Studies and Research

Prof. Franco Rantuccio

University of Bari
Cattedra di Clinica Dermosifilopatica II
Policlinico, Piazza Giulio Cesare
70124 Bari, Italia

Bari November 11th, 1982

Juvenile acne is an extremely common ailment, which interests equally both genders. It begins along with puberty and continues randomly for many years, in many cases tending to a spontaneous reversion. Most of the time with stable results. Acne, with exceptional cases, is not serious, but eventually it could develop psychological problems for the subject.
Actually, these clinical onsets, localized in sites which are compulsorily (face) or optionally (body) exposed, are malformed wounds, papules, pocks; moreover, a degeneration toward cysts and scars, which are permanent and disfigurative wounds, is always possible.
The etiopathogenesis is complex and it depends on many factors: genetic changes of the quality and quantity of the sebo composition, bacterial activity, the skin’s inability to react, remarkable quantity of androgens.
The therapy, on the basis of what is mentioned above, is now internationally standardized: meclocycline and/or benzoyl peroxide applied locally. These therapies, carried out for long periods, present inconveniences. Therefore, in the mild forms, especially during the initial stage, such a treatment like this could seem excessive. Among topical medications, well tolerated and non aggressive, there are clay soaps and clay masks, which give, if regularly used, astringent benefits and secretion prevention to the skin.

We had tested those products, as therapy, on 50 patients with mild acne or with severe onsets. Obviously, in these cases together with the general therapy, there was full satisfaction. A good cleansing of the skin was achieved, which seemed less oily, with less evident pores, along with a significant reduction of pock eruption.