Acne Treatments for Men

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The medical term — acne vulgaris — captures the condition pretty well: an ugly, vulgar scourge that ravages the faces of many unfortunate adolescents. rosacea is sometimes confused with acne because it produces small pimples and redness across the nose and cheeks. “Acne rosacea,” as it’s known, involves the follicles, but is not caused by sebum or oil. Although the cause is not known, some dermatologists believe the condition is caused or aggravated by common mites known as Demodex folliculorum, which inhabit follicles and are found in far greater numbers in people with rosacea. Treatment for rosacea differs from treatment for typical acne vulgaris.

Treatments for acne, as well as for rosacea, have improved in recent decades, and they continue to get better, dermatologists say. Harmon predicts an even clearer future for men’s faces: “In 10 years we’ll have new topicals and new oral agents, and more innovations involving the use of oral vitamin A derivatives,” he says.