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What products are good for a woman who’s still getting breakouts but is also seeing the beginnings of wrinkles? My dermatologist has suggested Roaccutane and as I have grown up children, risks associated with pregnancy are not an issue. I am 44 years old.

A

Adult acne affects almost fifty percent of women at some time in their adult life and there is no definitive explanation as to why it occurs – it may be due to hormonal changes, stress, certain medication or even your skin care products. In some people it is sporadic and in others, continuous and there is no uniform description for the problem.

What Causes Acne ?

There are several factors that lead to acne, including over production of sebum by the sebaceous glands (oil-producing glands) in the skin, acne related bacteria within hair follicles (where the sebum is released) and both of those clumping with dead skin cells to block the follicles. Generally, treatments for acne address one or several of these issues.

Be Extra Cautious With Retinoic Acid Medications

Your dermatologist has suggested that you take Roaccutane, which is which is a derivative of vitamin A, because it addresses all of the factors involved in the formation of acne lesions and is the most effective treatment for acne. However, you should be made well aware of the many side effects associated with the drug, which are not merely limited to birth defects. In fact, the sales of Roacuttane or Accutane have been suspended by its manufacturer Hoffman LaRoche, as a result of millions of dollars being awarded as compensation to patients that developed inflammatory bowel disease. Although Hoffman La Roche stated that it had taken Accutane off the market not for safety reasons, but rather due to the pressure and cost of defending Accutane lawsuits. The University of North Carolina released study results that found Accutane users had almost twice the chance of developing severe bowel disorders than consumers who did not take the medication. In your case, you may wish to start with a topical treatment containing Retinoic acid, a metabolite of Vitamin A, which will serve to keep acne at bay and at the same time rejuvenate you skin.

Desirable Effects Of Retinoic Acid

This Vitamin A metabolite is the only compound approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the USA for reversing skin aging, reducing wrinkles and dark spots. It reduces sebum secretion by shrinking the sebaceous glands and unclogging hair follicles. It also increases the thickness of the epidermal layer of the skin and stimulates the deposition of collagen in the skin’s dermis.

Looking For Natural Remedies? Consider Ayurvedic Solutions for Acne

Ayurveda is an ancient holistic medical practice that utilizes therapeutic herbal science to heal body ailments. Ayurvedic medicine has developed more than three thousand years ago in India and is based on the belief that health and well-being are highly dependent on a delicate balance between the mind, body and spirit.

 

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