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Acne

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

  • Some Acne Products Can Trigger Severe Allergic Reactions

    Some popular over-the-counter acne treatments can cause severe irritation or even potentially life-threatening allergic reactions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

  • New Approaches to Acne Treatment

    MONDAY, June 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — No cure exists for acne yet, but new treatments make this common scourge of adolescence easier to manage, dermatologists say. “Things are so much better today because there are so many more options for treating acne,” said Dr. Sarah Taylor, a dermatologist at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in [...]

  • Earlier Acne Outbreaks May Be Caused by Earlier Puberty: Experts

    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 6 (HealthDay News) — Though acne has long been viewed as a teen phenomenon, dermatologists have been tending to an ever-younger patient pool, a new preadolescent reality that many experts link to a trend toward an earlier onset of puberty. Now, a team of physicians has put together a new list [...]

  • Doctors OK Guidelines for Treating Acne in Younger Kids

    Pimples have long been the bane of teenage existence, but pediatricians say there is now enough evidence on effective treatments to put out the first guidelines on battling acne in children. There is a range of medications that can clear up even severe cases of acne, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Writing in the May issue of its journal Pediatrics, the group throws its support behind new guidelines from the American Acne and Rosacea Society that detail how to treat acne in children and teens of all ages.

  • Acne-Free People May Have Skin-Protecting Bacteria

    Your odds of having acne may depend on whether the “good” strain of a particular type of bacteria lives on your skin, a new study suggests. “People never think of wanting to have good bacteria on their skin,” said lead author Huiying Li, an assistant professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at the University of California, Los Angeles. “But some of them you should love.” It’s the presence of acne-defeating bacteria that allows people without acne to live relatively pimple-free, she explained.

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