Acne

FACTS & FIGURES

Acne is the most common skin problem in the US

40-50 million sufferers at any given time

85% of all people have suffered from acne

92% of acne sufferers have felt depressed; 14% have felt suicidal

Only 11% of acne sufferers will seek help from a physician.

30% of sufferers will use OTC medication from a drug store of pharmacy

40% of sufferers will do nothing to treat their condition

85% of teenagers & 20% of adults are suffering from acne

CAUSE:

Clogging of the pores with dirt, debris, and sebum cause a build-up of dead skin material in the hair follicle (Blackhead, Whitehead).  Bacteria and inflammatory cells attack the dead skin material and cause swelling, inflammation, and infection (Pimple, Zit, Acne papule). More inflammatory cells, including white blood cells, enter the area to kill the bacteria (Pustule, Pus pimple).

clogged-pores-diagram 

COST FOR ACNE TREATMENTS:

Over-the-Counter medications:
Choose products that list Salicylic Acid and or Benzoyl Peroxide as an active ingredient.
Monthly Cost- $20-$50

Prescription Topical Medications:
Salicylic Acid, Benzoyl Peroxide, Retinoids, Dapsone, Sodium Sulfacetamide;
Monthly Cost- $200-$500

Chemical Peels:
Salicyclic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Trichloroacetic Acid
Monthly Cost- $200-$300

Extractions:
Physical removal for blackheads and whiteheads (medical facial)
Monthly Cost- $100-$300

Prescription Oral Antibiotic Medications:
Doxycycline, Minocycline, Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole;
Monthly Cost- $50-$100

Prescription Oral Anti-Hormonal Medication:
Spironolactone
Monthly Cost- $50

Blue Light Treatments:
Intense blue light treatments help kill acne causing bacteria.
Monthly Cost- $400-$600

Photodynamic Therapy:
Amino-levulinic acid
Monthly Cost- $400-$600

Prescription Oral Retinoid:
Isotretinoin; (6 month treatment course); $300-$600 per month for medication  + $100 per month doctor’s visits + $100 per month blood tests

American Acne and Rosacea Society:
http://www.acneandrosacea.org/

American Academy of Dermatology:
www.aad.org/

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