Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Acne drug linked to eye health problems

New Research from Tel Aviv University in Israel describes serious health concerns associated with the use of Acne drug Isotretinoin, sold under various brands including Roaccutane, Claravis and Amnesteem.
Researchers warn that the use of Isotretinoin to treat Acne has been linked with serious side effects including bone growth delays in teenagers, miscarriages and birth defects when taken by pregnant women.
More recently the use of Isotretinoin has been identified with serious eye health problems including conjunctivitis (pink eye), styes and dryness.
Apparently the effect of drying the sebum secretions on the skin where Acne is most common also affects function of the meibomian glands on the eyelids leading to a lack of lubrication of the eyes.
If left untreated this can cause long term damage to the persons sight.
According to  Dr. Rick Fraunfelder, a professor at Oregon Health and Science University and an eye health specialist, recommends people seriously consider the side effects before starting isotretinoin treatment for Acne
"It's a relatively dangerous drug," he said. "The best way to avoid these side effects is if you do not take the drug at all."

Manuka Natural have the same view that people suffering from Acne should only use these drugs when all other avenues of Acne treatment have been tried. Clearly many people are using drugs with a high risk of side effects when there are very effective natural alternatives available.
One successful natural Acne treatment involves the application of Manuka honey formulated in a cream along with diluted Manuka essential oil and Manuka soap.
These natural Manuka products have been very effective in controlling the bacteria that causes Acne in studies and leave the skin in a healthy condition with no reported side effects of any kind.

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