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Another pill worth mentioning to cure acne is Diane 35. Diane-35 is a contraceptive pill that doubles as a very effective acne treatment.
Diane-35 provides contraceptive protection as reliable as other pills while it also relieves acne, greasy skin and hairy skin.
Essentially, Diane-35 works by regulating your hormones: estrogen and progestogen (reproductive hormones) and androgen (which can cause acne, by prompting excess oil production in your skin).

When can you start using Diane-35?

When taking the Pill for the first time or after being off the Pill for a while, you should take Diane-35 on the first day of your period or menstruation.
In this case, contraceptive protection is provided from the first day of Pill intake.

How is Diane-35 taken?

A package of Diane-35 contains 21 Pills. Start with a Pill marked with the correct day of the week. You should take one Pill each day following the direction of the arrows.
After the entire package has been consumed, take a 7-day pause during which you will have your periods. Menstruation generally comes 2-4 days after the completion of the pack. You will notice a more regular, shorter, lighter and less painful menstruation compared to periods before using the Pill.
Start your new package exactly after the 7-day Pill-free pause, even if menstruation has not stopped yet. Thus, each new package is started on the same day of the week as your previous one, making it easy to remember.

How soon can contraception be achieved?

If Diane-35 is started on the first day of your menstruation, then its contraceptive effect is immediate. Contraception continues also during the 7-day Pill-free period.

How do you remember to take it every day?

For best results, make it a daily routine and take your Pill at about the same time / occasion every day (e.g., after breakfast, after brushing your teeth in the morning or at night). Keep your Diane-35 pack in a place where you will easily notice it.
Always have an extra pack of Diane-35 available so that you will not run short of Pills (you may leave the new full pack over the Pill-free period at the same spot so that you will remember to start the new cycle exactly after 7 Pill-free days).

How does Diane-35 work in treating acne?

As an acne treatment, Diane-35 works by blocking the effect of androgen on your skin. Receiving no stimulus from androgen, your skin produces less oil — thus reducing the formation of new spots and blackheads. After regular treatment with Diane-35®, your acne clears.

The special hormone in Diane-35, Cyproterone Acetate (CPA), attaches itself to androgen receptors in the skin and then blocks the receptors (“like the wrong key jammed in a lock”) . The androgens then cannot affect the skin.
Additionally, as a contraceptive pill, Diane-35 also reduces the activity of the ovaries, so that much smaller amounts of hormones, including androgens, are produced.


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October 16, 2008 at 2:48 pm

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This post is dedicated to mea culpa, who in my previous post asked me about treatment pimples (acne). Years back, I also had this acute problem of acne on my face. It used to really bother and concern me. I had tried everything possible with my limited knowledge (basically all the home made packs recommended by my mom).

Some people told me to drink extremely bitter neem juice. I even did that (foolishly). I used to think that it was due to excessive sweat that I had because of my workout. For quite sometime, I would pacify myself thinking that only teenagers had it, so it was a sign of me being forever 16.

Finally I was training a client of mine, who told me about a dermatologist, whom she was consulting. I took his name and number and consulted him. He gave me a prescription of a drug called Roaccutane. That time, only the imported one was available in Indian market and it was very expensive. Now there is Indian version also available called Isotretinoin. This drug miraculously helped me have a very clear skin. But I must confess that it made me gain tremendous amount of weight which I had to deal with later.

Roaccutane capsules contain the active ingredient isotretinoin. (NB. Isotretinoin capsules are also available without a brand name, ie as the generic medicine.) Isotretinoin belongs to a group of medicines known as retinoids, which are derivatives of vitamin A. Isotretinoin taken by mouth works by reducing the production of the skin’s natural oil (sebum).

Acne occurs due to an excessive production of sebum from over-active sebaceous glands in the skin. The sebum blocks the sebaceous glands, which prevents the oil from flowing freely out and causes an accumulation of sebum under the skin. The bacteria associated with acne thrive in these conditions. They feed on the sebum, and produce waste products and fatty acids that irritate the sebaceous glands, making them inflamed and causing spots.

Isotretinoin decreases the size and activity of the sebaceous glands in the skin, which reduces the amount of sebum that is produced. This stops the glands becoming blocked, and means bacteria are less likely to thrive. It also reduces the inflammation in the skin.

Isotretinoin can have serious side effects and its use must be supervised by a dermatologist. It is reserved for the treatment of severe acne (such as nodular or conglobate acne or acne at risk of permanent scarring) that has not improved with standard treatment involving oral antibiotics and topical medicines.

Be aware of some expected side effects of your Acne Treatment.
Whilst on Roaccutane, you will experience some side effects. These include dryness in several parts of the body and possible tiredness of the muscles and bones.

ROACCUTANE can cause birth defects.

Under absolutely no circumstances should Roaccutane be used by pregnant women or by women who intend to become pregnant – during treatment and for one month after stopping Roaccutane therapy.
All possibility of pregnancy must be ruled out one month before and after you start your Roaccutane treatment. This should include the strict birth control methods.
One month after you’ve finished your treatment, life can continue as normal, only better.

Who’s suitable for ROACCUTANE

Roaccutane is suitable for any person (male or female) with acne, regardless of age. The only people who shouldn’t take Roaccutane are pregnant women or women who are breast feeding.

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October 15, 2008 at 9:18 am

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