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THE ACNE GROUP is dedicated to providing accurate, reliable information on the treatment of acne, acne skin care and eliminating acne. Believe it or not, acne IS a skin disorder! Everyone seems to have acne and everyone seems to suffer from it.

THERE ARE THREE CAUSES OF ACNE:

  • 1) Abnormal blocking of the sweat and hair follicle caused by too much androgen production in teenagers and by stress in those with adult acne.
  • 2) A greater production of oil by the sebaceous glands.
  • 3)And the abundance of common bacteria that all humans have.

ACNE RELATED SKIN CONDITIONS:

1)Rosacea: Acne and rosacea are two unrelated skin conditions. However, the two do co-exist together on the patients skin just as acne and psoriasis or acne and eczema and many other skin conditions that also appear together. Adult acne and rosacea are often seen on approximately 80% of patients and varies from mild to severe acne. Rosacea and acne are quite different as rosacea is a red face in the mild forms and has many stages. However, acne is red pus filled bumps that vary from mild to severe.

Clogged skin pores and bacterial infections cause acne. The blackheads, whiteheads and pimples are all different forms of acne and sometimes appear with rosacea or combined skin disorders appearing at the same time. Rosacea consists of red bumps called papules. The papules and pustules that occur in rosacea may look like typical acne, but closer observation by a trained physician reveals the absence of whiteheads and blackheads. In rosacea, the pimples and cysts rarely appear on the chest and back.

2)Seborrheic Dermatitis: Seborrheic dermatitis is very painful sensitive skin when on the face. When it is on the scalp it is called dandruff and had little or no pain as the scalp has very few pain sensors or nerve endings. Many people bump their heads for years with very little problem. Seborrheic dermatitis is an itch red area on the facial skin and on other places of the body. Most often, seborrheic dermatitis is on the facial area along with rosacea. It involves overactive sebaceous glands and scaly flaky skin. Whereas, the scaling skin on the eyelids of ocular rosacea.

is sometimes confused with it.

Pictures are shown as follows to illustrate the severe skin conditions:


ACNE COMEDONICA

ACNE VULGARIS

ACNE SCARRING

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Did you know that many acne sufferers are also affected by rosacea? Quite often due to the very aggressive skin medications to exfoliate the blocked oil pores, the skin becomes very red and irritated. Rosacea and acne is caused by an acidic body and skin, and the primary symptom is a red face. The Rosacea-Ltd III web site has more information on rosacea.

Article of the Week:

Treating Acne Rosacea
Acne rosacea, now more accurately know just as rosacea, is a chronic skin condition of the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. It consists of flushing, which turns into red coloration from the dilation of the capillaries and can lead to pustules that resemble acne.
Rosacea occurs mostly in middle-aged adults with fair skin. The cause of rosacea is unknown, but there is likely a genetic component. Severe, untreated rosacea can be disfiguring to the face. The skin of the center of the face—typically on or surrounding the nose—is red and swollen, with acne-like blemishes. As the condition progresses, parts of the eye can become inflamed and the nose may enlarge.
Prescription medications used to treat rosacea include topical and oral antibiotics. The main topical drug, metronidazole is thought to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects.
Alcohol may increase the reddening of the skin affected by rosacea, but alcohol is not the cause of this disease. Spicy foods and hot drinks have been reported by rosacea sufferers to cause flare-ups. Sun exposure, stress, excessive exercise, and extreme temperatures (hot or cold) of weather or bathing water may trigger flare-ups of rosacea, so avoiding these conditions is recommended.
Preliminary reports in the 1940s claimed that rosacea improved with oral supplements or injections of B vitamins On the other hand, one report exists of rosacea-like symptoms in a patient taking 100 mg per day of vitamin B6 and 100 mcg per day of vitamin B12; these symptoms subsided when the supplements were discontinued.10 More research is needed to evaluate the potential benefits or hazards of B vitamins for rosacea.
Some people with rosacea have been reported to produce inadequate stomach acid. In a preliminary trial, supplemental hydrochloric acid, along with vitamin B complex, improved some cases of rosacea in people with low stomach-acid production. Similarly, improvement in rosacea has been reported anecdotally after supplementation with pancreatic digestive enzymes, and a controlled study found that rosacea patients produced less pancreatic lipase than healthy people. Controlled trials are needed to evaluate the effects of hydrochloric acid and digestive enzyme supplements in rosacea. Hydrochloric acid supplements should not be taken without the supervision of a healthcare practitioner.
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