Natural Solutions for Acne
December 04, 2004
Acne, whether it is severe or not, is extremely burdensome. Typically,
one suffering from acne feels self-conscious, embarrassed and helpless.
That is why many people turn to oral acne medications to clear up
their unpleasant imperfections.
However, taking such medications come at a major price, as they
compromise one's safety. For example, acne medication, Accutane
(or generically known as isotretinoin), may be associated with feelings
of depression and suicide.
In light of this evidence, researchers conducted studies to discover
what affect Accutane had on the brains of patients using it. The
study involved 28 young adults who were divided into two groups:
those taking Accutane and others using antibiotics. Before taking
treatments, patients received positron emission tomography (PET)
scans, which measured the activity regions in their brains. Researchers
found no correlation between severe acne and feelings of depression.
The patients then took their assigned
medications, and after four months, received a second PET scan.
- Those taking Accutane showed a 21 percent decrease in orbitofrontal
cortex (front part of the brain) activity, which is the part of
the brain that plays a critical role in mood and social interaction
- Those who took alternative antibiotics did not show any change
from the first PET scan to the second
In addition to depression and suicidal behavior, using Accutane
may cause psychosis and aggressive behavior.
November 6, 2004