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Acne: Facts

Acne - Know These Facts About Acne

Some medications such as some cortisones, anti-tuberculosis drugs and anti-epileptic drugs can cause acne. If you get acne after taking a medicine, consult your doctor.

If you find that a food makes your acne worse, stop eating that food. Some people feel that they get acne due to milk intake. Until now conclusive relation has been established between acne and food. Avoid food that you suspect may be causing acne or making it worse.

Frequent washing of the acne-affected skin does not help. Instead, it adversely affects acne. Washing twice a day is enough. Contrary to popular belief, dirt does not cause acne. The black color of blackheads is due to oxidized sebum.

Vitamin A:
Vitamin A does not treat acne. If you take excessive vitamin A, you may get adverse side effects. Retinoids (derivatives of vitamin A) are used topically and orally to treat acne.

Acne can be hereditary. If your parents had acne, you may be more prone to it.

Hormonal Changes:
Hormonal changes bring on acne. Androgen hormones are responsible for excess production of sebum in both men and women.Women can have acne outbreaks during menstruation and pregnancy when rapid changes occur in hormones.

Acne-Like Conditions:
Some conditions such as rosacea, keratosis pilaris, perioral dermatitis look like acne. Improper diagnosis may delay the correct treatment.

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Acne & Sunshine

Despite the belief that acne gets cleared by sunshine, there is no scientific evidence to this. Excess sun can damage your skin rather than treating acne.

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