age of eight. Due to its effects on bone development, it is also not an appropriate choice for pregnant or nursing women. Other common side effects include increased sun sensitivity, diarrhea and nausea.

    Minocycline and Doxycycline: Derived from Tetracycline, research suggests that these drugs may be more effective in the treatment of Acne. Both drugs have higher concentrations in the tissues and have been associated with more effective and more rapid improvements in visible Acne. Doxycycline may cause sore throats or heart burn and must be taken with large amounts of water. Minocycline has been associated with drug induced lupus symptoms but is the least likely of the Cycline drugs to induce photosensitivity. However, skin pigmentation problems do occur with both these medications. The higher concentrations of both drugs in the tissues may also lead to liver reactions. Neither is appropriate for use in young children or for pregnant or nursing women.

    Erythromycin: Available in both oral and topical applications, is a safer alternative for pregnant women and young children. It has the advantage antibacterial and anti-inflammatory treatment results, reducing both the cause and the effects of acne. Its oral form is easy to use but may cause some gastrointestinal upset. It is also a good alternative for those who are allergic to penicillin and the cyclines.

    Isotretinoin: Derived from Retinoid A, this antibiotic is a revolutionary new treatment that has been shown to be highly effective in the treatment of severe and treatment resistant Acne. Clinical trials have shown it to be beneficial for all forms of Acne, but there are many side affects attributed to Isotretinoin. These include severe effects such as birth defects, excessive dryness of mucous membranes and the skin, depression, inflammatory bowel disease and erectile dysfunction. There are several other milder effects which should be thoroughly discussed with a physician before this drug is prescribed. In addition, there is disagreement among medical practitioners concerning the dosage levels needed for optimum effects and the long term effects are still under investigation.

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  • Natural treatment for acne
    By Health Blog on April 3, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    Acne is one of the most common problems that people in the teenage suffer with. It not only makes our face ugly but also affects our self confidence very much. Acne is caused by impurities in the skin and body. Thus, internal cleansing may be the way to get rid of acne or to at least keep it under control. Topical medications and oral antibiotics may not clear up breakouts because they only target one or two of the causes of acne or just treat the symptoms. This can mean that a lot of different treatments may be required to handle a specific case of acne.

    Natural methods of controlling acne go by various names such as Herbal, alternative, and holistic remedies. However it’s referred to, natural treatment is becoming one of the most popular forms of therapy for many diseases, including the treatment of acne. More and more people are viewing illnesses as a systemic problem, indicating that the body itself is out of balance and needs to be rebalanced.

    Herbal Medicines that cures acne problem

    Natural acne treatments work best for moderate cases of acne. They are designed to cleanse the system internally of toxins that contribute to the development of acne breakouts. The advantages of natural acne treatment are that it not only attacks the visible symptoms but treats the internal causes of the acne. Natural methods usually involve modifications in the diet because it focuses on cleansing the internal organs. These types of cures utilize herbs that nourish and heal vital organs and also aid in internal cleansing.

    Herbal preparations that have been shown to be effective for the treatment of acne are:

    1. Olive leaf extract-believed to strengthen the liver.
    2. Herbal cortisone-mimics prescription cortisone as an effective treatment for acne without side effects.
    3. Jing Huang Gao – a Chinese herbal cream for removing and preventing blemishes.
    4. Tea Tree Oil-used topically, considered as effective as benzoyl peroxide treatments.

    Natural treatment for acne

    How it works?

    Herbal acne remedies target the liver because it is the organ that cleans the blood of hormones. Hormones have been shown to influence acne but they also insure the body functions properly. When hormones are being over-produced it can lead to acne breakouts. Herbal treatments contain many plant nutrients that are rich in vitamins and minerals which the body needs to stay healthy and to function at peak efficiency. There has been no evidence to show that natural medicines have any negative side effects when used for treating acne and they are available without a prescription. In addition, herbal medicines may kill the fungi that weaken the liver. Many herbal treatments are designed to be taken seasonally, such as those that are intended to cleanse the colon and flush body toxins. Others may be taken daily as a regular supplement or used as a topical ointment.

    A healthy liver functions much better, and does a better job of removing excess toxins and hormones from the system. This prevents the toxins from finding their way out of the body through the skin’s pores which leads to acne breakouts. The advantages of natural treatments are clear and certainly should be given a trial when trying to eliminate acne.

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  • Laser treatment to remove acne without any scars
    By Health Blog on April 2, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    Acne is becoming a scourge that is growing more and more difficult to live with. With the skin condition spreading to more adults as well as teenagers there are many different types of treatments that have been used to treat this condition. Some of the treatments have been successful and some fail drastically. The secret is in discovering which treatment will work best with which type of skin.

    For the lucky few types of acne can be treated with applicants and drugs that are available over the counter, but then there are the less fortunate who try to treat acne with these self-medication products and they are not so successful. In the meantime vital time is lost and acne consolidates itself and becomes very difficult to remove, leaving behind ugly acne. It is best to let a doctor decide which treatment is best for acne. Some doctors will recommend laser treatment as the best way to treat acne at the outset. This is because laser acne treatment is a very fast way to rid oneself of acne with little or no time for the condition to get rooted to the skin making treatment more difficult.

    Erbium laser treatment for acne scarring is fast gaining popularity with the facilities spread all over the world over. It is a technique that is being recommended by many doctors for the treatment of acne as it prevents scarring. Erbium is also known to effectively heal scars left behind by acne.

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    While laser is a very good treatment for acne it can be a bit on the expensive side so science has come up with an alternative treatment for acne during the active period of the disorder. This is a treatment that involves the use of aluminum hydroxide crystals that are used as an abrasive to remove layers of the skin. The abrasion removes the dead layers of the skin that assist in the spread of acne and cause a hindrance to the treatment of the disorder. Though this treatment is used only with the most severe forms of acne and used on acne that threatens to spread over the area. Aluminum hydroxide crystals are best used in areas such as the back and neck as these places are difficult to reach and need effective and fast treatment.

    Acne treatment requires a lot of time and patience for any form of treatment before a person can visibly see the results. Laser treatment for acne scarring is the fastest and the most effective way to rid one of acne and acne scars. Abrasive methods such as the use of aluminum hydroxide crystals are good for shallow scarring and not the deep forms of acne scars. It is best to resort to laser treatment for more severe acne scarring for a permanent and effective solution.

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  • How to remove blackheads?
    By Health Blog on April 1, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    Blackheads also known as Comedones, are one of the most common causes of acne, particularly for those who have oily skin. These are caused due to excess oils that have accumulated in the sebaceous gland’s duct of our skin. When acne vulgaris begins, it starts as blackheads and whiteheads. The difference between them is that a blackhead, or open comedo, is open at the surface of the skin. A whitehead, or closed comedo, is hardening of the oil in a closed environment under the surface of the skin. Both of them contribute to the formation of pimples and acne breakouts.

    At one time, it was believed that blackheads are formed because of too little cleansing, but it has been shown that they are created by a combination of oil, dust and dead skin cells. These appear black because a comedone is caused by oxidization acting on the oil, melanin which is responsible for blackness of our skin and keratin in dead skin cells stopping the pores which results in their dark appearance.

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    Treating Blackheads

    The best way to prevent blackheads is to alleviate their cause: excess oil and dead skin cells. Use gentle cleansing products that are designed to treat comedones. Avoid using products that contain alcohol, mineral oil or petroleum-based additives as these are harsh and actually may make the problem worse instead of better. Stripping the skin of its natural acid mantle (emollients and oils produced by the skin) actually stimulates the glands to produce more oil, perpetuating an acne cycle. Products containing natural oils are less likely to block pores, and usually are gentler to the skin.

    A gentle peeler which is used to remove dead skin cells can be used. However, most dermatologists recommend the use of these products twice per week, to avoid irritating the skin. All peelers or exfoliants should be used in a gentle manner, don’t scrub or use hard rubbing movements when using them.

    Avoid hard squeezing to remove the blackheads. This may cause further irritation resulting in pimples since it may force part of the blockage deeper into the skin. It is best to employ gentle methods of removal, such as blackhead removal strips and products designed to dry them up. Although is a longer method to take than quickly squeezing them out, it is better for the skin in the long run because it avoids scars on the skin.

    Occasionally, diet plays a role in acne breakouts although it is generally believed to affect adults more than adolescents. Some people may get allergies when they take certain foods and these may affect the acne. Most physicians maintain that proper diet helps decrease oil production, provides moisture to the skin, and helps facilitate the growth of new and healthy skin cells.

    As previously mentioned, blackheads are usually prevalent in oily skin types, but they can occur in dry, normal and combination skin, although with less frequency. Skin care products should be chosen carefully because they are essential to preventing and healing acne and blackhead breakouts. A healthy diet and lots of water are also very important in maintaining a fresh, clean complexion. There are many over-the-counter products for treating blackheads as well as prescription medications available from your dermatologist. If blackheads occur, eliminate those gently using mild cleansing products and topical creams designed to dry them up.

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