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Dr. Gilligan, Chief Scientific Officer at AcnEase, collaborated with me today to clarify the facts about teen acne.
Acne is a part of many teen lives
- unfortunately. And they will do anything to get rid of it - who
wouldn't!? HOWEVER, there are some important safety alerts both smart
teens and their mothers need to know before choosing an acne treatment.
Reason being that MANY of the most commonly prescribed regimens do have
side effects you need to know about. Weigh the benefits and potential
dangers - after all, an educated consumer is a safe consumer.
Here are some of the potential treatments you need to be alerted to.
date, the only FDA approved drug that reduced sebaceous gland secretion
was Accutane (Isotretinoin) and its generic forms. Unfortunately, Accutane and Isotretinoins are associated with a number of very serious side effects. Accutane has actually been taken of the market and is currently the subject of a class action suit for its adverse effects.
products containing salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide (that are so
often a part of a teen acne routine) offer a short term and very limited
help as they do not have an effect on the sebaceous glands but rather
are applied to existing pimples; therefore this approach has limited
impact on the cause of acne. In addition, those topical agents dry and
sensitize the skin (which can worsen acne) and increase sensitivity to
the sun's UV rays, increasing skin cancer expectancy.
systemic remedies include the use of broad spectrum antibiotics like
Tetracycline, Erythromycin or Minocycline, which are administered to
inhibit bacterial growth in the sebum filled clogged pores. The
antibiotics also DO NOT reduce sebum production but rather target the
bacteria that propagate in clogged pores. The chronic use of broad
spectrum antibiotics is discouraged due to the development of antibiotic
resistant strains of bacteria. Also, ALL antibiotics will increase the
skin sensitivity to UV light (teens may be forgetful about sun
protection!) and several may cause stomach issues.
teen women, there is a trend to prescribe oral contraceptives as acne
treatment to overcome the natural fluctuations in hormone levels that
occur during puberty and later with the menstrual cycle. The use of
products such as Diane-35, which contains an anti-androgen (cyproterone)
and a form of estrogen (ethinyl estradiol), has also been associated
with severe side effects including venous clots and even death (it is
now banned in most of Europe and Canada and several other countries). Oral
contraceptives (OC) have their own warnings, and most are used in an
off-label manor. Eleven brands are presently under warning by the FDA
for the potential serious adverse effects.
So what do you do if you or your teen is struggling with acne?
mothers (and teens) contact us with their emotional stories, looking
for an alternative to chemical drugs. Some have even been victim to the
side effects that we've mentioned. We're here to give you the facts for
you to make your own decision.
learn the facts and make your own decision. Look for credible sources
and ask many questions. Be a part of the decision process. This is your
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AcnEase® has a direct effect on decreasing sebaceous gland secretion - the factor responsible for pimple formation. AcnEase®
does not have a direct effect on hormone levels but rather reduces the
influence of fluctuating hormone levels on the sebaceous glands and
consequently reduces sebum production, the initial step in the acne
cascade. Since teen acne is intimately associated with fluctuations in
hormone levels, AcnEase® is an ideal product for the treatment and prevention of teenage acne.
keep in mind that as you're searching for an acne treatment, it is
beneficial to stay open minded while also seriously considering the
validity of the sources you use and weighing all of your options. Make
sure YOU are the one to make the decision, and that your choice feels
Ask us questions anytime and we'll be glad to give you the facts!
My son 16 year old son is dealing with mild/moderate acne issues. If you look at him from the side you would never believe he has acne. However, the front side view is bothersome for him. He has acne on his nose, middle forehead and chin...it gets really bad, but whenever he swims in his friends salty pool his face clears right up. I was wondering if you knew of a product that has salt as an ingredient for acne??? Whatever else is in that salty pool works wonders on his face. Crazy but true!