Anesthesia may cause acne

Acne: Advice on social media is mostly inadequate or flawed


Acne or acne vulgaris is an inflammatory disease of the sebum glands that affects the majority of young people. This age group often seeks advice on social media such as YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter. The recommendations there range from dietary supplements to dietary recommendations. Many of these methods have not been scientifically proven. Accordingly, they are usually unsuccessful, according to an American study.

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“The adolescent doctor or a dermatologist could protect teenagers from this misinformation. Correspondingly well-founded treatment can reduce the level of suffering caused by the impure skin and counteract the formation of scars, ”explains Dr. Monika Niehaus, pediatrician and member of the expert committee of the Professional Association of Pediatricians (BVKJ) with reference to the current study, which was published in "Pediatric Dermatology". In about 20% of the acne patients affected, drug treatment makes sense and is successful. In the case of light forms, means for external application are usually sufficient. A video consultation can be helpful in many cases, especially with skin problems.

A certain hereditary predisposition, stress, and a diet high in carbohydrates and fat apparently favor acne. Spicy food, on the other hand, has no effect on the skin's appearance. Individual factors, such as the severity of the acne, play a role in the treatment. Important information for the doctor includes how and when the acne formed. In some cases, acne-causing medications, such as cortisone or psychiatric drugs, can be used. If certain pathogens are responsible for the acne, an antibiotic, for example, can help. “Patients usually need patience, because the first phase of therapy can last about three months and initially lead to deterioration. In most cases, maintenance therapy is then required in order to maintain a clear complexion. For example, it can consist of an emulsion applied once or twice a week, "warns Dr. Never house. Oil-in-water emulsions and hydrogels are suitable for the care of blemished skin. The latter host a particularly large amount of water. Oil-in-water emulsions also contain more water than oil, are quickly absorbed and leave little or no greasy film on the skin. Highly fatty creams, on the other hand, are unsuitable as they tend to clog the skin pores. Fruit acid, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and lactic acid help open pimples and dissolve blackheads.

Sources: MMW Fortschr Med,, Ped Derm
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