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									  Ask The Expert About Preventing Seasonal Acne
    by Madhavi Kandula, M.D.
   (NAPSA)—Acne, one of the most
common skin conditions, affects
more than four out of five people
between the ages of 12 and 24. With
summer and wedding season under
way, you may want to learn more
about acne by seeing if you know
the correct answers to these com-
monly asked questions:
   Q. Will frequent face washing
eliminate acne?                         It is important to know that acne
   A. Although a popular belief,        may be improved with treatment
               dirty skin does not      and those suffering from it can
               cause acne, and fre-     do something about it.
               quent face washing
               and scrubbing can        may lead to permanent physical
               actually make acne       scars, which can affect how people
               worse.                   feel about themselves.
                   Q. Is acne caused       Q. Are all acne medications
 Dr. Kandula
               by poor nutritional      the same?
               choices?                    A. No. There is a wide range of
   A. Scientific studies have not       over-the-counter (OTC) and pre-
found a clear link between diet and     scription medications that can be
acne. In other words, chocolate or      used to help treat acne. Some
greasy foods do not cause or worsen     medications help reduce the
acne in most people. If acne is being   buildup of too much oil and fight
treated appropriately, there’s no       bacteria associated with pimples;
need to worry about certain foods       other medications help unclog the
leading to a breakout.                  pores. The number-one prescribed
   Q. Will squeezing pimples            combination acne product in the
make them go away quicker?              U.S. is BenzaClin (clindamycin 1

   A. No. It is recommended that        percent-benzoyl peroxide 5 per-
those with acne avoid squeezing,        cent gel), a combination of benzoyl
pinching or picking at the face. Any    peroxide and clindamycin that
sort of skin friction created by rub-   helps fight bacteria and reduces
bing or leaning can actually make       inflammation of pimples. Because
acne worse.                             acne varies from patient to
   Q. Is acne just part of              patient, it is important that peo-
adolescence?                            ple with acne consult their physi-
   A. Although many teens are           cian to find out which type of
affected by acne, it is important to    treatment is best for them.
know that acne may be improved             Dr. Kandula, a dermatology
with proper treatment. Teens with       expert, is currently president of the
acne should see a family doctor or      St. Louis Dermatology Society and
dermatologist for the appropriate       teaches at the Washington School
treatment. Acne that is not treated     of Medicine.

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