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by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy 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:

85%

12-24 years

8%

25-34 years

3%

35-44 years

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.

I highly effective therapy is the SanPharma Protocol. I suggest you click the hyperlink and read the associated article.

If drug use is contemplated, here is a list reflecting the monthly cost of conventional therapy:

Retin-A 0.025% cream 45 gram tube

$42.00

Cleocin T lotion 60 cc bottle

$25.00

Tetracycline 500 mg. #100

$10.00

Erythromycin 500 mg. #100

$22.00

Accutane 40 mg. #60

$210.00

Benzoyle peroxide 21%, 3 oz. tube

$17.00

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.



The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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