For many individuals, the holiday season can bring with it acne flare ups, with diet being a possible trigger to think about. Holiday eating often involves an increase in the amount of sugar and other carbohydrates in the diet. While the relationship between acne and diet has been debated over the years, some recent evidence… Read More
The underlying cause of acne is complex, involving genetic factors, as well as a number of different environmental factors. While there is some debate over the extent to which specific environmental factors influence acne, stress and diet are two factors that could potentially contribute to the development of acne or aggravation of pre-existing acne in… Read More
Evidence does suggest that genetics have a role in the development of acne. Individuals whose parent or parents had acne may find themselves at higher risk of developing the condition as well. That said, it is important to keep in mind that genetics are certainly not the only factor that contributes to the development of… Read More
Premenstrual acne flares are a common phenomenon, with almost one-half of females reporting that their acne gets worse prior to their menstrual period. These acne flares are generally attributable changing hormone levels during different stages of the menstrual cycle. At certain phases, levels of sebum (oil) on the skin increase, which also results in an… Read More
Acne cysts differ from whiteheads and blackheads. White heads and black heads (comedones) form due to clogged pores. Hair follicles of the skin (pores) become blocked with excess sebum (oil) and dead skin cells. Bacteria can infect the plugged follicle, which then becomes inflamed and irritated. Whiteheads are clogged follicles that are closed, while blackheads… Read More
Dirt in the pores does not directly cause blackheads. Blackheads are a type of acne lesion formally referred to as “open comedones”. The sebaceous glands in the skin produce sebum (oil) and can do so in excess, particularly in teenagers and with changes in hormone levels. Comedones form when the pores, which are hair follicles… Read More
Acne develops in the pores (follicles) of the skin, (typically occurring in areas where they are numerous, such as the face, upper chest and back), as a result of several factors, including the production of excess oils, which, along with dead skin cells, plug the pore and contribute to the growth of bacteria. The plugged… Read More
Ron Pohar, BScPhm. R.Ph.
Pharmacist in Residence
Ron Pohar completed a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree at the University of Alberta in 1995 and is a Clinical Pharmacist at Myros Pharmacy in Edmonton’s inner city. Ron has published a number of articles and continuing education lessons, and is a recipient of both the Award of Excellence and the Centennial Award of Distinction from the Alberta College of Pharmacists. He is the former Continuing Education Chair of the Capital Health Region Pharmacists Association and was a founding board member of the Pharmacists Association of Alberta (RxA).