Sanofi-aventis Launches Teen Acne Awareness Program and Web Site

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., May 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With acne being one of the most common skin diseases affecting nearly 80 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 24, Dermik Laboratories, a business of sanofi-aventis, today announced the launch of AcneHeroes.com, a new Web site designed to educate teens and parents about the condition and provide answers to their acne-related questions and skincare tips.

To launch the Web site, sanofi-aventis U.S., the makers of BenzaClin(R) (clindamycin 1% benzoyl peroxide 5% topical gel), have teamed up with "Hannah Montana" star Cody Linley and renowned dermatologist, Dr. Jessica Wu, to kick-off their acne teen awareness program. Acne can be a challenge for teens especially during social milestones such as the prom and back-to-school season. There are a lot of photo memories created during these big moments and teens are often concerned about their appearance. Cody Linley, who plays Jake Ryan on the hit TV show, has experienced acne breakouts and understands the importance and power of acne education for teens.

"Since I spend so much time in front of the camera, I feel added pressure to have clear skin," says Linley. "After seeking the right treatment from a dermatologist, my acne is now under control. I've teamed up with AcneHeroes.com to encourage teens to seek the right treatment as I did during my breakouts."

AcneHeroes.com offers a multitude of resources where teens and parents can find information on common acne myths, skincare tips and more. The Web site also features podcasts, streaming video with Cody Linley and a questions and answers section with Dr. Jessica Wu.

"AcneHeroes.com is a great place for teens to learn about their skin," says Dr. Jessica Wu, Clinical Instructor in Dermatology at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. "I treat a lot of teens who are dealing with the challenges of acne and looking for guidance. In addition to the Web site as a resource, parents should take an active role in helping them find a solution to their acne by visiting a dermatologist."

Dr. Wu says the Web site offers a special section designed with tips for parents on how to help their teens deal with acne and remind them they are not alone. "Parents need to understand that if left untreated, acne can worsen and have an impact on a teenager's appearance. There are variety of over-the-counter and prescription products available, and in my practice, I have found BenzaClin(R) to be a safe and effective prescription acne treatment option for many of my teenage patients."

Also lending a hand on AcneHeroes.com are Jane Fahey, mother of Chelsea Fahey, former Miss Teen America and Merissa White, the 2007 Clear Skin Star contest winner and acne patient. As an added bonus, those that visit the Web site will have an opportunity to receive one of 50 signed photos from Cody.

For more information and tips on how to treat your acne and maintain beautiful, clear skin, visit www.acneheroes.com.

About BenzaClin(R)

BenzaClin(R) is proven effective in treating many kinds of acne, including whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. In clinical trials, BenzaClin(R) worked better than either clindamycin or benzoyl peroxide alone for the topical treatment of acne. With BenzaClin(R), improvements have been shown to occur in as early as two weeks.

BenzaClin(R) is indicated for the topical treatment of acne.

Important Safety Information

BenzaClin(R) is an acne product you can get with a doctor's prescription. Side effects are usually limited to the skin and include dry skin, itching, peeling, redness and sunburn. Also, clindamycin, an ingredient in BenzaClin(R), may cause diarrhea. If you experience severe diarrhea, stop using BenzaClin(R) and call your doctor immediately. You should not use BenzaClin(R)if you are allergic to clindamycin, benzoyl peroxide, or the antibiotic lincomycin, or if you have a history of colitis.

Please see full prescribing information by clicking here http://products.sanofi-aventis.us/benzaclin/benzaclin.html. For more information on this treatment, please call 1-877-338-ACNE or log on to www.BenzaClin.com.

About sanofi-aventis

Sanofi-aventis, a leading global pharmaceutical company, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions to improve the lives of everyone. Sanofi-aventis is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).

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