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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
Just got prescribed the acne gel tazorac (tazarotene) have not seen improvement yet how long does it take to start working?
If I am on antibiotic and an acne gel, can that affect or cause false results on a toxoplasma IgG test or a Lyme IgG test?
No, meds won't do it: Ninety percent of us have been exposed to Toxoplasma, so it's no surprise your IgG test for that is positive. No worries there. With Lyme IgGs it depends on 'what bands' may or may not be positive. You would need at least 5 bands on the IgG test to be considered a positive, but then that needs to be interpreted in the right clinical context. Ur meds aren't at fault. Good to check back with ur doc. ...Read more
Depends.: Many acne remedies work BECAUSE they dry your skin, i.e. make it inhospitable to the bacteria that causes it. If drying/peeling is excessive, try applying less & using less often, or applying at night so the drying occurs while you're asleep. If your skin is really sensitive an antibiotic lotion is a good alternative, but you'll need a prescription for those. ...Read more
I have mild acne on my face , I am worried about the rednessaway by itself . Is it true or I should use a acne treatment gel?
I am already on acne antibiotic gels, i would like to know of a medicine to use on already started pimples, to reduce them (apart from preventing).
Add another Rx: Many men do not get adequate relief from an antibiotic gel. It may be time to talk with your physician about a systemic antibiotic, or if you're ready for a medication such as Accutane which is extremely effective but rather unpleasant and a bit risky, now's the time to make this known. This is the 21st century and we can clear you up if that's your wish. ...Read more
My pierced left earlobe hole is infected. Will my acne cream/gel, respectively, benzamycin and retin-A work, or is neosporin strong enough?
See dermatologist: This may be a reaction to something applied to it, maybe not infection. DOES IT ITCH?? Throw away the neosporin. It is not only useless against infection, it is one of the most common things people are allergic to. ...Read more