Proper hygiene and hydration with specific products are the key to properly treat acne elements. This is reflected in a new tab Recommendations SEFAC the population that the Spanish Society of Family and Community Pharmacy (SEFAC) has released today. It has the support of Ducray (Pierre Fabre) and can be found in the documents section of the web of society .
- Treatments such as antibiotics and retinoic acid derivatives (topical or oral) increase sensitivity to the sun
While acne usually appears at puberty associated with other hormonal changes (appearance of hair, growth of mammary glands, etc.), this situation can be maintained over time or appear later, so it is not a problem to be exclusively associated with adolescent skin. However, it is important to note that the treatment of youthful skin with acne may not be identical to mature skin .
Therefore, the main recommendations to properly treat acne include:
• Wear proper hygiene. This implies morning and evening use specific cleaning products, detergents not free from dry skin and avoid increasing oil production. This will prevent superinfection of the skin.
• Use specific moisturizing treatments. Must always be free of grease and chosen depending on whether what predominate are blackheads, pimples or if the skin is treated with a topical dermatological product or any drug that produces irritation or dryness.
• Pimples can be treated locally. With products such as benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid products or antibiotics.
• If acne is being treated with drugs dermatologist prescription instructions must be strictly followed. Keep in mind that there are treatments such as antibiotics and retinoic acid derivatives (topical or oral) that increase sensitivity to the sun, so that with these treatments sunscreen should be used. The use of sunscreens should also be considered with prescribed oral contraceptives to control sebum production, as these products also increase the sensitivity of the skin to sunlight and its use is associated with the appearance of spots.
• Treatments with retinoic acid derivatives (topical or oral) produce extreme dry skin. To address this side effect are specific hydration products repairing treated in the skin and mouth areas.
• It is essential not handle injuries. Must avoid scratching, squeezing or rubbing the comedones to prevent the infection from spreading and leaving marks on the skin. The appearance of acne does not have to leave marks, as long as the injury is not handled.
• Consult your dermatologist in case of pain. If comedones are plentiful, painful and are widespread (face, back, chest, etc.) it is advisable to consult a dermatologist.
It is also important to know that because acne is a hormonal problem can not be avoided, but can be controlled . Its duration depends on the time it takes to stabilize the hormone pattern or, if the treatment goes beyond hygiene and hydration (eg antibiotics or retinoic acid derivatives), it can vary between six months and one year depending on the gravity. Moreover, in women the appearance of comedones may increase with own menstrual cycle changes.
As for the use of makeup, they do not have to be a problem as long as suitable products (make – textured oil-free to avoid blocking the pore to prevent superinfection) are used.
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