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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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I have started taking roaccutane/isotretanoid today for my acne, i'm really worried after reading so many stories of it causing infertility, chrons disease, osteoarthritis etc. Can anyone give me some info on experiences they have had either taking it or

I have started taking roaccutane/isotretanoid today for my acne, i'm really worried after reading so many stories of it causing infertility, chrons disease, osteoarthritis etc. Can anyone give me some info on experiences they have had either taking it or

Same: Although the package warnings are very concerning, the primary risk with this type of acne treatment is related to drug effects on developing pregnancy, especially birth defect chances. We have seen many women (and men) use this type treatment safely and successfully. Just use exceptional contraceptive methods. ...Read more

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I have started taking roaccutane/isotretanoid today for my acne, i'm really worried after reading so many stories of it causing infertility, chrons disease, osteoarthritis etc. Can anyone give me some info on experiences they have had either taking it or

I have started taking roaccutane/isotretanoid today for my acne, i'm really worried after reading so many stories of it causing infertility, chrons disease, osteoarthritis etc. Can anyone give me some info on experiences they have had either taking it or

Same: Although the package warnings are very concerning, the primary risk with this type of acne treatment is related to drug effects on developing pregnancy, especially birth defect chances. We have seen many women (and men) use this type treatment safely and successfully. Just use exceptional contraceptive methods. ...Read more

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I have started taking roaccutane/isotretanoid today for my acne, i'm really worried after reading so many stories of it causing infertility, chrons disease, osteoarthritis etc. Can anyone give me some info on experiences they have had either taking it or

Generally safe: Although the package warnings are very concerning, the primary risk with this type of acne treatment is related to drug effects on developing pregnancy, especially birth defect chances. We have seen many women (and men) use this type treatment safely and successfully. Just use exceptional contraceptive methods. ...Read more

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Need reliable info on taking evening primrose oil and omega 3 fish oil together to combat moderate chin acne?

Need reliable info on taking evening primrose oil and omega 3 fish oil together to combat moderate chin acne?

No reliable evidence: I don't believe there is concrete evidence! It is easier to prevent acne than treating severe acne because severe/cystic acne will cause scars which are permanent. Inflammatory acne are often treated with topical benzoy/antibiotic combo or oral antibiotics. blackheads acne probably better treated with some retinoid derivatives..It is best to consult doc for individualized treatment... Good luck ...Read more

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How to treat acnes?

How to treat acnes?

Some options...: 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 phosphate) 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 might use oral Accutane. ...Read more

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There is acnes on my face?

There is acnes on my face?

Facial acne: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day & use oil free products. No oily hair . Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider OTC products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). Retinoids/ comedone extractor can be helpful for black heads. If > mild acne see dermatology. ...Read more

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What is acne?

What is acne?

Blocked sebum....: Each hair follicle has a sweat gland....which opens to a skin pore........because of some reason the pore or sweat duct gets blocked to cause cummulation of fluid which can get infected and inflamed and raised above skin surface..........Acne ...Read more

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What is acne?

What is acne?

Acne: During puberty, there is an increase in sebum production in the skin. Sebum and skin debris clog pores and the blockage results in inflammation. Gently cleaning the surface of the skin and applying acne medications such as benzoyl peroxide or prescription clindamycin help reduce the bacteria and clean up to the top layer of the skin allowing the pimples/comedones to clear over time. ...Read more

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What is acne?

What is acne?

Please see referance: It is a big topic, so please review this site. It is an inflammation of the oil glands over the face chest and back primarily. Hormonal factors play a big role esp. in teens. Young adults may have other factors contributing to this and will need some further evaluation. https://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/a---d/acne ...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