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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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