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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
How to get complete control over acne. It has been 4 years now, that i'm engaged in this particular disease.
Next options: I understand that a macrolide antibiotic has not been altogether successful. A conservative option would be to add topical Clindamycin and switch the systemic antibiotic to tetracycline 500 2x/day. The other is to talk seriously about a trial of accutane. It's not cheap, not pleasant, and not risk-free. Every man i know who's had to use it has been glad. Best wishes. ...Read more
How can I break away from my body dismorphic dissorder? I pick at acne and obsess over my weight and can't leave the house. I need advice.
Emotional help: The very fact that you have some awareness of this condition is a positive step in the right direction. Ultimately you will benefit from psychological counseling, preferably by one who has had plenty of experience and success in this area. It is truly ironic how this condition so frequently affects people who are otherwise perceived by others as exceptionally beautiful. :). ...Read more
Nobody knows: Lifestyle and situations aren't the key to managing this often very troubling illness. Focus on prescribed rx which is likely to be difficult enough. Consider dermatology and surgical consultations. There's some interesting new work -- some of the biotech products seem to help greatly. ...Read more
Folliculitis: Folliculitis, an inflammation, irritation, or infection of the hair follicles can cause this type of reaction. A more severe condition called hiradenitis supparativa can also led to acne bumps and cysts in this body area. Go to a board certified dermatologist for evaluation an treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer