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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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I hv nodular cystic acne. N its very painful and hard. Can i go for laser therapy now. D breakouts are very much active. N please suggest name of therapy?

I hv nodular cystic acne. N its very painful and hard. Can i go for laser therapy now. D breakouts are very much active. N please suggest name of therapy?

Serious Rx: If you have not been offered a trial of isotretinoin, please get with your physician now and ask about this. It is not for the faint-hearted and there are risks, but most people who have needed it are glad. You also want an endocrine evaluation, and you may consider the oral contraceptive pill if it is right for you. Laser isn't a magic answer. ...Read more

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What is the best way to cure a dry nose without getting a major acne breakout?

What is the best way to cure a dry nose without getting a major acne breakout?

Non-comedogenic crm: If your nose is dry and flaking, then use a non-comedogenic moisturizer designed specifically for the face. However, often what people believe to be "dry" skin on and around the nose is in fact "oily" scale from a different condition called seborrheic dermatitis. Try some head & shoulders shampoo as a face wash a couple times a week and see if the flaking resolves. Otherwise, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm 45 and been having acne breakouts...Tried many things, still suffering.

Accutane: Accutane is a form of vitamin a. It reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin, and helps your skin renew itself more quickly. Accutane is used to treat severe nodular acne. It is usually given after other acne medicines or antibiotics have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms. ...Read more

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Why do I get acne breakouts when i go to a different country?

Why do I get acne breakouts when i go to a different country?

Many possibilities.: Travel can be stressful, and stress will often exacerbate acne. Rapid climate change can do it too, as can foreign strains of p. Acnes, the bacterial species that plays an important role in acne pathogenesis. Your dermatologist can set you up with a treatment regimen that will prevent these flares most of the time. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my monthly acne breakouts?

How can I prevent my monthly acne breakouts?

See dermatologist: for definitive treatment to help prevent or treat outbreaks of acne. ...Read more

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I did not have acne until recently as an adult (27). My breakouts tend to occur in the same spots and seem to stick around forever! what's the deal?

I did not have acne until recently as an adult (27). My breakouts tend to occur in the same spots and seem to stick around forever! what's the deal?

Adult Acne: Adult acne is a b&(*h. 30-40% of adults have some degree of acne, including many who never had acne as a teenager. Adult acne is usually different than teenage acne. There are a variety of treatments available. For women, looking at hormonal therapy is often worthwhile. ...Read more

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Can stress cause and acne breakout?

Can stress cause and acne breakout?

Not by itself: Stress is good when it pushes you to do things that are good for you and others, bad only when you're helpless or don't know how to cope. Serum cortisol, your best stress hormone, has a slight tendency to worsen acne. Instead of trying a pseudoscientific "stress-reliever" protocol, you owe it to yourself to get 21st century treatment for your acne. Being a young adult is stressful enough! ...Read more

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I have bad painful acne, nothing over-the-counter helps even minimise breakouts, it actually worsens it. What, if anything, can I do?

I have bad painful acne, nothing over-the-counter helps even minimise breakouts,  it actually worsens it. What, if anything, can I do?

If..: If you have tried multiple over the counter remedies and nothing is helping, especially if acne is severe and painful, then it is time to visit a Dermatologist(Skin doctor) for treatment with antibiotics and more powerful medication. Best wishes. ...Read more

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