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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne 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. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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My daughter, 20, has acne and blemish all over her body, specially on her back and face.She has oily skin too.What is the possible treatment for it?

My daughter, 20, has acne and blemish all over her body, specially on her back and face.She has oily skin too.What is the possible treatment for it?

Several: First, wash with soap and water. Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid creams can help. Sometimes topical or oral antibiotics are used. Some people find moderate sun exposure to be helpful as long as they are not on a medicine that makes them overly sensitive to the sun. In severe cases, sometimes, Azelaic Acid or oral retinoids are used. Daily exercise with copious sweating followed by shower helps. ...Read more

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What's Derma Roller treatment? What is it good for? What skin type is it for? I have oily skin. Few blemishes. No scars or acne.Will it suit me or no?

What's Derma Roller treatment? What is it good for? What skin type is it for? I have oily skin. Few blemishes. No scars or acne.Will it suit me or no?

Don't bother: This is a quacky roller with tiny needles. Some folks say it helps some with acne scars; I can't address this. It won't "help your oil skin". I'm really glad you're health-conscious, and the fact that you'd consider something like this shows you're good-hearted. I hope your sales resistance will help you the next time you're confronted with something like this. Best wishes ...Read more

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Best treatment for acne?

Best treatment for acne?

Scientific Rx: If topical benzoyl peroxide hasn't worked in two weeks, get with your physician. Home remedies are only an adjucnt. Acne is a serious, chronic, non-lifestyle-related disease that cannot be cured, will remit in time, and can be managed. Topical Clindamycin often clears milder cases; acne on the trunk tends to require systemic rx. ...Read more

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Treatment for post-acne marks?

Treatment for post-acne marks?

Depends: Depends on the marks red spots. These come from acne inflammation and resolve over a few months. No treatment needed brown spots. Also come from inflammation, but in this case the inflammation leads to hyper pigmentation. This resolves on its own, but there are topical meds that help. Pitted scars. This needs laser treatment, surgery, or chemical peels to treat. ...Read more

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What's a good treatment for acne?

What's a good treatment for acne?

Rx: I start folks on topical clindamycin, plus benzoyl peroxide if there aren't a lot of blackheads or a retinoid acid derivative if there are. A woman who can take and wants the oral contraceptive pill will often be cleared by it. If this isn't sufficient (patient's opinion), the right systemic antibiotic usually works; the dermatologists have the big guns. ...Read more

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Whats the good treatment for acne?

Whats the good treatment for acne?

Several options help: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel/cream is quite helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel/cream such as Cleocin (clindamycin) gel. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or Differin gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral antibiotics such as tetracycline can be used also. If acne is quite severe, a dermatologist can help. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for acne?

What is a good treatment for acne?

Real science: Start with benzoyl peroxide otc if you can tolerate it. Rx topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative is next. Your physician may move to the oral contraceptive pill if you are a woman and can take it, or the right oral antibiotic (macrolide, tetracycline). Dermatologists have the big guns. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for acne!

What is the best treatment for acne!

Multiple: So acne is a very common and complex issue. There are many many treatments and they are very individually tailored. So the best answer for you may not be the best for someone else. There are many medications that work really well but are very risky for pregnancy so require regular pregnancy tests and birth control. Others that are topical ointments. Again best is to visit with your doctor or derm. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for body acne?

Whatever works: It depends on your definition of "best". Some people can do w/ simple face (&body) scrubs & food trigger avoidance. Others require topical lotions & prescriptions. A third type (like me) was prescribed retinoic acid, but that kept me out of the sun for more than 2 yrs & I lost my spot on the varsity team (couldn't practice). All treatments have differing potency & side effects, so talk to ur docto ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more