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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Overview)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest.


Dr. Ed Friedlander
2,173 doctors shared insights

Acne (Overview)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest.


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What are some treatments for acne?

What are some treatments for acne?

Scientific Rx: The best over-the-counter treatment is topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day as tolerated. Tea tree oil is the most effective of the "herbal" remedies as it is an estrogen. If benzoyl peroxide does not clear you in two weeks, your physician can guide you among topical retinoic acid derivatives, topical clindamycin, topical spironolactone, systemic antibiotics, "the pill" and isotretinoin. ...Read more

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Managing Acne (Checklist)

Use a gentle cleanser designed for acne-prone skin
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Use over-the-counter or prescription acne drugs as your doctor advises
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See your doctor to adjust medications and other treatments
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Is there a CAUSE for acne? If so what tests can I run to find out?

Is there a CAUSE for acne? If so what tests can I run to find out?

No: I see you are a 30 year old female. If your monthly cycle is basically normal, you're not going to find a hormonal disturbance causing your acne. Beyond this, the quest to find a food, habit, exposure or anything else to explain why one person gets acne and the other person doesn't is almost always futile. Mine remitted when I was 50. Until then, do as I did and comply with Rx. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have acne on my face. How can I get rid of it?

Topical vs. oral: There are hosts of different meds used in acne treatment - oral antibiotics by far are most commonly used. Topical antibiotic and non-antibiotic preps. Have it discussed with your doctor. Also, make sure to minimize or better off to eliminate make up and tampering with your lesions. Don't get frustrated, it may take a while and hard to get rid of them. Time is an important factor as well. ...Read more

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Can benzoyl peroxide clear acne scars?

Can benzoyl peroxide clear acne scars?

Benzoyl & acne scar: No - benzoyl peroxide will treat acne and help prevent worsening pustules and inflammation by helping to kill the bacteria causing acne. However, it won't have any effect on the scars you may get from aggressively picking or popping "zits" There are facial scrubs that may lessen the appearance of scars but a physician trained in skin peels would be needed for deep scars ...Read more

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Can Accutane clear acne scars?

Can Accutane clear acne scars?

No. But it can help: Reduce acne breakouts and more cyst formation that can lead to new scars. Accutane is powerful medicine that requires monitoring and absolute avoidance of pregnancy (causes birth defects). See dermatologist for advice and prescription if you are a candidate. ...Read more

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Benzoyl peroxide for acne?

Benzoyl peroxide for acne?

Great choice!: Benzoyl peroxide is a great choice for acne. Use the cream if you have dry skin or the gel if your skin is oily. Don't use too much because it can irritate the skin. ...Read more

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How does acne affect most women?

How does acne affect most women?

Highly variable: Acne affects about 80% of the population. Women can get acne at any age. It can appear as papules (red bumps), pustules (red bump with pus coming to a head), comedones (whiteheads and blackheads), or cystic nodules (deep tender lumps underneath the skin). It can appear anywhere on the body including face, scalp, neck, chest, shoulders, back. It can be mild, moderate, severe. ...Read more

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Does epiduo heal acne scars?

Does epiduo heal acne scars?

I have no experience: Commercial, over the counter, products have varying results- I have no experience with this product. ...Read more

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Is microdermabrasion effective for acne and acne scars?

Is microdermabrasion effective for acne and acne scars?

Yes & No: There are two types of acne scars. Craters and ice-pick. The ice-pick scar has sharp borders whereas the crater has smoother borders. Ice-pick variety of scars have to be excised and can be done quite easily with small punch biopsies. The crater variety can be helped with multiple sessions of microdermabrasion. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of baby acne?

What are the symptoms of baby acne?

None: The acne doesn't bother the baby at all, and causes no symptoms. Acne in babies looks like acne in teenagers, with little bumps and blackheads. ...Read more

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I have acne on my face. How can I get rid of it?

Topical vs. oral: There are hosts of different meds used in acne treatment - oral antibiotics by far are most commonly used. Topical antibiotic and non-antibiotic preps. Have it discussed with your doctor. Also, make sure to minimize or better off to eliminate make up and tampering with your lesions. Don't get frustrated, it may take a while and hard to get rid of them. Time is an important factor as well. ...Read more

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Will tretinoin heal acne scars?

Will tretinoin heal acne scars?

It will not: Effective treatment of your acne will prevent additional scarring. If you wish, a dermatologist can make scars less visible using a laser, microsurgery, injections and/or dermabrasion. ...Read more

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Will clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) treat my acne and scars?

Will clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) treat my acne and scars?

Get a real Rx: That stuff is weak and overpriced. If you have gotten scars, you should already be on prescription meds. I am sorry this happened and you need to get with your personal physician. ...Read more

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I have acne on my back, shoulders and chest.My dermatologist prescribed me ketonazole.Is it the right diagnosis?

I have acne on my back, shoulders and chest.My dermatologist prescribed me ketonazole.Is it the right diagnosis?

Talk to your doctor: Ketonazole is not an acne treatment. But your doctor may have given it to you for another reason. I suggest going back to your doctor to discuss it. In general, acne on the body requires oral medications as it is difficult to treat such a large area with creams. ...Read more

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Acne and pimple treatment?

Acne and pimple treatment?

Acne therapy: If your acne doesn't respond to otc treatments, consider seeing a doctor or dermatologist to get a stronger prescription lotion. Tretinoin (avita, retin-a, others), Adapalene (differin) and tazarotene (tazorac, avage) are examples of topical prescription products derived from vitamin a. They work by promoting cell turnover and preventing plugging . You may also need oral antibiotics like doryx (doxycycline). ...Read more

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Saw ob yest he did vaginal exam-didnt discuss acne cysts-seeing here a doctor says i may have cancer of the adrenal cortex. Still a possible diagnose?

Saw ob yest he did vaginal exam-didnt discuss acne cysts-seeing here a doctor says i may have cancer of the adrenal cortex. Still a possible diagnose?

See an Endocrinologi: It is not difficult to make a diagnosis of adrenal cancer if you have sign and symptoms of this condition. All it takes is a ct scan of the abdomen which can/should be done if there is definite suspicion based on steroid excess(cushing;s syndrome like features). But you should first go see an internist or an endocrinologist to help you address this issue. ...Read more

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Does benzoyl erythromycin gel help acne pock marks?

Does benzoyl erythromycin gel help acne pock marks?

No: It's okay for keeping the acute lesions under control. I'm sorry you didn't get proper treatment when you developed your scarring. A dermatologist can make them less visible if you wish. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Facial Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more