Acne is a long-lasting inflammatory skin condition which can lead to spots and pimples forming on the skin. It especially affects the face, shoulders, neck, back, arms and chest. Some of the forms of acne are blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, nodules and pimples. It is a very common skin condition across the world and has gotten quite a lot of publicity due to various news outlets carrying stories on various celebrities suffering from it.
Acne specially occurs during puberty, when the body is going through major changes and hormones are ‘raging’, leading to the sebaceous glands being activated. This doesn’t mean it cannot occur at any other age. And while it isn’t harmful, it normally leaves scars behind. It occurs because the sebaceous glands secrete oil, and is stimulated by the hormones secreted by the adrenal glands in both women and men.
Although there are a lot of factors believed to trigger acne, the main reason is said to be due to a rise in androgen levels. With this in mind, let’s have a look at one treatment to acne, the Acnestar Gel.
It is made up of a combination of Clindamycin topical (1% w/w) and Nicotinamide (4% w/w). It is manufactured by Mankind Pharma Ltd and comes in the form of a gel.
Acnestar Gel is used to treat acne, apart from a variety of other bacterial infections like pneumonia, pelvic inflammatory disease, bone or joint infections, middle ear infections, strep throat and endocarditis. Some other conditions it is used to treat are:
The components present in the gel can be administered orally, via foam, gel, lotion or cream or intravenously. It belongs to a class of antibiotics known as lincosamides.
However, acne star serves its purpose as a gel that is applied directly on top of the affected area.
Some of the side effects can be of rare occurrence, but serious in nature. Here is a list of such side effects due to consumption:
If one gets any allergic reactions due to this gel, contact a doctor immediately.
It should be applied in the dose and time as suggested by the physician. One can also check the packaging for directions on how to use the product. It is advised to apply on the affected area and letting it stay for a while before rinsing. Completing the dose is crucial else the condition could continue worsening. It should be remembered that a patient, if he/she is under any other kind of medication, should inform the physician of the same. Sometimes, suffering from some other health issues can lead to susceptibility to side effects, so inform the doctor of any such conditions as well.
Acnestar Gel blocks bacteria from synthesising protein, and should only be used to for treatment of bacterial infections and not against viruses, during conditions like common cold and flu. The drug is a mixture of two medicines: clindamycin topical and nicotinamide, which helps keep away pimples (acne). Clindamycin topical is an antibiotic which penetrates the skin and kills acne-causing bacteria. Nicotinamide is a form of Vitamin B which produces anti-inflammatory effects when applied to the skin, thus reducing swelling, redness and tenderness, all of which are associated with acne.
It is better to avoid alcohol during dosage period, even though interaction results are unknown. There are no results for use when pregnant either, so doctor’s advice is best. Lactating women cannot use the drug as it may be found in breastmilk as a consequence. Kidney patients can use the medicine without any worries. Liver patients should perhaps make adjustments in dose, and a quick check with the doctor would be recommended..
Acnestar Gel also does not affect ability to drive since it does not sedate the body at all. As an extension, heavy machinery can also be used.
It is also better not to use this drug if one suffers from the following conditions:
Some alternatives for Acnestar Gel are given below.
Drug interactions could change the workings of any prior medication and could also increase the risk of any serious side effects. It is best not to start, stop or change dosage of any medication unless approval is received from the doctor. Some of the medicines that this drug could react with are gentamicin, ethinyl estradiol and cholera vaccine.
Ans: 8 days have been reported by users as the most common time it takes before improvements are seen in their conditions. Do consult your doctor with regards to how long to take dosage of this drug and when to expect results.
Ans: Since the product has to be applied on the skin, it doesn't matter if you are on an empty stomach or not. Following your doctor's advice is the best step. Some foods can certainly worsen the skin conditions which cause acne.
Ans: Nothing of this sort has been reported with this medicine.
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