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Acne And Sun Exposure
Acne: There are many steps and treatments available to treat acne. If topicals aren't working then orals need to be added. Sometimes it's hormonal and there are treatments available for that. See your dermatologist and if you are not clearing then find another dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more
What to do if I have a break out from being exposed to the sun while using acne medications/creams?
Acne out break: We cant give medical advice to a young minor. We don't know your age, gender, medical condition, skin type, extent of acne, type of acne, what medications are being used, etc. Its not magic, its medicine. We can only provide a meaningful response when you provide meaningful information. ...Read more
No: One more myth, and a cruel one. Sun exposure damages the skin and probably won't do much for the acne. We have scientific rx's for acne that work remarkably well and in the 21st century, it's inexcusable not to make these available to a young person with this serious disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not alot: Sun does not generally affect acne but it in some individuals who are more prone to post-inflammatory hyperoigmentation may be experience increased darkening of the acne affected areas if exposed to the sun. Use non-comedogenic sunscreens in this instance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sunlight and acne: Actually, sunlight helps acne! several laser treatments for acne are based on this principle. Visible light (not uv or infrared) acts on by products of the bacteria to generate a singlet oxygen molecule. This molecule is the toxic to the bacteria and will kill it. The only problem is with sunlight you get damaging uv light at the same time. The amount of exposure needed can cause skin damage. ...Read more
Forgive my frankness: This is the 21st century. Acne is a serious, chronic, non-lifestyle-related disease that can disfigure a young person physically and emotionally for life. It can be managed by any scientific physician with the expectation of a good result. Don't let an emotional aversion to scientific medicine deny you, or someone for whom you are responsible, the benefits of a real treatment. ...Read more
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