Acne For Dummies by Herbert P. Goodheart

By Herbert P. Goodheart

This can be an extremely worthwhile e-book! Congratulations, from one dermatologist to a different, on ultimately making feel of zits for sufferers and for medical professionals! I discovered greatly that may improve my perform and that i will suggest all of my pimples sufferers purchase this ebook. thanks for one of these good written, effortless to persist with reference advisor to pimples! Ellen Marmur, MD

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269 Appendix B: International Brand Names for Some of the Medications Listed in This Book . . . . . 281 Introduction A cne — it’s not exactly a subject that you like to talk about every day. At social events, you do your best to conceal it under makeup (although if you’re a man, makeup is usually not a realistic option). For kids, acne is more than just a stage of adolescence — it’s the pits! In fact, acne can be a problem for people of any age. Even newborns and seniors can develop acne!

If you’re interested in how these pesky little zits form, Chapter 3 is a must-read. If you only want to look at treatment options, skip to Part III. If your acne has cleared up, but you want to manage and improve the lingering scars, check out Chapter 17. As with any For Dummies book, you can skip around and read what’s important to you at any given time. Part I Facing Up to Acne T In this part . . his is the place to start for the full story on acne. I give you an overview of the condition — its causes and appearance — and provide a few pointers on determining if you can treat it yourself with over-the-counter products or if it’s time to call in a dermatologist.

Your face, chest, and back contain the highest concentrations of sebaceous glands; that’s why you’re more likely to have acne on these areas. Adolescence is generally the worst time for acne because androgens are increasing steadily during the teen years, and they signal your sebaceous glands to get larger and to generate more sebum, as shown in Figure 3-2. As adolescence ends, the amount of androgen secretion diminishes and acne tends to disappear for most teens by age 18 or 19. But for various reasons that I discuss in Chapter 5, some women (and much less commonly, men) retain a heightened sensitivity to their androgens and continue to have acne beyond adolescence.

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