Dr. Ginsburg uses an old quote from Marion Sulzberger, one of the great dermatologists of the past, to enlighten us on acne: “There is probably no single disease which causes more psychic trauma, more maladjustment between parents and children, more general insecurity and feeling of inferiority and greater sums of psychic suffering than does acne vulgaris” (Sulzberger). He feels that it is one of the most important diseases that he treats and particularly now because he knows that he can clear up a patient’s face 99.9% of the time. Dr. Ginsburg adds: “There is nothing more gratifying than to see the emotional changes of an adolescent as their face begins to clear. Teens come to my office on their first visit, sullen, with their eyes on the floor. As their acne improves I see animation in their expressions, I see smiles on their faces and a bright self-confident look in their eyes.” There are many ways to treat acne, and in this issue, we will highlight acne remedies as well as other remedies for everyone. Acne is a common skin condition that afflicts most people, to a varying degree, during the teen years. However, the disease is by no means restricted to this age group; adults in their 20’s to 40’s may have acne. Do not think that because acne is common, treatment is unnecessary. Waiting to “outgrow” acne can be a serious mistake.
Medical treatment can improve your appearance and self-esteem, and prevent the development of lifelong scars. Rising hormone levels during adolescence, cause enlargement and over activity of the oil glands in the skin. The canals that bring this oil to the surface become blocked with keratin (a protein that is part of the skin). When these oil glands are overactive and the canals are blocked, the bacteria that normally live on the skin and in the oil, becomes trapped. They subsequently multiply, and cause inflammation and irritation. For some, it’s possible to prevent or minimize the appearance of acne, which we will discuss first. However, for many people, more steps must be taken to treat acne, which will be outlined as well. How can I prevent acne breakouts? Cleansing and Cosmetics Even though you may be told to wash frequently, acne is not a disease caused by improper cleansing. For example, the blackness of a blackhead is not dirt, but is due to the accumulation of the normal skin pigment in the oil glad ducts. Dr. Ginsburg will recommend a cleanser, or you can wash your face with a mild antibacterial soap twice a day. If one’s skin is very oily, it may be washed more often. Over washing or scrubbing tends to irritate the skin and will make acne worse. Therefore, do not use any abrasive cleaners or cleansing pads. Shampooing is also important in acne therapy.
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