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
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
The general principles for fighting acne apply to both females and males, with treatment strategy being related to the severity of acne. However, for acne of all severities, a good skin care routine provides an important foundation with the key components being: Washing the face twice daily with a mild, soapless cleanser using lukewarm water… Read More
Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are both recommended topical treatments for the management of acne, but differ in the manner in which they work. Bacteria (P. acnes) on the skin are key factor involved in the development of acne lesions, so reducing the number of bacteria on the skin can help reduce inflammation and clogging… Read More
It is difficult to answer this question without a clear understanding of what specific type of hormonal acne that you are referring to. It is common for acne to have a hormonal component, as normal levels of androgens (which are hormones) in the body contribute to the development of acne by increasing the production of… 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
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).