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Dr. Ed Friedlander
2,095 doctors shared insights

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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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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What is causing my acne breakout?

What is causing my acne breakout?

See your doctor: You should probably have your doctor take a look just to be safe. ...Read more

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What triggers acne breakout in women?

What triggers acne breakout in women?

Testosterone + ?: Acne in adolescents is caused by increased testosterone production as they enter puberty (both males and females). Ditto for pregnant women. The testosterone causes increased oil production, which overwhelms the oil duct, leading to clogging, and then acne. Other hormones are probably involved as well; the exact hormonal combination has not yet been worked out. ...Read more

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I have acne breakouts in winter only .Why?

I have acne breakouts in winter only .Why?

Acne breakouts: Acne breakouts are a complex source of patient frustration. There are many potential inciting factors some of which are controversial. In winter, most issues acne issues lead to drier skin. Drier air (creating drier skin) due to a lack of humidity is a common problem. Some patients don't exercise as much as well as drink enough water during this time. Speak with an acne specialist in person. ...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?

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

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