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Doctor insights on: Acne Pathophysiology

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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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What causes cystic (nodular) acne?

What causes cystic (nodular) acne?

Genetics: You inherit acne and can trigger break outs with stress, lack of sleep, sun damage, hormones, and more. You need a doctor to treat this. It can be life long and it will be best to get it under control to avoid scarring. Avoid Picking. To get help with scarring or active breakouts a medspa doctor can prescribe medication and laser skin care therapy as well as products between visits. ...Read more

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What causes acne marks and scars?

Destruction: When you have inflammatory acne for a long time the natural structure of your skin becomes permanently changed and the good structure is damaged and changed and marks or scars result. ...Read more

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Please answer! what medicine helps cystic acne?

Please answer! what medicine helps cystic acne?

Isotretinoin: Today this is the mainstay of treatment for cystic acne. It is not for the faint-hearted and you need to follow instructions meticulously. ...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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What's the fastest/best treatment for acne vulgaris and cystic acne?

What's the fastest/best treatment for acne vulgaris and cystic acne?

Derm consult: If you have cystic acne, you deserve 21st century treatment beyond what even your family doc can provide. A dermatologist will probably place you on one of the vitamin a derivatives; they are unpleasant and somewhat dangerous, you'll need to listen to the instructions carefully, and they work. Life is rough enough without cystic acne. I wish you the best. ...Read more

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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

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How to eliminate acne & acne scars on face? (affordable)

How to eliminate acne & acne scars on face? (affordable)

Acne treatments: Acne treatment depends on the severity. Mild acne can be treated with good skin care products such as Retin-A and topical benzoyl peroxide. Moderate acne can add topical antibiotic as well as peels and lasers. Severe acne may need short term antibiotics, retin-a, topical antibiotics, ala and laser followed by resurfacing for scars and or accutane. ...Read more

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What medicine helps with cystic acne?

Cystic Acne: Severe acne is characterized by deep cysts, inflammation, extensive damage to the skin and scarring. It requires an aggressive treatment regimen and should be treated by a dermatologist. Severe, disfiguring forms of acne can require years of treatment and may experience one or more treatment failures. However, almost every case of acne can be successfully treated. There is no one medication. ...Read more

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What medicine helps with cystic acne?

What medicine helps with cystic acne?

Cystic Acne: Severe acne is characterized by deep cysts, inflammation, extensive damage to the skin and scarring. It requires an aggressive treatment regimen and should be treated by a dermatologist. Severe, disfiguring forms of acne can require years of treatment and may experience one or more treatment failures. However, almost every case of acne can be successfully treated. There is no one medication. ...Read more

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What is acne conglobata?

Sever form of acne : Severe form of acne that is more common in males. It typically causes comedones, papules, pustules, nodules, cysts, and multichanneled draining sinuses. Scarring and keloid formation are also common. Lesions usually occur on the face, neck, trunk and upper extremities. See a dermatologist in your area if you haven't already. ...Read more

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Is acne hormonal?

Is acne hormonal?

Yes: Ignore anything you read online about acne physiology, alleged subtypes, guessing underlying causes. All acne is manageable today. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. ...Read more

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What triggers acne breakout in women?

What triggers acne breakout in women?

Testosterone + ?: Acne in adolescents is caused by increased testosterone production as they enter puberty (both males and females). Ditto for pregnant women. The testosterone causes increased oil production, which overwhelms the oil duct, leading to clogging, and then acne. Other hormones are probably involved as well; the exact hormonal combination has not yet been worked out. ...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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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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I am sufferinf from these skin problems acne, rosacea, carbuncle, impetigo,?

I am sufferinf from these skin problems acne, rosacea, carbuncle, impetigo,?

See a physician: Acne is normal fro your age. Infected acne may be responsible for these diagnoses . Please see a physician, all these conditions are manageable ...Read more

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Which homeopathic cream prevent acne marks?

Which homeopathic cream prevent acne marks?

"Seven 7 Cream": A product called "7 cream" contains calendula, aloe vera, shea butter, coconut, avocado, neem and manuka oils. It can help areas of skin that are damaged, inflamed, or healing. It's not a homeopathic remedy because it isn't individualized to you. But it has no parabens, is safe topically, and some of my patients have liked it. http://7cream.ca/ also available on amazon.Com. ...Read more

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