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Tips From Dermatologists: The How-To Guide to Applying Topical Acne Medication

Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting up to 50 million Americans annually. However, despite its prevalence, accurate information about acne can be scarce.

Many teenagers and young adults believe that they have to let acne run its course instead of treating it, while others turn to do-it-yourself treatments–like applying diaper cream or toothpaste to pimples– without much success. Yet left untreated, say dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, acne often results in significant physical and psychological problems, such as scarring, poor self-esteem, depression, and anxiety.

“As a dermatologist who treats patients with acne every day, I’ve seen firsthand the effects that acne can have on a person’s life, both physically and emotionally..If you find yourself in a bad mood or skipping outings with friends or family members because of acne, see a board-certified dermatologist for treatment,” says board-certified dermatologist Dee Anna Glaser, MD, FAAD, a professor and interim chair of dermatology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Today, says Dr. Glaser, there are many effective treatments for acne, including medications that are applied to the skin, antibiotics and in-office procedures. Some treatments that are applied to the skin, such as products containing benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or adapalene, are available over-the-counter.

However, whether a person is using an over-the-counter treatment or prescription medication, Dr. Glaser says it’s important to be patient regarding results. For example, it usually takes four to eight weeks to see improvement after using a topical medication– a treatment that is applied to the skin–and once acne clears, she says, it’s important to continue the treatment to prevent new breakouts.

It’s also important, says Dr. Glaser, to follow your dermatologist’s directions while using acne medication. Particularly for topical medications, the wrong application and skin care routine can lead to dry, irritated skin.

To get the greatest benefit from topical acne medications, Dr. Glaser recommends the following tips:

  1. Use a gentle face wash. A common misconception is that people need to use a strong face wash while also using topical acne medication. However, using a face wash that is too harsh while also using acne medication can dry out and irritate your skin. Instead, look for a mild, gentle face wash that says “oil-free” or “noncomedogenic” on the label, as these won’t clog your pores. Gently as the affected areas twice a day and after sweating.
  2. Use a pea-sized amount of medication. Using too much medication can irritate your skin, and using too little can hinder results. To make sure you’re using the right amount, put a pea-sized amount on your index finger and dot the medication on your forehead, cheeks and chin. Once dotted, rub it around to cover your whole face.
  3. Ease into the medication. Since it can take time for your skin to adjust to new medication, start by applying the product every other day instead of daily. If you don’t experience any negative side effects after a few weeks, like increased burning or redness, you can start applying the medicine every day.
  4. If irritation occurs, apply moisturizer before applying acne medication. Studies have shown that applying moisturizer before applying topical medication helps prevent the medication’s negative side effects–like peeling and redness–without changing its effectiveness. Make sure your moisturizer says “oil free” or “ocomedogenic”
  5. Protect your skin from the sun. Many acne medications cause increased sensitivity to sunlight, which can increase your chance of sunburn. Before going outdoors, apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to all exposed skin, including your scalp, ears, neck, and lips. Remember to reapply every two hours or immediately after sweating. You can also protect your skin by seeking shade and wearing protective clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection.

“Acne is a complex skin condition that can have many causes, including skin care products, fluctuating hormones, family history and stress,” says Dr. Glaser. “Further, not everyone’s acne can be treated the same way. If you have acne and over-the-counter medications aren’t bringing relief, make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist.”

In recognition of National Healthy Skin Month, the AAD is reminding the public about how to find trustworthy sources of information on skin disease, including acne, skin cancer, eczema, and psoriasis. A board-certified dermatologist has the education, training, and experience to provide the best possible medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment to patients. After earning a bachelor’s degree and medical degree, board-certified dermatologists must complete four additional years of education, including a one year internship and three yeas of dermatology residency. Before seeking dermatologic care, the AAD recommends that everyone make sure their dermatologist is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology, the American Osteopathic Association, or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

To find a board-certified dermatologist in your area click here.

The tips above are demonstrated in a video here that is posted to the AAD website and YouTube channel. This video is part of the AAD’s “Video of the Month” series, which offers tips people can use to properly care for their skin, hair, and nails. A new video in the series posts to the AAD website and YouTube channel each month.

About the AAD

Headquartered in Rosement, Ill, the American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 19,000 physicians worldwide, the AAD is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair, and nails; advocating high standards in clinical standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair, and nails . For more information, contact the AAD at 888-462-DERM (3376) or aad.org. Follow the ADD on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube

3 Must-Try Recipes to Fuel Your Fitness Routine

The following recipes are provided by Previnex, a health and wellness company that manufactures leading pharmaceutical grade, clinically proven nutritional supplements, that will help elevate your health and fitness routine in the coming months.

Easy 4-Ingredient PB & V Nourify Protein Balls:

Sometimes the easier the better and this is especially true when it comes to preparing healthy snacks for your busy and hectic weeks. Instead of grabbing those unhealthy snacks, try our 4 Ingredient PB and V Nourify Protein Balls. Not only will they help hold you over until your next meal, they’ll help keep your healthy on track!

Ingredients (Yields 26 balls):

  • 1 1/3 cup Vanilla Nourify PLUS
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup organic peanut butter (contains peanuts and salt)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix until thick dough forms (consistency should be similar to dry play dough).
  • Use a cookie scoop (or your hands) and form into small balls (approx. 1 inch in diameter).
  • Let sit in fridge for 20 minutes and Enjoy!
  • *Store leftover protein balls in fridge

Nutritional Facts (per ball):

  • Calories: 94
  • Total Fat: 5.5 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.9 g

Nourify Vegan Protein Brownie Batter Overnight Oats:

No matter how busy your morning are, you should always make time for the most important meal of the day. Breakfast not only can kick start your metabolism, but it provides the nutrients needed to get you and your brain going for your day ahead. There’s no longer an excuse for missing out on breakfast when you prepare this delicious and satisfying Nourify Vegan Protein Brownie Batter Overnight Oats. Knowing this is waiting in the morning might even get your out the door quicker!

Ingredients (Yields 1 Serving):

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop Chocolate Nourify PLUS (sub Vanilla)
  • 2 tablespoon raw cocoa powder
  • 1 packet of stevia
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a container and mix well with a spoon.
    • Ensure you mix well enough and there are no dry clumps
  • Place in fridge overnight
  • Wake up and Enjoy!
    • Oats will have a thick doughy like consistency. Add some water if needed based on personal preference.

Nutritional Facts (per ball):

  • Calories: 340
  • Total Fat: 9.25 g
  • Protein: 17 g
  • Carbohydrates: 48.5 g

Nourify Pumpkin-Banana Protein Pancakes:

Finally, the cool crisp mornings are on their way. Fall is almost here and what better way to welcome those chilly mornings than with pancakes. There is something comforting about whipping up those warm flapjacks and typically they’re reserved for the weekends. However, without Nourify Pumpkin-Banana Protein Pancakes you’ll be able to enjoy a healthy version of pancakes with some fall flavors as well. With such an easy and protein packed (17g) recipe, you might be making pancakes more than just during the weekends!

Ingredients (Yields 1 Serving):

  • 1 1/2 oat flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 scoops Vanilla Nourify PLUS (sub chocolate)
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup organic canned pumpkin
  • 3 tablespoons sucanat
  • 1 chopped organic banana
  • Pinch of salt
  • Water (as needed)

Directions:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients together with a whisk.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the egg, banana, and pumpkin.
  • Gently pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients while mixing with a rubber spatula until just combined (be careful not to over mix).
  • If dry clumps still remain, add water as needed.
    • Add enough water to make pancake batter consistency
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray.
  • Pour rounds of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles on surface and then flip with a spatula and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from pan and Enjoy!

Nutritional Facts (per 1/4 of batter):

  • Calories: 335
  • Total Fat: 8 g
  • Protein: 17 g
  • Carbohydrates: 50 g