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A 43-year-old member asked:

am i too old to get whiteheads?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
No: Unfortunately, you are never too old to get pimples. Acne is certainly more common in adolescents but it can happen to anyone. Acne often gets worse during pregnancy because of the hormonal changes.
Dr. Robert Peppercorn
Dermatology 43 years experience
Whiteheads: Anyone can get whiteheads at any age. Adults often get them from oils in cosmetics. Sun damage also triggers whiteheads in later years.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

What are the different types of acne lesions?

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Dr. Margaret Mann
Dermatology 19 years experience
Yes: Dermatologists classify acne into three types: comedonal (black and whiteheads), inflammatory(pimples), and cystic (deep acne cysts). Comedonal acne responds well to topical treatments (benzoyl peroxide, retina, etc), while inflammatory acne may need a combination of topicals and oral medications. Most patients with cystic acne do best with oral antibiotics or accutane.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What causes acne?

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Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 16 years experience
See below: Acne results from oil overproduction (often due to hormones), clogged pores, p acnes bacteria, & resultant inflammation from your immune system recognizing infection. Effective acne treatments target these causes: benzoyl peroxide & antibiotics kill bacteria, retinoids decrease oil, salicyclic acid & retinoids unclog pores, oral contraceptives target hormones.
A 25-year-old member asked:

Do I need to see a dermatologist to treat acne, or can my family doctor help me?

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Dr. Frederick Coville
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
Well ... maybe: With recent advances in acne treatment, you will want someone who finds acne interesting. That can be a family doc, dermatologist or even a plastic surgeon. Call before your appointment and ask, "does the doctor like treating acne?" you deserve someone who has taken the time to keep up on the research and not just prescribe an antibiotic. Do your homework and you'll be satisfied.
A 21-year-old member asked:

At what age do people normally begin to have trouble with acne?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Age 12-14 years: People begin to have some acne problems as they enter puberty, because that is when hormonal changes happen.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Nothing seems to work on my acne. Any solution?

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Dr. Moises Perez
Pharmacology 18 years experience
See a specialist: This condition may need some close collaboration from you and your dermatologist.

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