acne

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A common human skin disease characterized by areas of scaly red skin (seborrhea) with blackheads/whiteheads (comedones) , pinheads (Papules), large papules (nodules), pimples & possibly scarring. Occurs mostly on face, upper chest & back. Treated with Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic acid, Antibiotics, Hormones, etc.
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Urine for acne?

No harm, no help

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What do you smell like? See a dermatologist if you need help.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered:

Is acne hormonal?

Yes

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Ignore anything you read online about acne physiology, alleged subtypes, guessing underlying causes. All acne is manageable today. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician.
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Dr. Keira L. Barr answered:

What causes acne?

Various causes

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Acne is based in hair follicles. Secretion of oil glands, dead skin cells and a bacteria( Proprionobacterium acnes) within a hair follicle trigger a cascade of signals in your body that leads to inflammation: ie. the red bumps and pus bumps of acne. Hormone levels and stress can contribute to acne and possibly dairy, but greasy foods and chocolate have not been proven to make acne worse.
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What causes acne?

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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.
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Dr. Ben Treen answered:

what causes acne?

Hormones, diet?

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Androgens ("male hormones" such as testosterone) are clearly implicated in causing acne. There is good circumstantial evidence that high glycemic index diet plays a role, too. Hunter/gatherer people rarely have problems with acne until adopting high glycemic index "Western" diets. Hormones in dairy may be another source.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered:

Acne on the back?

Prescription

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Acne on the back almost always requires prescription meds. If you're not a woman for whom the oral contraceptive pill is appropriate, then consider starting with topical clindamycin with benzoyl peroxide or a retinoic acid derivative, adding a systemic antibiotic that's appropriate if this doesn't get the results you want. Dermatologists have the big guns. Good luck.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered:

What causes acne?

Hormones

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Despite pop claims, cleanliness, diet, and fitness have little real impact. Around puberty, hormones thicken the outermost layer of the skin, enlarge the sebaceous glands, and invite the acne bacteria to live and cause trouble there. All acne can be controlled nowadays; one possibility for an 18 year old lady is the oral contraceptive pill if you can take and want it.
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Acne home remedy?

Sulfur granules

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Fowler's Acne Formula calls for the use of flower of Sulfur granules topically on skin. Can use with weak benzoyl peroxide gel 2.5 % for pimples and salicylic acid for papules. Acne is diabetes of the skin. Eat healthy, get good sleep, exercise, and reduce stress, especially stress over the appearance of skin. Acne may be a awake up call to make changes to enhance over all health.
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How to help acne?

Meds

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Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'
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Acne remove cream?

There are many

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There are several retinoids, all by prescription: tretinion, tazarotene, adapalene. Antibiotics can also come in cream form but those also require a prescription. There are also benzoyl peroxide creams that generally do not require a prescription. You should consult a dermatologist for proper evaluation and treatment.
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