March 26th, 2009
A few patterns have been noticed in the growth of acne according to the climate and season. Acne seems to boost up during hot and humid weather. This is due to the fact that during this time the outer layer of the skin swells up and produces extra pressure on the pore wall. This causes it to break down and hence leading to an increase in acne. Therefore you must avoid exposing our skin to too much humidity.
Also, avoid giving your skin steam treatments more than often. People believe that it is good for skin but too much of it can cause an upsurge in your acne problem.
Another pattern that dermatologists believe they have noticed is that the number of acne patients increases during the fall season. This is due to an increase in the testosterone levels of people during fall. There is nothing much that one can do about it but next time you get acne during fall you can know the reason. It occurs because of the change in the length of the day during this time of the year.
Sunlight is also your biggest enemy when it comes down to acne. The UV rays of the sun can damage your skin like nothing else. When your skin is exposed to the sun the oil production increases causing your skin to suffer. Although it is advised that lying in the sun kills the bacteria and thus helps curing acne this is not true at all. UV rays can damage your skin making it even worse than acne.
March 19th, 2009
Gram negative folliculitis is an inflammation of follicles caused by gram negative bacterial infection that can result from long-term antibiotic treatment. Now even long term treatment has its vices, where long term of antibiotic usage can lead to folliculitis. The word “Gram” refers to a blue stain used in laboratories to detect microscopic organisms. Certain bacteria do not stain blue and are called “Gram negative.” And the others are called gram positive.
Treatment. In Gram negative folliculitis, the bacteria are resistant to many antibiotics. Here again we use isotrtinoin and other antibiotics. It is a very tricky situation. Where more antibiotic is given against antibiotics.
This definitely need to be shown to a dermatologist for prompt cure. As bacterial infction as not a thing to be taken lightly.
The family and friends of the patient should support them during the course of the long and tedious treatment. It is very excrutiating for the patient, so support is important.
March 14th, 2009
Cysts are not uncommon in acne but in this chronic disease, the cysts measure up to a few centimeres in diameter. Like the conglobata, they are also widespread and cause a lot of pain.
The nodular cyst of acne is not a true cyst—an abnormal dilatation of a normal skin structure. Acne cysts are nodules of inflammation. The cysts may arise from a papule or nodule form of acne lesion, or occasionally from a type of cyst that develops in the outer layer of the skin—not usually associated with acne. A cyst appears to be filled with thick, yellow pus-like fluid. This is usually an inflamed and infected cyst. If an attempt is made to drain such a cyst, it should be done in a physician’s office under sterile conditions, not by oneself with regular apparatus in the bathroom.
Cysts occurring close together may join together, producing soft areas under which there are tunnels, cell destruction and inflammation, and that may set in the acne conglobata, which is also very severe.
Treatment. Nodulocystic acne usually requires an regular and particular treatment course that may include isotretinoin and antibiotics, or intralesional corticosteroids that “melt” the cyst in a matter if a week.Some very large follicular cysts that do not respond to medications may require drainage and surgical excision.
March 9th, 2009
There has always been a craze among youngsters to go for hairstyle changes all the time, according to the trend. This change in the hairstyle requires a thick oily layer of dressing called the pomade. A pomade is used for the straightening of curly hair as well as for giving the new shape to hair. Some pomades are home-made, while they are also available in the market.
Now this pomade causes acne , not only on the scalp, but also on the forehead and temple since that is the area of pomade contact. Pomade generally causes comedones, with occasional pustules and papules. Most of these pomades are comedogenic or pore clogging in nature. The dense oils used for the pomades and for hair dressing, clog the pores and thus start the formation of comedones. Apart from forming comedones, they also irritate the skin and cause allergic redness.
Now to treat this type of acne, one must try to apply the pomade one inch behind hairline, so it does not come into contact with the forehead. In reality, pomades should never be used only.
Pomade acne generally clears if measurement is taken to keep it from contacting the skin or discontinuation of its usage