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No Acne – New Book – Tips and Tricks to get rid of Your pimples

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Read some of the recent readers  reviews:

Review by: Matt Kelland on June 01, 2012 : star star star star star
Acne affects almost everyone – 85% of people will suffer from it at some point in their lives, whether in their teenage years or later. This simple, easy to read book does four things really well. First, it explains what acne is and why you get it. Second, it dispels some of the common myths about acne. Third, it outlines the common treatments available, whether they’re home remedies, OTC medicines, or require medical assistance.

Fourth, and perhaps most important, it gives you a useful list of simple do’s and don’ts. I didn’t know, for example, that shaving in two directions can break the hairs and cause a spot, or that leaving the shaving gel on for a few minutes before shaving reduces the chances of folliculitis. Even changing your toothpaste can reduce the severity of acne.

Well recommended.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Danielle Christine on May 21, 2012 : star star star star star
I bought this book for my teenage daughter. It is a very clearly written guide on acne and its treatment. It not only describes different methods on how to treat pimples but also goes over some common myths and tips, including info about your skin and what causes acne. I was pleased with the book and would recommend it to anyone who suffers from acne.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: MP Publishing on May 21, 2012 : star star star star star
This guide is for anyone – teen or adult – who suffers from acne and needs help to get clear skin. It really helped me understand what causes acne and what makes it worse. You will also get a very thorough descriptions on different treatment methods from soaps and creams to antibiotics and other medications such as accutane. Very easy to read guide written by a dermatologist that goes to the point and does not contain any nonsense.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jeniffer on March 30, 2012 : (no rating)
I had 2 kids with acne. This book helped me a lot to understand the causes of the problem. The tips in the book are clear and super usefull. Uptodate, Clear, concise and absolutely non comercial. I finally know what to do. Highly recommended to anyone with Acne or Acne in the family.

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No Acne - The Dermatologist way to clear skin. - Yoram Harth MD FAAD


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Acne Rosacea Treatment – Best Practical Advice

What is  Rosacea?

Rosacea: is sometimes called adult acne adult. Rosacea is  most common in people with light skin usually appears after the age 30. The patients often have redness on the cheeks, forehead and chin. Later in life small acne-like pimples  can develop in those areas covered   with  enlarged capillaries (Cuprose).

What are the signs of  Rosacea?

Frequent  or  constant  flushing and redness of skin  is common. At the beginning of the disease the  flush  appears and disappears. Later it becomes a permanent with  red cheeks, forehead and chin.

Pimple breakouts: Over the years, people with Rosacea  may  have small red acne like  pimples). Unlike the skin with acne – people with Rosacea do not  have comedones  (black and white points) and their pimples  usually do not appear on the neck and back or chest.

Enlargement  of capillaries: People with Rosacea there usually enlarged  small capillaries mainly cheeks and chin.

Less common signs:

Red eyelids: Also known as Ocular Rosacea. Expressed a sense of constant irritation of the  eyelids with watery discharge and redness of the conjunctiva. Severe cases may  require the treatment of  an ophthalmologist.

Feeling of dry skin: facial skin burns and feels irritated.

Thickening of facial skin and nose: in more difficult cases, especially men, can develop skin thickening nose to the point called Rhinophyma.

In rare cases, the signs will also appearon  the neck,  chest and  behind the ears.

What makes  Rosacea  worse ?


Some cosmetic materials27%                                                                                                                                        

Hot weather75%

Certain medications15%


Other diseases15%

Strenuous exercise56%

Fruit Types13%


Corned Beef10%

Hot bath51%

Certain vegetables9%

Cold weather46%

Dairy products8%

Spicy food45%

Other factors24%


Hot drinks36%

Heat inside the home!41%

* Results of a study on 1066 patients with Rosea

Treatment or  Rosacea:

The first law is strict avoidance of all the factors below.

There are few treatments later dermatologist can offer:

Topical creams: it is generally assumed that some cases  the  rosacea  is  due  to  response  to a  parasite called Demodex. This  parasite populates  the  sebaceous  glands. Treatment gel that contains metronidazole may help  in these  cases.

Antibiotic treatment: different antibiotics, especially the kind Minocycline  can destroy  p acnes bacteria  and  reduce  skin inflammation in rosacea.

Laser therapy or IPL: lasers or  intense pulse light  devices (IPL)  to collapse the enlarged  blood vessels in the  rosaceous  skin and
reduce  skin redness.

Photodynamic therapy:

The most innovative treatment for rosacea  today is photodynamic therapy. This treatment was applied to the skin a substance called ALA. This material is selectively absorbed by the sebaceous  glands and some of the superficial skin capillaries. After about an hour and skin is exposed to blue light (425  nanometer  –  without UV) – which triggers  a chemical reaction in the skin – called a Photodynamic reaction. The advantage of  PDT  for  Rosacea is that it does not require expensive laser treatments, hospitalization or anesthesia. PDT   has frequently good  cosmetic results without the risk of hyperpigmentation after treatmenAdd an Imaget.

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Acne Creams Which Ones To Choose – Dermatologist’s View

Acne  Creams Which Ones  To Choose

Benzoyl Peroxide:

Benzoyl Peroxide is at the moment the most common topical compound used to treat acne. It usually comes in a clear gel form, and occasionally contains oxy tint, an ingredient designed to conceal blemishes.


Benzoyl Peroxide’s main action is destroying bacteria in the upper parts of the sebaceous glands.

Side effects:

Benzoyl Peroxide’s main drawback is that in many patients, it causes severe skin irritation, dryness, or redness in the treated area. A small number of patients discover that they are actually allergic to Benzoyl Peroxide. Overuse can cause severe dryness and irritation, and even exacerbate the case of acne. You should also know that Benzoyl Peroxide can bleach or stain clothing with which it comes into contact, so that patients who use it to treat acne on the back may want to take this into account when choosing what to wear.

Directions for use:

Benzoyl Peroxide-containing creams or ointments are definitely suitable for treating all mild cases of acne. Patients with only a few pimples may apply it directly to those places. If there are more than just a few pimples, spread a thin film of cream or ointment over the entire affected area, in order to prevent the acne from spreading. Always start with a strength of 2.5% and see how your skin reacts to it. The first week, apply the cream or ointment once a day, then wash it off after one hour. The second week, leave it on for two hours every evening. If no redness or dryness occurs, then the third week it may be left on overnight.

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Topical  retinoids  for  Acne:

Retinoid topical formulations are based on a Vitamin A acid known as tretinoin, or retinoic acid. Tretinoin breaks through the blockage in the sebaceous glands, and in so doing, reduces the number of comedones, or blackheads and whiteheads, which go on to develop into acne pimples. Because tretinoin reduces the number of comedones, it also reduces the production of infectious blemishes which appear as reddish acne pimples.

Tretinoin’s / retinoic acid’s side effects

Tretinoin causes light peeling and a sensation of dryness of the skin. This is because tretinoin causes a certain thinning of the epidermis, or outer layer of skin. Occasionally, the case of acne worsens during the first month of treatment with tretinoin. In all cases, since the epidermis is thinner, there is increased sensitivity to the sun, and proper precautions should be taken.

How to use tretinoin

Products containing tretinoin come in both cream or gel form, so the patient may choose his or her preference. Gel is more suitable for oily skin, and cream for drier skin. Always apply the product at night, and in very small amounts—some say even a pea-sized dab is enough for your entire face. Apply sunscreen every morning before going out, and naturally you’ll want to refrain from sunbathing entirely. Overexposure to the sun while using tretinoin can cause severe irritation to the skin, and even lead to scarring.

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Acne Pimples – The Seven Most Important Tips


[1] Acne goes away by itself in time.

The truth: acne can last for years after adolescence, and there are many adults 
who suffer from it.

Acne 10 best effectives treatment ideas from a board certified dermatologist

[2] Lack of physical exercise or sexual activity causes or worsens acne.

The truth: At the time of this writing, no clear connection has been found between acne and physical activity or sexual relations.

[3] Acne is caused by eating “unhealthy food.”

The truth: Despite the fact that in most cases improper diet does not cause acne, there are dermatologists and researchers who believe that eating large quantities of greasy foods and snacks and spicy food can worsen the condition.

[4] Strong soap should be used frequently to dry acne pustules.

The truth: Skin which has been affected by acne is generally sensitive and irritated.  Therefore, it should be washed with mild soap no more frequently than twice a day.

[5] Extracting blackheads and whiteheads will prevent acne.

The truth: While it is true that professional extraction of comedos (blackheads) by a cosmetician will prevent the development of some of the pustules, it is only a temporary and partial treatment.  It is preferable to use the correct ointments and lotions and sometimes to take antibiotics, which are more efficient in preventing acne pustules.

[6] Squeezing the pustules will get rid of them.

The truth: Squeezing the pustules forces the inflamed sebaceous gland deeper into the skin and increases the risk of scarring.

[7] Extended exposure to sunlight can cure acne.

The truth: While it is true that monitored exposure to sunlight can improve acne, the improvement will be short-lived and cumulative exposure will cause irreversible damage to the skin.

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Acne Vulgaris – Why Me ?

Acne Vulgaris

Acne is a common skin condition which affects 80% to 90% of the population.  It takes different forms and varies in severity from one person to another, often changing as the patient ages.  Despite the fact that it most often appears in adolescence, it can appear as early as the age of nine and continue till the age of 35 or 40, and it can even affect infants for a limited number of weeks.  Men usually have worse cases of acne than women, but the condition lasts longer in women than in men.Acne appears in different degrees of severity.

“Lucky” people show only one or two infrequent little spots, whereas the “unlucky” suffer from a large number of pustules (blisters which contain pus) on the forehead, cheeks, chin, chest and back; the greater the number of pustules, the greater the danger of scarring.

The main cause of acne (from adolescence onward) is  overactivity and blocking of the sebaceous glands.  These glands are present in the skin from birth, but in adolescence, as a result of the increased production of male sex hormones called androgens, the glands grow and produce a large quantity of an oily substance known as sebum.  Androgens are present in both men and women, and most acne sufferers have normal levels of these hormones in their blood.  In recent years it has been discovered that the severity of acne depends not upon the quantity in which they are produced, but on way in which the sebaceous glands react to them.  It would appear that in people who have a hereditary tendency towards severe acne, the glands in the skin react more strongly to the same quantity of hormones than do the glands of people who have milder cases.

Sebaceous glands which have grown rapidly and produce large quantities of sebum are liable to become blocked and to produce comedos (blackheads).  When the upper surface of the comedo is exposed to the air it oxidizes and turns black.  When not exposed to the air, it has the appearance of a small white gland or fat deposit under the skin.


  1. Menstruation
  2. Drugs such as steroids (cortisone), lithium, Vitamin B12, drugs used in the treatment of epilepsy, drugs containing iodine
  3. Muscle-building hormones
  4. Exposure of the face or body to motor oil or grease
  5. Birth control pills containing small amounts of estrogen and larger amounts of progesterone
  6. Discontinuation of birth control pills
  7. The use of greasy ointments and lotions
  8. Excessive face-washing (more than three times a day)
  9. Rubbing or scratching or “picking at” the face
  10. The use of a toothpaste containing fluoride (acne around the mouth and lips)
  11. Excessive use of hair gels and creams (acne of the forehead)
  12. Greasy foods and snacks, spicy foods (for some people only.  Each person must discover for himself which foods worsen his acne.)
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Accutane Tips and Tricks


The main effect of Accutane is in reducing the size and activity of the skin sebaceous glands. In some patients, Accutane causes a decrease in the quantity of sebum produced which lasts from two months to a year after completing the treatment. Additionally, a measurable reduction in the quantity of acne bacteria in the glands occurs. This decrease in the quantity of bacteria is not directly related to Accutan’s action, but rather is a result of the decrease in the size of the glands and in the quantity of sebum in them (the fatty substance found in the skin).  Accutane causes a decrease in the sebum-producing cells in the gland, in turn reducing the total quantity of sebum by 90% or more. The exact reason for the effect that Accutane has on the cells in the gland is not known for certain.

Unblocking the openings of the sebaceous glands

Accutane also suppresses the production of skin cells which block the openings to the sebaceous glands. As a result, the quantity of comedones, or blackheads, and milia, or whiteheads, is reduced. A decrease in comedones in turn causes a decrease in the development of suppurations, or pus-filled acne pimples, whose formation we seek to prevent.

Anti-inflammatory activity

It has been found that Accutane decreases inflammation in laboratory trials, yet the clinical significance of this discovery remains unclear.

Accutane’s side effects

Accutane is particularly effective in mid-range severity cases of acne, which have not responded to treatments such as ointments or oral antibiotics. The most significant risk in taking Accutane is its potential for causing birth defects in the developing fetus of a pregnant acne patient. Because of this risk, female patients should take care not to conceive while using Accutane and for at least three months following the end of treatment.

How to get the most out of Accutane??

Attention female patients !!!

Accutane has been proven to cause birth defects in developing fetuses. Due to this danger, it is absolutely prohibited to conceive during Roaccutane treatment and for at least three months thereafter. All female users of Accutane should use two birth control methods during this entire period.

All patients:

All Accutane users should expect mild chapping of the lips, and occasionally peeling of the skin surrounding the fingernails. The chapping and / or peeling will disappear by the end of the treatment. Relief from dry skin is available in the form of creams which the doctor will provide. In rare cases, dryness of the nose, slight hair loss, or impaired night vision is experienced, all of which disappear by the end of treatment. In still rarer cases, a change in liver function, an increase in fat production, or mood changes can occur. Inform your doctor of any kidney or liver disorders, high fat content in the blood, or depression in your family or medical history. A blood count should be performed before starting treatment, as well as once a month during treatment. The doctor should also be informed of any inordinate physical exertion undergone by the patient during Accutane treatment. Avoid taking any vitamin supplements, as well as over-exposure to the sun, while taking Accutane.

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Acne Flareups – 12 Most Common Causes


    Menstrual cycle

  2. Drugs such as corticosteroids , lithium, Vitamin B12, drugs used in the treatment of epilepsy, drugs containing iodine
  3. Muscle-building hormones
  4. Exposure of the face or body to motor oil or grease
  5. Birth control pills containing small amounts of estrogen and larger amounts of progesterone
  6. Discontinuation of birth control pills
  7. The use of greasy ointments and lotions
  8. Excessive face-washing (more than three times a day)
  9. Rubbing or scratching or “picking at” the face
  10. The use of a toothpaste containing fluoride (acne around the mouth and lips)
  11. Excessive use of hair gels and creams (acne of the forehead)
  12. Greasy foods and snacks, spicy foods (for some people only. Each person must discover for himself which foods worsen his acne.)
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Acne Treatment – Advanced Tips And Tricks For The 21st Century

Based on  my experience in treating thousands of cases of acne, I would advise any young person who begins to develop acne to consult a dermatologist.  The appearance of the pustules themselves as well as the marks and scars they leave have an enormous influence on the mood and even on the social standing of a young person.

It is most unfortunate that many young people do not know that 99% of acne cases can be treated, and that proper treatment prescribed by a skilled dermatologist can greatly alleviate the suffering and symptoms.Individual treatment is prescribed according to the severity and type the acne.  During the first visit at the dermatologist’s office, the doctor examines the acne, determines which factors worsen the case and explains to the patient how to avoid them.  Since most of the ointments and lotions used to treat acne dry the skin, I advise the use of a soap which cleans the skin but does not dry it.  In most cases an antibiotic liquid should be swabbed onto the skin in the morning (brand names: Acnetrim, Akne-mycin, Dalacin T), and in the evening an ointment or gelcontaining a substance called benzoyl peroxide (brand names: Panoxyl Gel, Oxy, Akneroid) should be applied.  These substances open the sebaceous glands and reduce the number of bacteria found in them.  If there are many blackheads or whiteheads present, it is advisable to use a preparation containing various concentrations of retinoic acid (brand names: Retin A, Locacid).  Since the use of retinoic acid can cause redness and sensitivity, it is important to protect the skin from direct sunlight during the morning and afternoon hours.

In severe and moderate cases of acne – 

it is advisable to complement the treatment with the use of antibiotics from the tetracycline group.  Antibiotic treatment can last from four months to several years, and in most cases has no side effects.

In exceptionally severe cases, those which do not respond to antibiotic treatment, a drug called Roaccutane should be considered.  This preparation is based on Vitamin A and represents a real breakthrough in treating dermatological diseases.  It reduces the size of the enlarged sebaceous glands of people suffering from severe cases of acne and thus leads to a significant improvement in the most difficult conditions. The course of treatment lasts three months and only in extremely rare cases is an additional three-month course necessary.  Accutane’s most usual side effect is a dryness and slight peeling of the skin around the lips and fingernails, and these disappear when the treatment has been completed.  In spite of the fact that the drug is considered safe, it is advisable to check the level of blood lipids and liver function monthly during the course of the treatment.
IMPORTANT: It is absolutely forbidden to initiate a pregnancy while this drug is being taken or until at least two months after the cessation of treatment.
Remember that at least a month to six weeks will be necessary before the influence of any acne treatment is noticed, and that the treatment must continue for a matter of months.  Sometimes the condition becomes worse at the beginning of the treatment, and for that reason it is important for the patient to schedule regular visits to the dermatologist at least once every other month, since the treatment may have to be changed as it progresses.

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