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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that 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 ...Read more


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Why clindamycin is used for acne gels?

Why clindamycin is used for acne gels?

Reduces Bacteria: Clindamycin reduces sebum bacterial colonies that metabolize the oil and produce inflammatory mediators. ...Read more

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Does benzac (benzoyl peroxide) acne gel actually work?

Does benzac (benzoyl peroxide) acne gel actually work?

Benzoyl peroxide: This is your basic topical treatment. It will clear maybe half of cases of acne. If this is not sufficient, get with your physician who can add something that will. Best wishes. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What's some Good acne cream/gel that WONT dry your face, also WONT make it peel?

What's some Good acne cream/gel that WONT dry your face, also WONT make it peel?

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

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Does the acne medication gel ziana make your face look a lot lighter?

Does the acne medication gel ziana make your face look a lot lighter?

It may: It's a mix of clindamycin and retinoic acid. It's quite good for acne that's not terribly severe. The retinoic acid smooths out the skin fibers over time. ...Read more

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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 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?

Scientific Rx: Mild acne on the face will often respond to a salicylic acid wash or benzoyl peroxide topical rx. If this is too irritating for you, or doesn't prove adequate, get with your physician; topical Clindamycin might be right for you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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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).

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

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My pierced left earlobe hole is infected. Will my acne cream/gel, respectively, benzamycin and retin-A work, or is neosporin strong enough?

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

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Facial Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more