February 18, 2010

Links Between Accutane and Severe Skin Conditions

Acne medication
Accutane may be dangerous to some users. Although Accutane has been helping many people deal with severe acne problems, the medication has also been linked to a series of extreme skin reactions. These are rare, but they can result in hospitalization, disability, or death.

Officials are warning those using Accutane to discontinue their use if they experience a rash, often accompanied by a fever, malaise, or irritated eyes, blisters or sores on the legs, arms or face, sores in the mouth, throat, nose or eyes, or skin peeling. Contact your doctor immediately after you notice any of these signs.

Some that have reported severe side effects have experienced rather gruesome skin conditions. Stevens-Johnson syndrome has been caused by Accutane, which results in the outer layer of skin separating from the dermis.

This isn’t the first time Accutane has been criticized for its side effects. In the early 80’s, women were reported to be having miscarriages or having children with birth defects as a result of the medication. Additionally, the medication has also been linked to causing depression and suicide; however there is no completely proven link.

November 9, 2006

Duac Acne Gel

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Duac acne gel contains the active combination of clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide. Together they are proven to help fight acne more effectively than when either is used alone.

Why do I have acne?

During puberty your body starts producing hormones. These hormones cause glands in your skin to make larger amounts of oil. The biggest culprits in oil production are the male hormones (androgens), which females have as well (but only in smaller amounts). The oil, mixed with dead skin cells, sometimes clogs the pores. Clogged pores are a great place for normal skin bacteria to multiply. This growth produces inflammation of the pore. When the pore bursts, inflammation spreads to other parts of your skin. That’s how blackheads become pimples, and possibly hard nodules.

Acne usually develops in your early teens and disappears by your mid 20s. But it can last longer. Whether you are male or female can make a difference. As a woman, when you get older, your menstrual cycle and changing hormones cause more oil to be produced in your pores. Some women get outbreaks around the time of their period. Even as you become an adult, your hormonal patterns can still cause acne. People can also develop adult acne during pregnancy or when they stop taking birth control pills. Some acne cases have been linked to ovarian cysts. The one common factor is a change in hormones. Another factor is the cosmetics you use. Make sure you’re using noncomedogenic (look for it on the label) cosmetics. Noncomedogenic means it doesn’t close your pores.

For men with acne usually disappears in your twenties. But it can persist even as an adult. This is more likely to occur with the type of outbreaks that affect the body as well as the face. Males are more prone to have this pattern of outbreaks than females. It’s rare, however, for a man to develop pimples if he didn’t have them as a teenager. There are no absolute rules on this.

Male or female it’s always best to speak with a dermatologist to better assess what is causing your acne.

What are the benefits of Duac acne gel?

  • You use Duac only once a day – unless your doctor instructs otherwise
  • It is ready to dispense – the pharmacist doesn’t have to mix it
  • There is no refrigeration required
  • Duac is water-based, fragrance and alcohol-free
  • It won’t interfere with wearing your make-up – apply it before putting on make-up
  • Goes on smoothly

Does Duac have any side effects?

Side effects of Duac may include redness, peeling, burning, and dryness. Clindamycin, an ingredient of Duac, may cause diarrhea. If you experience severe diarrhea, stop using Duac and consult your physician immediately. You should not use Duac if you are allergic to clindamycin, the antibiotic lincomycin, benzoyl peroxide, any of its components or if you have a history of colitis.

Always follow your doctor’s instructions closely when using Duac acne gel. If you have not used the entire tube of Duac acne gel in 60 days, throw away the remainder.

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