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Super Acne? Are You Kidding Me?

Here’s some news that made me want to cry: Doctors are reporting that certain types of acne causing bacteria are mutating—becoming more drug resistant. Wow. Does this mean that we could be looking at untreatable adult acne outbreaks in the near future? As in… permanent acne?

 Well, according to studies done in 2009, as many as 30% of acne sufferers could be harboring some of this big bad bacteria. What’s even worse? Left to its own devices, this kind of bacteria can be a gateway to other, more serious, staff infections. Joy.

 With mega mutant bacteria on the rise, traditional acne treatments may be becoming less effective. So what’s a girl (or guy) to do if they think their face may be under attack by super acne? For starters, don’t hesitate to make that dermatologist’s appointment. Like all resistant infections, the sooner you start treatment, the better your chances of developing a successful skin care regimen. If you’re already on a medication, but it suddenly stops working (or isn’t working nearly as well as it used to) call your doctor ASAP.

 Also, since studies by Swedish researchers have shown that resistant acne could be contagious, avoid sharing towels—even with members of your own family.

 Finally, don’t forget to wash out your make up brushes often. It’s also a good idea to change your sheets and pillowcases often, since they can collect make up, oil, and dirt- making them the perfect breeding ground for icky bacteria. Another sneaky hiding place for bacteria is your cell phone. Keep some alcohol wipes in your purse or desk, and wipe down your headset a few times a day to avoid overexposure.

 Let me know your thoughts on the Super-Acne scare. Is it a genuine cause for concern or just hype?


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