Acne causes, symptoms and customized treatment
Did you know that acne is the most common dermatology problem in the US? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 85% of people between 12 and 24 have at least some minor acne. Acne can appear at any stage of life and can last up to 30-40 years. Acne usually begins during puberty and affects many teenagers and young adults.
Most people who suffer from acne feel self-conscious about it because they may feel insecure, and many spend a lot of money on products that are not effective or too aggressive for their skin. In this article, we’ll look at the main causes of acne, how it manifests, and our view on how to solve this dermatology problem.
Acne main symptoms
Acne causes the appearance of pimples and spots, not only on the face, but also on the shoulders, back, neck, chest, and forearms. There are no specific characteristics of who can suffer from acne and who can’t – people of all races and all ages can have acne, of course, it is more common at a young age, but it can even affect people who are over 50.
There are several types of acne:
What causes Acne?
When sebum and dead skin cells block the hair follicles, it causes so-called inflammation and manifests the dermatological conditions described above on the human skin. We all have pores, and they are connected to the sebaceous follicles under the skin. Follicles connect the glands to the pores, and when these follicles become clogged, it causes acne.
Why does a pimple have a “bump”? Skin cells, sebum, and hair can stick together in a plug – it becomes infected with bacteria, which leads to swelling, which is why they look so “bumpy”.
Increased sebum production in the pores is the main cause of acne.
However, there are also a number of additional problems that trigger acne in both women and men. We can divide them into two conditional categories, out of our control (I.) VS within our control (II.)
I. Out of our control
1) Researchers suggest that acne is associated with a genetic factor, if parents had acne, it is likely that the child will also have it
2) Hormonal factor. It is associated with an increase in androgen levels, which leads to the growth of sebaceous glands, respectively, they produce more sebum, and its excess causes bacterial growth
3) In women, it is menstruation or hormonal changes during pregnancy
4) Some medications containing hormones (e.g. lithium)
5) Environmental irritants
II. Within our control
1) Improperly selected decorative cosmetics or dirty makeup picks
2) Improperly selected skincare that does not help improve acne or has “aggressive” properties that only irritate the skin
3) Dirty towels
4) Poor and unbalanced diet
5) Synthetic or tight clothes
6) Squeezing pimples
Acne customized treatment
Treatment depends on how severe and persistent the acne is.
We need to realize that each person has an individual case, and the manifestation of acne also depends on the individual factors that we described above. Therefore, you should choose a treatment with a physician that is suitable for your case. After all, it is difficult to choose it by yourself when you do not have knowledge of dermatology and what exactly causes the unhealthy condition of the skin
That’s why compound treatment can become a “must-have” in your daily care because our pharmacists create topical treatment according to the patient’s individual characteristics and his or her skin condition. After the patient has consulted a specialist, the specialist sends a prescription, and then we make a unique compound in our laboratory.
Mega Aid uses USP-quality chemical ingredients and adheres to the highest standards of dosing, mixing packaging, and storage of compounds. To effectively solve the problem, we proceed on the following basis:
If you are interested in our approach to the treatment of dermatological problems
Acne treatment compliance with medication therapy management
Mega Aid conducts our own medication therapy management (MTM) service for patient treatment monitoring and iterative improvement. In simple words, we are:
1/ Controlling patient adherence
Approximately two weeks after dispensing a compound medication, a dedicated Mega Aid Patient Care Coordinator will call the patient to confirm treatment adherence and a positive outcome. If we understand that the patient is non-compliant with their prescribed treatment, the Patient Care Coordinator educates the patient about proper medication usage.
2/ Measuring the treatment outcomes
A Patient Care Coordinator monitors the patient’s condition, to make sure that the treatment is working and that the patient’s overall health condition has improved.
3/ Improving the treatment with a healthcare provider
A Pharmacy Liaison reports outcomes to and collaborates with the healthcare provider for dermatological improvement. If the condition remains unchanged, we modify the treatment according to the doctor’s recommendations.
It is vital for us to make sure that patients understand how to use their medications correctly. That is why we created a video explanations where our Pharmacy Liaison shows in practice how to use the medicines correctly:
Mega Aid`s approach, combines a personal treatment plan, monitoring, patient support, and tracking of treatment results, which are connected to our own end-to-end software platform, where we record all the necessary information about the patient and his or her treatment. We believe that our qualified team and our end-to-end policy will improve patient health and quality of life.