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Whether you call them blemishes, pimples, or zits, most of us experience mild acne at some point in our lives. More often a problem in the teen years, acne vulgaris, as it's known medically, starts when skin pores become blocked by excess oil and dead skin cells. Some people have severe acne resulting in hundreds of pimples across the face, chest, and back, although many treatments can help.

Acne News

  • FDA OKs Non-Prescription Use of Acne Drug

    FRIDAY, July 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Good news for acne sufferers: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved an over-the-counter retinoid drug for acne — the first new active ingredient available without a prescription since the 1980s. The drug — Differin Gel 0.1% (adapalene) — has been in use in a stronger form [...][...]

  • Contraception Safety Program for Acne Drug Failing in Canada

    MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A Canadian program to prevent pregnancy in women who are taking the acne drug isotretinoin is failing because many women do not follow the program’s recommendations, a new study finds. Isotretinoin increases the risk of birth defects and miscarriages, the researchers explained. First marketed as Accutane, isotretinoin is now [...][...]

  • Misconceptions About Acne Still Common

    FRIDAY, March 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — There are still plenty of negative and mistaken beliefs about people with acne, a new study finds. Researchers showed photos of acne and several common skin conditions to study participants and asked them their views about each condition. More than 62 percent said they were upset by the photos [...][...]

  • Safe Treatments Available for Expectant Moms’ Skin Conditions

    FRIDAY, March 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — There are a number of safe and effective ways to treat chronic skin conditions in pregnant women, a dermatologist says. “If there is a way to manage your skin condition without medication during pregnancy, that is the preferred option,” said Dr. Jenny Eileen Murase, an assistant clinical professor of [...][...]

  • This Is the Best Way to Treat Acne, According to Experts

    Acne affects up to 50 million Americans a year.