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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What are the best way to release all the bad toxins in my face that cause acne?

What are the best way to release all the bad toxins in my face that cause acne?

Use real science: Acne isn't caused by "bad" toxins. Someone not only told you this in baby talk, they told you lies and made you feel dirty in order to to sell you something worthless. Acne's a chronic, serious, non-lifestyle-related disease that can be managed until it remits on its own. If topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day does not clear you in two weeks, prescription-strength medicine is indicated. ...Read more

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I heard that masturbation is bad for body builders and its the main cause of pimple and acne....is it true?

I heard that masturbation is bad for body builders and its the main cause of pimple and acne....is it true?

Wrong: I am sorry people are still telling you these flat-out lies. Masturbation doesn't cause any problems for any one with respect to physical issues. My suggestion is to tell any of those people who say such things to go away and ignore anything else such ignorant people tell you about sex and masturbation whether it be family or other people in so-called respected positions. ...Read more

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I'm 41 with acne. It's mostly hormonal, but I noticed it gets really bad when I have a lot of milk in my diet. Can milk cause breakouts?

I'm 41 with acne. It's mostly hormonal, but I noticed it gets really bad when I have a lot of milk in my diet. Can milk cause breakouts?

Try limiting: More than five servings of dairy (milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, etc.) may increase acne breakouts in some women. Try to control your dairy intake for a few weeks and see if the acne improves. ...Read more

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Tea mixed with milk, is it bad for skin health and does it cause acne or dull skin if yu drink two cups a day?

Tea mixed with milk, is it bad for skin health and does it cause acne or dull skin if yu drink two cups a day?

No: I can not think of any reason that tea with or without milk can cause acne problems. Acne is usually the result of hormonal changes, especially during adolescence, but even into adulthood. ...Read more

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Acne keeps coming and going and it's coming bad what causes it?, can stress cause it? Or smoking cigarettes? Does the sun help get rid of it?

Acne keeps coming and going and it's coming bad what causes it?, can stress cause it? Or smoking cigarettes? Does the sun help get rid of it?

Acne: Not taking care of your self is never healthy but acne is from hormones, bacteria and an impaired ability to exfoliate. Sun won't help you need to see your doctor for this or start with over the counter acne treatment ...Read more

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What are the direct cause of high testosterone & hormonal changes which is causing me bad acne. How to control the levels, should I stop masturbating!?

What are the direct cause of high testosterone & hormonal changes which is causing me bad acne. How to control the levels, should I stop masturbating!?

Scientific Rx: At age 25, you won't be able to go without enjoying your body -- you won't be able to focus or get to sleep. And it has nothing to do with your acne. It's regreettable that your acne has been neglected this long. If it's severe, start topical benzoyl peroxide and phone your physician like a man. ...Read more

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I don't have money for plastic surgery for my really bad acne scars. What else do I have left to do?

I don't have money for plastic surgery for my really bad acne scars. What else do I have left to do?

Dermatology clinic: Plastic/cosmetic surgeries are quite expensive, but you maybe able to find a lower cost option by finding a nearby/regional dermatology residency training/clinic. The residents, are supervised by trained dermatologists, can provide excellent care, often at a lower cost, maybe even free. In the meantime, see doc to get acne treatment to avoid further acne development/trouble. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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I've had bad experiences with klonopin in the past. Dr gave me neurontin (gabapentin). Any chance this med can cause cystic acne or cause irreg. Menstruation?

I've had bad experiences with klonopin in the past. Dr gave me neurontin (gabapentin). Any chance this med can cause cystic acne or cause irreg. Menstruation?

Gabapentin: Acne and irregular menses are not typical or common side effects of Neurontin (gabapentin). Certainly people have improvement or worsening of their acne and abnormal periods, but these are not more common in people taking Neurontin (gabapentin). ...Read more

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How come I have such bad acne?

How come I have such bad acne?

We often don't know: If you're a female, you may have excess male hormones. If you're male, there's no explaining. All acne is manageable, usually by your primary care physician. It's not related to lifestyle or hygiene. Hope you are successfully treated. ...Read more

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Can chocolate cause you acne?

Can chocolate cause you acne?

Yes: Many foods can exacerbate acne. For many, but not everyone, chocolate is a major cause. ...Read more

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Really bad acne all over, what to do?

Really bad acne all over, what to do?

Scientific Rx: Severe acne, or any acne on the trunk, usually requires systemic treatment (pills) plus topical treatment. Get with your personal physician. If you're female, the oral contraceptive pill may clear you. Otherwise, if topical benzoyl peroxide and a course of systemic antibiotic fails, consider isotretinoin. ...Read more

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I have really bad acne on my back and shoulders, how can I get it to clear up?

I have really bad acne on my back and shoulders, how can I get it to clear up?

Acne: Your doctor may be able to help you with prescribing a antibiotic/acne medicated body wash as well as retin-a. This will help address the 3 ways that lead to acne - oil production, clogged pores, and bacteria. You may also try to wear lose fitting clothing particularly during activities with high perspiration. ...Read more

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My acne is so bad it just got so bad and it's depressing. Is there anything that will help?

My acne is so bad it just got so bad and it's depressing. Is there anything that will help?

A/W Dr Friedlander: There is help out there. Whether you have garden variety acne or you need to see a dermatologist for specialty care. Don't give up. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a few acne pits but there not really bad. Is there any naturalbe less noticable?

What to do if I have a few acne pits but there not really bad. Is there any naturalbe less noticable?

It's your choice: I'm sorry your acne was ignored and you ended up with scars. If you have a few craters, you can get with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who can treat them, or you can choose to ignore them. Several hollywood leading men kept their for the tough-guy look. ...Read more

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What could cause my acne?

Your changing body: I hope you welcome the changes that turn you from a child into an adult. The chemical chaos often produces an environment in which the oils and bacteria that cause acne flourish. Thankfully, all acne is manageable today, and it's wrong for anyone to deny you the cheap, effective treatments that are available. ...Read more

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Why do I have untreatable acne?

Why do I have untreatable acne?

Can you explain?: Real acne is always manageable, though it self-cures only with time. If your primary care physician's remedies didn't touch your lesions, perhaps you have one of acne's mimics -- pityrosporum folliculitis is one of several common foolers. ...Read more

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Could eating sugary foods cause acne?

Could eating sugary foods cause acne?

No: The link between diet and acne is weak, the strongest being with dairy as a cause and even this is soft. If you have to ask, you should be taking advantage of what real science can offer for prophylaxis. Topical benzoyl peroxide 5% once a day to prevent, or 2x/day to treat; if not clear after this, your personal physician has many options. ...Read more

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What are suggested ways to calm really bad acne?

What are suggested ways to calm really bad acne?

Physician can help: It's a chronic disease that eventually remits, and it not lifestyle-related or your fault. Acne that is really severe usually requires systemic rx in addition to topical medication. If an antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day fails, it is time to consider a dermatologist referral for isotretinoin. Do what you have to. ...Read more

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Could vitamen e cause acne?

Could vitamen e cause acne?

Not likely: Acne tiggers include sun, stress, picking, genetics, sweat, hormones, and more. If vit e is oily or old it may cause a breakout. ...Read more

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Is yogurt bad for acne?

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There: There are many myths associated with acne. Milk derivates such as yogurt or chocolate is not felt to cause acne. There is one study to show a negative relationship between milk and acne but has not generally been confirmed. ...Read more

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Does stress cause acne?

Does stress cause acne?

Acne and Stress: Absolutely! stress changes your hormone levels.
Zits, goobers, zingers, honkers, screamers, and splashers can all be due to, or aggravated by, stress.
Stay cool! ...Read more

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Tobacco can cause acne?

Tobacco can cause acne?

Mostly no: Smoking generally does not affect acne, though it does cause early aging. However, there is some controversy, as there is in much of medicine. There is some research that shows smokers have less acne than nonsmokers (http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/16645586), and some that shows worsening of a certain type of acne in adults who smoke (not teens) (http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/20619486). ...Read more

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Can bananas cause acne?

Can bananas cause acne?

Acne bananas: There is little solid evidence linking diet to acne. High glycemic foods (that spike blood sugar) have shown some possible correlation at increasing the amounts of inflammation in acne. Short answer, bananas area probably safe. ...Read more

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Facial Pimples (Definition)

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