The Causes of Acne Vulgaris

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Acne vulgaris is a condition that is almost universal among teenagers, and in most cases the condition is self-limited and mild. Find out why lingering acne may be hereditary, or possibly caused by excessive dairy intake, with help from a board-certified dermatologist in this free video on skin care and dermatology.

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Video Transcript

Hello, I'm Dr. Loretta Ciraldo, a board certified dermatologist and author of Six Weeks to Sensational Skin. This clip is about the causes of acne vulgaris. First remember that acne vulgaris is a condition that's almost universal among preteens and teenagers. This condition is typically self limited and very mild in it's course. So if you are someone who is in that risk area of maybe an 11 year old up to a 19 or 20 year old, and you get an occasional pimple or blackhead, then you suffer with mild acne vulgaris that will probably run it's course. But if instead you're plagued by many lesions which really do not come and go, but you find that your acne is on your face for most of every month, then you may have either a hereditary tendency toward acne or interestingly we are finding that there's a subset of people, especially teenagers, who do get more acne because they have two dairy products per day. So you may want to cut out dairy products. Also use clear shampoos and try to keep your skin healthy with salicylic face wash. This is Dr. Loretta Ciraldo in Miami.


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