We often hear these words: First impression is everything. We have to admit, this is more and more happening in our society today.
Acne is a skin condition characterized by whiteheads, blackheads, and inflamed red pimples or “zits.”
Acne is most common in teenagers, but it can happen at any age. Three out of four teenagers have acne, probably caused by hormonal changes that stimulate oil (sebum) production. However, people over 30 or even 40 may also have acne.
If the pimples are still a problem, a dermatologist can prescribe stronger acne treatment medications and discuss other options with you.
Prescription medicines for acne treatment include:
• Oral antibiotics (taken by mouth) such as minocycline, doxycycline, and tetracycline
• Topical antibiotics (applied to the skin) such as clindamycin or erythromycin
• Synthetic vitamin A derivatives called retinoids such as retinoic acid cream or gel (Retin-A) and isotretinoin pills (Accutane) — pregnant women and sexually active adolescent females should NOT take Accutane, as it causes severe birth defects
• Prescription formulas of benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, resorcinol, salicylic acid
Birth control pills can sometimes help clear up acne. (In some cases, though, they may make it worse.)