Acne lesions result from the plugging of the skin’s follicles with bacteria and excess sebum (oil) which causes inflammation and a reaction from the immune system. While popping your pimples might seem like the right thing to do, it is generally discouraged, particularly for cystic lesions (hard, painful acne lesions under the surface of the… Read More
There are many “home remedies” that are purported to help improve or even “cure” acne; however, for the most part, there is little scientific evidence to show that these treatments are safe and effective. Toothpaste, for example, is reported anecdotally to dry out acne lesions when applied overnight. However, toothpaste includes many ingredients that are… Read More
Hey my name is Skyler, I’m fifteen and I have acne. Acne runs through my dads side and it hit me hard. My face is usually alright I barely get pimples there but when I do they are very visible and hurt, a lot. When I turned twelve I believe I started to see pimples… Read More
I’ve had to deal with acne my entire life, being an early bloomer and all. It wasn’t really a big deal at first, a few comments thrown in here and there but I didn’t pay much attention because I didn’t really see a problem with acne in my younger years. For the past three years,… Read More
Hello everyone, well today I’m really stressed because I was looking at my acne and how bad my breakout is. I think my acne is BAD but people say is not that bad. Well for me is terrible, is that bad that I have black heads and now I’m getting scars. I’m 17 and the… Read More
Unfortunately scarring is a relatively common and often unpredictable complication of acne, developing in about 1 out of every 5 individuals with the condition. Severity of acne does not necessarily relate to the risk of scarring with acne. Some individuals with mild acne develop scarring, while other individuals with severe acne do not experience this… 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).