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My acne has spread to everywhere on my body- is this some sort of condition or disorder?

My acne has spread to everywhere on my body- is this some sort of condition or disorder?

Get seen: Acne spreading later in life should be seen by a general physician and perhaps a dermatologist. There may be an underlying cause -- or it may not in fact be common acne. Best wishes and i hope things turn out well. ...Read more

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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How to get complete control over acne. It has been 4 years now, that i'm engaged in this particular disease.

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

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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.

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

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Hidradenitis suppurative (acne inversa), do you know what causes flare-ups from this disease?

Hidradenitis suppurative (acne inversa), do you know what causes flare-ups from this disease?

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

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What disease may cause acne on yhe pubic area and armpits?

What disease may cause acne on yhe pubic area and armpits?

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 more

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Skin acne on face and back/or chest is caused by hormonal disorder? What can be done, if it is so?

Skin acne on face and back/or chest is caused by hormonal disorder? What can be done, if it is so?

Acne: Acne, in general is not a hormonal imbalace except in women who have pcos. As such you should see your gynecologist or a gynecological endocrinologist for evaluation of your hormonal levels. ...Read more

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Since my hormone disorders my skin become fill of acne and large painful acne and becoming dry and coarse texture is there a connection between them?

Since my hormone disorders my skin become fill of acne and large painful acne and becoming dry and coarse texture is there a connection between them?

Absolutely: Acne and hormones are 100% related. Acne first appear in puberty when youth go through hormonal change. They are common in pregnancy in some women, whereas others experience their regression. ...Read more

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Can hashimoto's disease cause acne?

Can hashimoto's disease cause acne?

No: It is from your hormones other than thyroid. ...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