Acne vulgaris is a common skin disorder with inflamation of the pilosebaceous glands, the glands responsible for producing
oil for the hair. It is more likely to occur in younger age groups and is more prevalent in males. The most strongly associated
conditions are testosterone level and intake of "greasy" foods, primarily trans-fatty acids (TFAs) which are man-made
alterations of the naturally occurring essential fatty acids. TFAs are present in almost all processed foods, most candies,
chips, etc. Also they are the main components of margarine.
Seventeen million persons are said to have AV in the U.S. The statistics break down like this:
Percentage of Men and Women Who Have AV by Age Group:
Common acne is the most prevalent skin disorder seen by dermatologists, about one in six visits to
dermatologists are for acne. Most of these cases are AV (common acne). Acne vulgaris usually develops after
onset of puberty, and thus affects teenagers disproportionately. Various forms of acne, however, can affect
people of all ages, from infants to the elderly. Acne can cause disfigurement and permanent scarring, thus
having an adverse effect on psychological development. Embarrassment, social phobia and depression are
linked to acne.
Severe acne, manifested clinically by nodules and cysts, affects more men than women in the 18–28 age group (35% vs.
23%). More women than men are affected from ages 29–49 years. Milder forms of acne occur mostly in women.
In addition to poor diet or poor hygiene, factors beyond a person’s control have significant impact.
Age, heredity, stress, hormonal changes and onset of puberty can trigger the changes leading to an outbreak.
The treatment of acne vulgaris in a culture which craves a quick fix has been, predictably, with medication. Because these
medications are expensive and not altogether safe, no treatment regime should be undertaken without weighing all the
factors. Willingness to leave off junk food, psychological impact, commitment to therapy, and cost of treatment should all be
considered. The best sort of doctor to see for treatment which will result in long term improvement of both the acne
condition and health in general are those who practice holistic medicine. The entire patient must be looked at and dealt with if
a satisfactory outcome is to be expected. The use of dietary supplements should not be overlooked and is best addressed in
partnership with a doctor who practices nutritional medicine.
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If drug use is contemplated, here is a list reflecting the monthly cost of conventional
Retin-A 0.025% cream 45 gram tube
Cleocin T lotion 60 cc bottle
Tetracycline 500 mg. #100
Erythromycin 500 mg. #100
Accutane 40 mg. #60
Benzoyle peroxide 21%, 3 oz. tube
Accutane in particular is a dangerous drug, not to mention expensive. Always read the warnings on the labels of
medications before deciding to use them and take the warnings seriously. For example, Accutane is well known
to produce birth defects and even minute quantities in a pregnant female are dangerous to the fetus.