How Cortisone Shots Work for Acne

Intralesional corticosteroid injections are used to treat deep nodules or cysts. A very dilute corticosteroid is injected directly into the blemish. Cortisone is an anti-inflammatory that shrinks the swollen wall of the cyst. Don’t worry, it's...

Sebaceous Glands and Your Skin

What They Do Depending on their location, there can be anywhere from 2,500 to 6,000 sebaceous glands per square inch. While most sebaceous glands are connected to a hair follicle, some open up directly to...

Benzoyl Peroxide Vs. Salicylic Acid for Acne

What Is Salicylic Acid? Salicylic acid works a bit differently than benzoyl peroxide. As a beta hydroxy acid, salicylic acid speeds up cell turnover rates. It exfoliates, helping your skin to shed dead cells more effectively. This, in turn, keeps them...

Do Anti-Acne Diets Work?

Not all carbs are equal and, according to a few studies, the wrong types could have an effect on your skin. Researchers have found that high glycemic index foods (think white bread, potatoes, and sugary...

What Causes Butt Pimples and How to Get Rid of Them

Pimples on Your Butt Are Normal No one wants to admit to them, but nearly everyone will get pimples on the butt at some point. It's common and generally is not a big deal. Butt acne...

The Link Between Milk and Acne

Does Milk Trigger Acne? Some research has shown a correlation between milk intake and the incidence of acne. It seems milk drinkers develop more severe acne than non-milk drinkers. One study, published in the May 2008...

Can Smoking Cigarettes Cause Acne?

Smoker's Acne Some researchers believe that smoking may indeed be a cause of acne. Researchers at the San Gallicano Dermatological Institute in Rome, Italy suggest that smoking cigarettes may cause acne breakouts. The study indicates that among adults with...

Solodyn (Extended Release Minocycline)

How It Works Solodyn belongs to a group of antibiotics called tetracyclines. It improves acne by reducing the amount of acne-causing bacteria on the skin. Don't worry, this bacteria doesn't mean your hygiene is lacking or that you're "unclean."...

How Acne Affects Our Emotions and How Our Emotions Affect Our Skin

Acne is a complex problem, and one that affects more than just the skin. Many skin professionals believe our emotions have a direct impact on our skin problems. Conversely, our skin problems can also...

What Causes Acne?

Overactive Sebaceous Glands People who are prone to acne have oil glands that produce more sebum than is necessary. Excess oil remains in the pore, blocking the sebaceous duct and creating a blockage within the follicle. This...

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Types of Pimples

Sebum refers to the oily secretion of the sebaceous glands that lubricates the hair and skin. It reaches the skin through the opening of hair follicles. During teenage, the sebaceous glands produce excessive amounts...

Causes of Acne Around the Mouth and Ways to Get Rid of It

Acne is a skin infection caused by bacteria that triggers the formation of pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. Although this skin problem is not a painful condition, it is certainly embarrassing as it mars the...

Nose Acne

Acne is a condition that chases individuals from all walks of life. It gets obsessed with you from the day you step into your teens, well into your twenties and until you get into...

Combination Skin and Acne

Normally, people believe that oily skin is most likely to suffer from acne, since acne is caused by excessive sebum production by the sebaceous glands. However, other skin types like dry or combination skin...