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Cystic modular acne doxy treatment line?

Cystic modular acne doxy treatment line?

Helpful for acne.: Doxycycline is an antibiotic that is commonly prescribed for cystic or nodular acne. It is typically prescribed when topical medications are ineffective. It would be best to see your local dermatologist or plastic surgeon specializing in skin care to develop a comprehensive approach to your acne. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A common skin condition that causes red or white raised pimples, especially on the face, chest and back. Caused when the sebaceous glands in the skin ...Read more


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Can seborehhic keratosis lesions be two different colors?

Can seborehhic keratosis lesions be two different colors?

Sure: They usually start as small, rough bumps, then slowly thicken and get a warty surface. Most are tan or brown and can be multiple shades. They have a waxy, "pasted on" appearance...they look like a dab of warm, brown candle wax on the skin. There are some skin lesions, especially smooth moles, with various pigments which should be checked, especially if very dark/black suggesting melanoma. ...Read more

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How effective is proactive on healing acne scars and skin conditions?

Derm evaluation: Proactiv is topical dermatologic treatments based around salicylic acid, which is a known treatment for acne. Proactiv really has an effective marketing scheme, but it may not be the best treat for all skin conditions. I would seriously suggest a consultation with a dermatologist before starting any skin therapy and learn about all the options. ...Read more

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Lichen simplex chronicus pathology was done in 2008 saying;biopsy of skin on chin show hyperkeratosis without fungal infestation, spongiotic changes of the epidermis and a superficial perivascular chronic inflammatory cell infiltrate composed of primari

Lichen simplex chronicus pathology was done in 2008 saying;biopsy of  skin on chin show hyperkeratosis without fungal infestation, spongiotic changes of the epidermis and a superficial perivascular chronic inflammatory  cell infiltrate composed of primari

This : This is very challenging without a clinical examination. This could be lichen simplex chronicus, prurigo nodularis, or other possibilities. Certainly i would get it looked at to be sure so i would recommend you see a dermatologist to further evaluate the area. There are many treatment options to helps these conditions. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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Can acne medication be used on skin nodules?

Can acne medication be used on skin nodules?

Skin nodules: There are many different kinds of skin nodules. Some are pimples and folliculitis and acne nodules. Acne medication could be used on those. However the majority of skin nodules are growths such as moles, dermatofibroma, seborrheic keratosis, or other malignant or benign neoplasm. See your dermatologist to evaluate the nodules and prescribe the appropriate therapy. ...Read more

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Pigmented lesion ..Back...Biopsy sheets dermoepidermal junction nests pigmented bland looking round cells &nuclei.......Whats diagnosis plz?

Pigmented lesion ..Back...Biopsy sheets dermoepidermal junction  nests pigmented bland looking round cells &nuclei.......Whats diagnosis plz?

Sounds benign: This description sounds like a benign mole or what a pathologist would call a junctional nevus. There should be a final diagnosis on the report in addition to the description. Doesn't sound worrisome or atypical to me. ...Read more

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How is skin cancer differentiated from other lesions?

Biopsy: All skin problems (benign or otherwise) are differentiated ultimately by their appearance under the microscope. Each skin cancer, rash, etc has a different appearance under the microscope. So...If you have a concerning lesion, it will probably need to be biopsied by your md. ...Read more

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Shave bio on mod dysplastic nevi, could melanoma grow without any visible signs on surface of skin?

Shave bio on mod dysplastic nevi, could melanoma grow without any visible signs on surface of skin?

Get lesion excised: Dysplastic lesions are better addressed by excision rather than monitoring as scar tissue or loss of color in lesion may impede detection in a shave biopsy site. ...Read more

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Symptoms of nodular skin cancers?

Symptoms of nodular skin cancers?

Skin cancer: Nodular cancers can be pigmented or non pigmented. If pigmented- will need urgent attention as your doctor will need to rule out melanoma as they can be aggressive. Non pigmented still need to be seen as melanomas can be non pigmented in about 25% cases. Basal cell cancer and sq cell CA usually will resent with non healing lesions and then can ulcerate. See your doctor as they may be symptomless. ...Read more

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Mole grew back 6 weeks after shave. Report compound melanocytic nevus architectural disorder moderate cytologic atypia. What's this mean, melanoma ?

Mole grew back 6 weeks after shave. Report compound melanocytic nevus architectural disorder moderate cytologic atypia. What's this mean, melanoma ?

Seek 2nd opinion: Recurrence of a mole makes it likely that it is a melanoma. You should get further surgery done by a melanoma expert(surgical Oncologist). It always useful to seek 2 or 3 opinions and go with the aggregate of the recommendation, provided to you. ...Read more

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Is cystic acne contagious?

Is cystic acne contagious?

No: Anyone with cystic acne should consider a course of Isotretinoin if they are an appropriate candidate. The microbes that cause acne are ubiquitous and on everybody's skin. ...Read more

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Are acne & scar treatments medical or cosmetic? Who treats skin of color? (Brown skin)

Are acne & scar treatments medical or cosmetic? Who treats skin of color? (Brown skin)

Acne: Depending on the situation and appearance it could be medical and/or cosmetic, I would suggest seeing a dermatologist as the starting point. ...Read more

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Is laser acne removal effective on acne or only on older scars?

Is laser acne removal effective on acne or only on older scars?

On scars: It is not effective for active acne , and except for the aesthera laser potentially harmful. It is great for other acne scars, especially the mixto fractional which has won the aesthetic award last two years in a row for acne scar removal.! ...Read more

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Acne and pimple treatment?

Acne and pimple treatment?

Acne therapy: If your acne doesn't respond to otc treatments, consider seeing a doctor or dermatologist to get a stronger prescription lotion. Tretinoin (avita, retin-a, others), Adapalene (differin) and tazarotene (tazorac, avage) are examples of topical prescription products derived from vitamin a. They work by promoting cell turnover and preventing plugging . You may also need oral antibiotics like doryx (doxycycline). ...Read more

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What makes cystic nodular acne different from everyday acne?

What makes cystic nodular acne different from everyday acne?

Sebaceous glands: Acne can occur anywhere there are sebaceous glands (oil glands) in the skin. Web md is a great resource to learn more about acne. Skin hygiene with soap and water followed by benzol peroxide or 2% salicylic acid products are over the counter options. An evaluation by a dermatologist can help develop a long term plan. Resistant acne can also be treated with antibiotics and some laser therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

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


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