Health Tip #2, 5 September 1996
Acne is caused when skin oils plug the openings of the hair follicles. The accumulation of oils allows bacteria to multiply in that area, which grows into pimples. Not only do natural oils cause acne, but constant contact with mineral or cooking oil also aggravates your skin condition.
What can we do at home to prevent or treat Acne problems?
Can we get Acne through the foods we eat?
No, typically, you will not get Acne through your diet. However, if you are allergic to a foods or if eating a certain foods does aggravate your problem, then try to avoid them. There is no evidence that chocolates or sweets give you pimples. That is a cruel myth!
What if the problem persists?
Topical treatments are available. Applications including benzoyl peroxide, retinoic acid, and antibiotic lotions can be used. Some of these medications may be prescription only. If the self-help measures fail, then you may want to consult a doctor about your skin problems. There is a specialist at Tang who can help you find what you need and can prescribe medication to you. Call and make an appointment at 642-2000. Remember : Any registered student can use the Tang Center!
DID YOU KNOW that the UHS (University Health Services) provides pharmaceutical services on the first floor of the Tang Center where students can get discounts on medical supplies? Tylenol: 100 Tablets for $1.70; Advil: 100 Tablets for $3.70; Benedryl: 20 Tablets for $2.00
Health Tip written by Cindy Suen
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