Generally, topical acne treatments require 6 to 8 weeks in order to achieve a full benefit, so it is important to allow a product sufficient time to work before stopping it or adding another product. It is also important to consider that acne can initially flare-up or get worse with some products. With benzoyl peroxide,… Read More
While make-up certainly does have the potential to aggravate acne, there are a few things that you can do to reduce its effect. Importantly, be sure to choose products that are noncomedogenic as they are less likely to clog pores than products that are heavy, greasy and oily. This applies to all products that you… Read More
Sometimes you just need to vent! Trying to talk to friends about acne is difficult. Maybe you don’t want people to know how much it bothers you, maybe you don’t want to draw attention to it. Or maybe, your friends aren’t the best listeners. When acne is getting you down, it can hurt even more… Read More
The health benefits of exercise are clear and certainly you would not want to alter your exercise routine due to concerns about your skin. As well, keep in mind that it is important to shower after exercise as perspiration on the skin can contribute to body acne by trapping bacteria. There are several things that… Read More
For the most part, acne does improve over time. Acne severity tends to peak during the teenage years and improve near the end of the teenage years or early twenties, but the natural change over time is variable. Acne may improve sooner for some individuals, and for others, acne will continue into adulthood. This is… Read More
Spot treatments for acne are intended for periodic use on individual blemishes when they appear on the face. These products are generally not well suited for broad application over a large area as they can cause excessive peeling, scaling and redness in some individuals. If you have many pimples, a spot treatment, used alone, might… Read More
Acne flare ups can be caused by a number of different things and recognizing your triggers could help you to avoid future flare ups. Common triggers for acne include: • Hormonal changes (e.g. related to the menstrual cycle or puberty) • Dietary factors (e.g. consuming a diet high in sugar) • Touching your face with… Read More
Call it what you want …pimples, zits, acne, blackheads, breakouts …if you've ever stressed over the challenges of clear skin, you're not alone! The Benzagel Acne Care Community pages are the place people like you come to get answers, tips and truth. Learn how others feel about acne and share your own feelings. Express yourself, make a contribution, and come back often …it's your community!
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).