Stretch marks (striae) are stripe-like skin marks that develop as a result of rapid weight gain or loss, when the skin is stretched, and as a result of some diseases.
Acne excoriée is a type of acne that is sometimes called picker's acne because it occurs when the affected individual picks at the acne lesions. This kind of acne is most often seen in teen girls. The picking exacerbates the acne and causes scars; the scarring leads to more acne and, ultimately, more picking. Anxiety, depression, and other emotional problems may accompany acne excoriée.The acne itself, known as common acne, or acne vulgaris, is a very common skin condition caused by many factors. Treatments are aimed at these various factors and include antibiotics, medications to increase skin turnover, and medications to decrease inflammation. In the case of acne excoriée, the treatment should also address possible emotional problems.
When it comes to acne, there’s a world of information out there that doesn’t square with the truth. That’s likely not shocking because most acne sufferers are intensely engaged with the condition and have tried everything to treat it. Many believe common myths about acne and repeat them to others, perpetuating the myths and misinformation. Here are a few examples of “common wisdom” that many share about acne.
I want to recognize a dermatologist who is making a difference in the lives of others with a story I am inspired to share with readers. Dr. Bryna Kane is a dermatologist and assistant clinical professor at the University of California. Raised by parents who survived the Holocaust, Dr. Kane witnessed firsthand the negative effect that tattoos could have on a person’s life. The tattoos used for identification in concentration camps would often cause hepatitis infections and other diseases. But the psychological effects were just as negative, serving as a constant reminder of a horrific and traumatizing experience. Holocaust survivors inspired Dr. Kane to help others manage unwanted tattoos.
With concerns about the H1N1 swine flu and other infectious diseases, many schools are adding hand sanitizer to their list of required supplies this year. But this policy leads to several questions: What should we look for when selecting a hand sanitizer? Do these products really work? If they do work, will using them create drug-resistant organisms? No doubt some of you have seen concerning e-mail reports of children becoming gravely ill after ingesting hand sanitizer. I have two school-aged children, and I decided to find the answers before I set out to buy our school supplies.
Acne is an extremely common problem for both adolescents and adults. It's not surprising that there are many misconceptions and myths about acne, and I'd like to take the time to address some of them here. Myth #1: My acne is caused by my diet.
Whether you are fortunate to have clear skin or fighting in the battle against acne, Skinsight would like to enlighten you about acne and the different kinds that are out there. Believe it or not there are different types of acne affecting a wide variety of people every day, such as picker’s acne, rosacea, and acne keloidalis nuchae. For acne awareness month, we have special articles, slide shows, and discussion forums dedicated to the skin condition that affects over 85% of Americans at some point.
Continued from part 1... Myth #3: Using a facial scrub will help clear pores and improve my acne.
Is it true that foods such as french fries, candy, chocolate, and milk cause acne? Do fat, sugar, and dairy really have adverse effects on your skin? Although many of us grew up believing that our diet was intimately tied to our complexion, the association is not clear-cut.
As a young girl I was fortunate to have very few encounters with teen acne, especially since the American Academy of Dermatologists states 85% of teenagers experience it. However, I often overheard my sister battling it out at the bathroom mirror. She had a nightly routine, always being sure to wash her face before bed, whereas I tended to go to bed makeup and all. Now, as the mom of a teenager, I have experienced hands-on the challenges of teen acne and how unbelievably frustrating it can be.