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Treat Mild to Severe Acne With Our Compounded Pharmaceuticals

Acne affects many sufferers chronically. If not properly treated, it can have long-term implications for the health of your skin, as well as how affected areas look and feel. Individuals who suffer from acne experience recurring inflammation of their sebaceous glands in affected areas of their skin, following the blockage of hair follicles with oil, dead skin cells, and other debris.

It affects such parts of the body as the chest and back, the neck and shoulders, the thighs, and the face. The face is often a particular target, but some patients experience their most severe outbreaks elsewhere. Symptoms manifest in the following ways:

  • Pimples, or "zits," are simple pustules that vary in size.
  • Comedones, often called "blackheads" or "whiteheads," are harder papules with a darker appearance.
  • Color changes, often with redness and swelling, in the area around a breakout; this can also result in subcutaneous scarring.

Who Suffers from Acne?

Acne is most frequently encountered among teenagers, with most cases of moderate to severe acne afflicting those in the latter half of their teenage years. The social and psychological effects of severe acne are particularly severe during this time, as young people begin to experience new types of social interaction, and are under tremendous pressure to meet a wide variety of expectations.

More than 85% of all acne cases occur within the sixteen- to eighteen-year-old age bracket. Outside of this consideration, acne appears to affect people of either gender equally, and no one race or ethnicity appears to be either particularly vulnerable or immune to its effects. Anyone can experience acne; it has been known to occur even in young children, and in adults outside of the given age bracket.

Severity of an Acne Diagnosis:

  • Mild: <30 lesions (all types are considered)
  • Moderate: 30-125 lesions
  • Severe: >125 lesions.

Causes of Acne

  • Some conditions and medications which concern the immune system can aggravate acne.
  • Fluctuating hormone levels can lead to chronically bad acne.
  • Some types of bacteria are known to contribute to acne directly.
  • Certain hair follicle microstructures can affect the likelihood of chronic acne.
  • Particularly bad acne is often inherited genetically.

Flare-Up Factors:

  • A severe flare-up may be a sign of polycystic ovarian disease (POD).
  • Many prescription drug types, including steroids and hormone therapies.
  • Occlusive cosmetics may worsen an outbreak.
  • Spending a lot of time in a humid environment.
  • A diet that is high in dairy products and sugars, particularly carbohydrates.

Clinical Features of Acne
A diagnosis of acne is based upon the presence of inflamed papules and pustules, with larger nodules and cyst-like structures appearing in more severe cases. Also considered a part of an acne diagnosis are the physical scars of prior breakouts, and the social and psychological effects resulting from the reception of the condition by one's peers.

Medications to Treat Acne

We offer our clients, both patients and doctors, a wide variety of medications which include the following:

Over-the-Counter Medications:

  • Retin-A
  • Differin
  • Accutane
  • Aldactone
  • Aczone
  • Benzaclin

Compounded Medications:
We can make foam cleansers, cleansing pads, creams, lotions, gels and masks with the following:

  • Salicylic acid
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Clindamycin
  • Doxycycline
  • Erythromycin
  • Tetracycline   
  • Tretinoin
  • Mandelic acid
  • Niacinamide
  • Potassium azelaoyl digycinate
  • "It is rare to find health professionals who are so willing to educate the patient on what they need to know."

    Clair C. | West Hollywood, CA