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
For pimples that are close to sensitive areas such as the eyes or other mucous membranes (for example, the lining of the nose or mouth), it is best to avoid using cleansers, creams, lotions or gels that contain potentially irritating products. For instance, although benzoyl peroxide is known to be effective against acne, you should… Read More
Maintaining skin hydration is important in the management of acne, since over-drying of the skin can cause irritation to acne lesions. Unfortunately, drinking more water has not been shown in research studies to improve skin hydration, overall appearance of the skin, or acne directly. However, drinking more water could have an indirect benefit on acne… Read More
For the most part, body acne is managed similar to facial acne. Treatment options may include over the counter topical agents (e.g., benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, sulfur), topical agents that require a prescription (e.g., retinoic acid, clindamycin lotion, adapalene) and oral antibiotics (tetracycline, minocycline, erythromycin, doxycycline), which also require a prescription. Isotretinoin, also an oral… Read More
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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).