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Acne

Acne affects about 60 – 70% of the population.  Not only is it anxiety producing while active, but its psychosocial effects can be long lasting since up to 20% of people with acne have some degree of permanent sequellae such as scarring.  Not only is acne prevalent in teenagers but adults also suffer from this common condition, sometimes without having had significant acne when they were younger. Acne can present in many ways including as papules, pustules, papulopustules, cysts, and comedones (whiteheads and blackheads).

Acne Treatment

Most treatments include various topical medications including: retinoids (vitamin A-related), antibiotics, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, etc. Sometimes, for adequate control, oral medications are needed such as oral antibiotics, birth control pills or anti-androgen medications in women, and occasionally Accutane. In appropriate patients, a blood test evaluation may be recommended to make certain that an endocrine (hormonal) irregularity is not responsible for worsening acne. Lastly, many people wonder whether certain foods can make acne flare. While there is no universal acceptance regarding any particular food inducing acne, dairy products (which may contain hormones) and foods with high glycemic indexes are being discussed as possible causes of worsening acne in susceptible people.