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AAD Addresses Cosmetic Aging and Potential Treatments

Posted: November 11, 2009

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For women whose acne is attributed to cosmetics, Jaliman advises patients to stop using these products and switch to a different brand that has been tested as non-comedogenic. “With acne cosmetica, stopping use of the cosmetics is an important first step, but a dermatologist should still extract all the clogged pores and prescribe a topical medication for long-term clearing.”

In addition, a type of acne that frequently occurs in African-Americans and is caused by hair products is pomade acne. Because African-Americans tend to have dry hair, they often use conditioners and products that are very oily to help add moisture to the hair. However, these products tend to be comedogenic and can cause acne breakouts in areas where they come into contact with the skin, such as around the hairline, on the forehead and at the nape of the neck. If this occurs, Jaliman said people should stop using these products and see a dermatologist to successfully clear the acne.

Rosacea can be managed

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition characterized by redness, swelling and vascular abnormalities, most commonly on the face, with varying degrees of severity. While it can occur at any age, Jaliman explained that rosacea commonly occurs in adults older than 50 and is three times more likely in women. Because there are many known triggers for rosacea—alcohol, spicy foods, ultraviolet light, heat and citric acid, for example—behavioral changes can help alleviate some of the symptoms. However, Jaliman noted that in most cases medications are necessary to treat rosacea.

“In the past, topical medications for rosacea were greasy and irritating, but now a new wave of topicals has been introduced that are lightweight and easy on the skin,” said Jaliman. “These new topicals include metronidazole and azeleic acid, and both are very effective for rosacea patients.”