Hi what is acne?

Clogged glands. Acne, medically known as Acne Vulgaris, is a skin disease that involves the oil glands at the base of hair follicles. It commonly occurs during puberty when the sebaceous (oil) glands come to life - the glands are stimulated by male hormones produced by the adrenal glands of both males and females.

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Hi docs! Wondering what acne methods have worked for your patients?

The scientific stuff. Topical benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, retinoic acid derivatives, topical clindamycin, systemic tetracyclines, systemic erythromycin, topical spironolactone, the oral contraceptive pill, isotretinoin, lasers. Don't ask for personal anecdotes -- this is the era of evidence-based medicine. Your personal physican's your best guide. Best wishes. Read more...