October 3rd, 2016
Accutane (Isotretinoin), or Roaccutane as it is known in parts of the world, was discovered in 1979 when it was first given to patients with severe acne. It was originally recommended for people with severe acne that did not respond to other treatments, but has gained in popularity in the past 25 years and is prescribed more and more frequently for less severe acne. This practice is controversial because Accutane is a serious medication that can cause severe birth defects as well as potentially long-lasting side effects to the user. Accutane is a medication taken orally and only for a limited time due to the severity of the drug.
In most cases acne can be treated topically without any risk. It just requires the individual to be consistent with their home care routine. My advice would be to always try and treat topically first. The risk of side effects simply isn’t worth it. (See side effects below!)
So how does Accutane work?
Exactly how Accutane works on a cellular level is unknown but we do know that it affects all four ways that acne develops:
1) It dramatically reduces the size of the skins oil glands, therefore reducing the amount of oil the glands produce.
2) Acne bacteria (P.acnes) causes acne which lives in the skins oil, therefore reducing the amount of bacteria
3) It slows down how fast the skin produces skin cells inside the pore, which helps pores from becoming clogged
4) It has anti-inflammatory properties
Does it work for everyone?
Acne may get worse within the first month of Accutane and studies show a relapse of about 33% in most patients, not to mention all the side effects (stated below) so please know while it can successfully clear some patients acne, it isn’t a CURE for everyone!
Accutante side effects:
Accutane is a systemic medication that affects the entire body. Side effects are numerous and widespread and affect almost 80% of patients. Side effects are most often mild to moderate but in some cases they can be severe or long term.
July 18th, 2016
Sweat doesn’t cause acne, however if you are prone to acne or occasional break outs, sweat will aggravate your skin and may make it worse!
Letting sweat sit on your skin for any prolonged length of time could be problematic. Sweat carries toxins, oil, dirt and make up (built up in your pores) and if it settles back into your skin, it could cause further breakouts.
Wash your face before exercise so it is clean of oil, dirt and makeup. Don’t be that person working out with a full face of heavy make-up, as your pores will clog before you even start! That said, I do understand this is easier said than done, especially for those suffering with heavy acne. If you simply can’t bear to workout with no makeup, apply some light mineral powder, as this is less likely to break you out.
After your workout (and I mean literally after you drop those weights!) go and wash your face! The sooner you wash the sweat of your face, the clearer your skin will be! FACT!!
For those of you who breakout on other areas of your body (back or chest) the same rules apply. Keep the skin as clean as you can and shower immediately after finishing anything that causes you to perspire. Try to wear loose fitting clothes, made of cotton or natural fiber, so that your skin can breathe. Synthetic fabrics tend to hold moisture in and may make the problem worse. Always be sure to wash clothes and headbands every time you sweat and wipe down yoga mats with alcohol to remove any sweat or oil.
Happy Sweating 🙂
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