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How to Control and Prevent Acne
Many are still misguided into believing that acne
is caused by poor hygiene, eating chocolate, French fries, and greasy food. Sexual
overdrive is also mentioned as a culprit.
Acne
is not caused by anything you do. Acne occurs
during your episodes of hormonal
imbalance.
It is triggered by a rise in androgen hormone,
resulting in enlarged oil glands that pump more oil into the skin. The mixture
of oil and dead skin cells can block pores, forming blackheads and whiteheads,
which can deteriorate into acne breakouts.
AcneX Exfoliant Soap has nanoencapsulated
salicylic acid to keep pores unclogged. 
Keeping pores unclogged is the key to prevention
of acne.

Topical acne medications work by
preventing whiteheads and blackheads from forming, and by breaking down
comedones that have developed. You will find commonly used active ingredients such
as resorcinol, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic
acid, and sulfur
. They exfoliate and peel off the dead top skin layer that
causes pores to become clogged. These are in the form of soaps, gels, pads, and
creams.
If you have severe acne, you
should see a dermatologist. You may be prescribed topical and oral antibiotics, like erythromycin, to combat the
growth of P. acnes bacteria and reduce inflammation. Topical retinoids like tretinoin, tazarotene, and adapalene
are prescription actives that prevent whiteheads and blackheads from
developing. 
When all else fails, isotretinoin, a strong oral retinoid
may be given by the doctor. There are many side effects associated with the use
of isotretinoin, which is why it is considered the medicine of last resort.
 
Acne injection is a popular procedure among those who want to
get rid of pimples fast for some important event. The dermatologist will inject
a diluted corticosteroid to lower the inflammation and speed up healing. The
cyst will “melt” within a few days. Acne injection will also reduce the risk of
scarring from inflamed cystic acne.
Acnelight therapy is
a novel approach to the treatment of acne. A machine which emits blue light is
used to sterilize the skin, eliminating P. acnes bacteria. It is recommended
that it be used in conjunction with traditional topical acne medications.
For your acne problem, SkinStation offers free
doctor’s consultation, Acnelight therapy, acne injection, Anti-acne facial, and
AcneX transparent cleansing bar with double encapsulated salicylic acid.
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Skin Smart seeks to clarify facts and myths on skin care. This column was published in the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on May 14, 2013.  The author  received the 2011 Outstanding Chemist Award from Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for his achievements in the field of cosmetic chemistry.  The author is the CEO of SkinStation and can be reached at fred.reyes@skinstation.ph.   

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