This stuff has been said before, but I thought I�d put it in one post and expand
it a bit. Some of the info was stuff I learned by reading posts on this board,
so props to anyone that has posted this before.
Ultraviolet rays dry excess skin oil very effectively. Best results when used
without dark-tanning lotions. Shower after use and apply an aloe-based lotion to
noticeably oily areas. Avoid UV exposure while using medications that cause
Chlorine dries skin oil and reduces bacteria. Shower immediately afterwards and
apply an aloe-based lotion to reduce oil production.
Panthotenic Acid (Vitamin B5)
Large doses of panthotenic acid have proven to reduce acne. Take 2500 mg four
(4) times a day (last dose at bedtime) until acne is under control, and then
1500 mg three (3) times a day for maintenance. Also available as a cream which
should be applied 4-6 times a day.
Benzoyl peroxide slowly releases oxygen, which has an antibacterial effect. It
also causes peeling and drying of skin, which helps to eliminate blackheads and
whiteheads. First, wash the affected area of skin with medicated soap and water.
Pat dry gently with a towel. Apply enough medicine to cover the affected area
and rub in gently once or twice a day. If you have a fair complexion, start with
a single daily application at bedtime. Keep the medicine away from eyes, nose,
and mouth. Results are noticeable in 1 to several weeks. Side effects: burning,
itching, scaling, swelling, or redness. Allergic reactions are not uncommon.
Common brands: Clearasil, Noxzema, Oxy, Pan Oxyl.
Isotretinoin (Accutane) - prescription
Isotretinoin is a powerful drug used in the treatment of acne. Isotretinoin
decreases the amount of oil produced by the skin's sebaceous (oil) glands. Four
to five months of isotretinoin treatment usually leads to clearing of acne for
one year or more after the medicine is stopped. Most other acne-controlling
medicines are antibacterial agents, which are effective only if the medicine is
used daily. Side effects (in order of percent reported): chapped lips, dry skin,
mild nosebleeds, eye irritation, joint and muscle pains, temporary hair
thinning, rash, intestinal symptoms, urinary symptoms, headache, decreased night
vision, depression. Regular blood tests are necessary when you are taking
isotretinoin because it can be hard on the liver. Women should not take
Isotretinoin while pregnant, and should avoid becoming pregnant while using it.
Isotretinoin can cause photosensitivity.
Retin-A - prescription
Unlike many over-the-counter acne treatments, Retin-A has the ability to get
beneath the surface of your skin and work where acne begins. Retin-A loosens and
expels acne plugs in the skin and prevents new lesions from forming. Apply
before bed, about 30 minutes after washing the skin. Side effects: dryness,
peeling, redness. Retin-A can cause photosensitivity.
WARNING: Do some extra research on the side effects before starting any of these
treatments. I don�t want to be responsible for any medical condition caused by
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