What is Acne? Acne is a difficult to treat and often debilitating disease that affects the skin, usually the face. The most common form of acne (acne vulgaris) is an infection within a hair follicle. This infection causes varying degrees of inflammation, which manifest as pimples, nodules and cysts. When the inflammation is severe, it … Continue reading “Knowledge”

Acne is a complex disease. The Acne Science section covers a range of scientific topics related to the development of acne and the available treatments. For more discussions about common acne questions, refer to our Frequently Asked Acne Questions page. What Causes Acne? Acne is a complex disease and many factors can contribute to the … Continue reading “Acne Science”

There are many claims about what causes acne and what treatments are effective for improving acne symptoms. Some of these claims are entirely true, some are partially true, and many are completely false. There is also a tremendous amount of contradictory information about acne available from lots of different sources. In this FAQs section we address the … Continue reading “Frequently Asked Acne Questions”

What Does “Contraindicated” Mean? A medication is contraindicated when there is an existing condition that makes its use inadvisable. Certain medications can be contraindicated in specific groups of people (eg. pregnant women) or in combination with other medications (eg. aspirin and warfarin). Basically, some medications are contraindicated with one another because taking them together is … Continue reading “Avoiding Negative Interactions Between Medications”

Most people can recognize acne when it presents on the face or body. Most people also have the vague understanding that acne is associated with oily skin and an excess production of sebum. But beyond that, few people really grasp what is actually happening at the microscopic level of a pimple. Understanding the physiological and … Continue reading “Acne at a Cellular Level”

What are Anabolic Steroids? Anabolic Steroids (aka Roids, Juice, AAS, etc) are molecules that mimic the shape and function of androgen hormones (eg. Testosterone). Anabolic Steroids are generally used to stimulate protein synthesis and muscle growth. Anabolic steroids should not be confused with corticosteroids, which are immune suppressants and can actually inhibit muscle growth. Corticosteroid … Continue reading “Anabolic Steroids and Acne”