Ovace and Acne
Teenagers get acne--it's an unfortunate fact of life that almost every teen and adolescent will see some pimples each year, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. In many cases, acne sufferers can deal with the problem themselves with over-the-counter products and careful skin care. But, if you need help from a dermatologist, you might receive a prescription for an Ovace product.
When your skin produces too much oil for lubrication, that oil travels to the skin's surface via your hair follicles and can join with dead cells to form soft plugs in those follicles, according to the Mayo Clinic. The plugs either form whiteheads or blackheads, and they can get infected with bacteria to form a pimple. If you have multiple pimples, you've got multiple blocked hair follicles. In severe acne, the blockages occur far from the skin's surface, and a cyst forms underneath.
Ovace products, which contain 10 percent of the active ingredient sodium sulfacetamide, treats the bacterial infection in acne, along with other skin conditions, including seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff, according to Drugs.com. According to manufacturer Coria Laboratories, Ovace products come in wash, foam, gel and cream versions. Coria designed the line of skin care solutions to moisturize skin as well as treat skin conditions.
Some people have allergies to sulfonamide products such as Ovace's line of acne-fighting medications. If you've ever reacted to a sulfonamide product, you shouldn't use Ovace, and if you develop signs of an allergic reaction such as hives or a rash, you should call your doctor immediately. Other potential side effects include irritation, burning and stinging on the treatment area, but these effects can fade with regular use.
Researchers have shown that sodium sulfacetamide-containing products such as Ovace's products can effectively treat acne, although they don't make your pimples disappear completely. For example, a study in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, released in 2010, found a 50 percent reduction in the acne lesion count in eight patients treated with sodium sulfacetamide over two months.
If Ovace causes you skin irritation, you may have to talk to your physician about cutting back on its use. In addition, while Ovace products help to kill bacteria and clear pores, they don't address what may be acne's root cause: oily skin. To do that, you may need to use another over-the-counter or prescription product. Many dermatologists advise using more than one product at once to address all of acne's causes.
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