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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:

Accutane Warnings
A study done by Douglas Bremmer indicates the manner in which Accutane no might lead to depression. "This was the first study that shows a biological link of physical evidence," said Douglas Bremner of Emory University. With this high-tech camera, Bremner, a psychiatrist, looked at the brains of 13 young adults taking Accutane for acne -- and another 15 on antibiotics. In the so-called "accutane brain" -- activity in the front part of the brain was down 21 percent. Bremner said, "This plays a critical role in emotion. So if there's a decrease in function in that part of the brain, it makes sense that there would be a change in mood."

Accutane and generic versions already carry an imposing warning: aside from cautions about birth defects there's this: "Accutane may cause depression, psychosis and rarely, suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, suicide and aggressive behavior." But that warning only started in 2002 -- four years after the Food and Drug Administration warned physicians that the drug might have psychiatric side effects. There are several lawsuits pending, including one by the family of 15-year-old acne patient Charles Bishop, who killed himself flying a small plane into a Tampa office tower two years ago.

Of course, teens are more prone to clinical depression. And experts say the rate, as measured by suicide, and the numbers of teens seeking treatment, is rising. A spokeswoman for Roche, the company that makes Accutane, said she doesn't know enough to comment on the new study, but said that Roche has never found a link between its drug, and suicide.

Earlier this year, an FDA advisory panel recommended creating a formal registry of all patients on the drug to make it easier to keep track of side effects. But the agency has taken no action. A spokeswoman told CNN they're still deciding what to do. Roche said it's open to a registry, but that could take a long time.
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