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Is it okay to use laser resurfacing for acne after you have been on roacutane ( oral pills )?

Is it okay to use laser resurfacing for acne after you have been on roacutane ( oral pills )?

Depends: It depends on how long ago you were on the meds, how high the dosage was, and if you need laser resurfacing. Your doctor can evaluate that during a consult prior to booking the procedure. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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For acne I tried tretinoin, oral/topical antibiotics, & birth control & still get a lot of acne. Low dose accutane a great final choice? Is it safe?

For acne I tried tretinoin,  oral/topical antibiotics, & birth control & still get a lot of acne. Low dose accutane a great final choice?  Is it safe?

Yes: Accutane is very effective for cystic acne. It has the potential to adversely effect the growth and development of an unborn child if you become pregnant, so it is very very important that if you are sexually active that two forms of birth control are used. ...Read more

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My dermatologist recommended Accutane for me without trying birth control yet. Acne gets worse during menstruation. Any thoughts or recommendations?

My dermatologist recommended Accutane for me without trying birth control yet.  Acne gets worse during menstruation. Any thoughts or recommendations?

BCP help acne: You certainly do not want to get pregnant while on Accutane due to possible birth defects. Most bcp will help acne. Your derm may be uncomfortable prescribing it so please see your gynecologist. Bcp can always be an adjunct to any meds your derm prescribes. ...Read more

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What acne treatments are safe during pregnancy?

What acne treatments are safe during pregnancy?

Very limited: Topical benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, erythromycin. Oral erythromycin. Acne tends to be worse the first 20 weeks, often less severe the last 20. May be worse after delivery. Sun will help but avoid burning. ...Read more

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I get cystic acne every month before my period. Other than taking birth control pills, what is the best treatment for painful cystic acne due hormone

I get cystic acne every month before my period. Other than taking birth control pills, what is the best treatment for painful cystic acne due  hormone

"Aggravated by": Hello, The reason your skin loses control during your period is because the fire is smoldering under the radar all month. When the hormones kick up, it's like gasoline on the fire. This video may help you get organized with this very emotional situation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjdCSMnjqlY hope it helps. -Dr. Neal Schwartz ...Read more

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What's the safest topical acne medication for pregnant woman?

What's the safest topical acne medication for pregnant woman?

Topical meds: In general, any acne topical is safe during pregnancy or for a breastfeeding mother. They are not absorbed in a quantity that would cross into your blood which would be the way they reach baby. Inform your OB of any meds/supplements you use in any form to let them be aware of plans. ...Read more

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What are doctors' recommendations to cure acne while taking a shower?

What are doctors' recommendations to cure acne while taking a shower?

Take your Rx there: Home remedies for acne will probably disappoint you, but evidence-based meds (benzoyl peroxide, prescription meds from your doctor) actually work and keep it at bay. Don't let someone's aversion to scientific medicine, or the false idea that acne shouldn't be treated because it eventually self-cures, keep you from getting the health care that you need. ...Read more

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I take birth control for acne along with doxycycline and antibiotic creams. I am afraid when I stop taking bc, acne will return worse than ever..?

I take birth control for acne along with doxycycline and antibiotic creams. I am afraid when I stop taking bc, acne will return worse than ever..?

May not: You need to give it try. It is imperative that you use an alternative method of contraception if you are sexually active. You may consider getting an IUD before stopping bc. It would be useful to consult your doctor who prescribed BC as s/he knows your health history better. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Is topical tretinoin 0.05% teratogenic? When i can get pregnant after stopping it?

Is topical tretinoin 0.05% teratogenic? When i can get pregnant after stopping it?

No, not topical use: Tretinoin is teratogenic only if you take it by mouth and happen to get pregnant. Topical use is fine and it is safe in terms of teratogenic effects. ...Read more

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Suffering from nodular cystic acne. During periods acne bcom worse. M on isotroin 30 mg medication. How to control severe acne during periods. Pls hlp?

Suffering from nodular cystic acne. During periods acne bcom worse. M on isotroin 30 mg medication. How to control severe acne during periods. Pls hlp?

Hormonal Acne: If you are having acne breakouts during menses while on isotretinoin, your problem is likely more related to hormones. I would see your doctor about a hormonal workup (check testosterone, fsh/lh, dhea-s), and look at more hormone specific treatments for acne, like spironolactone, cyproterone, or flutamide. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a facial while taking prescription acne medications benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin ?

Is it safe to get a facial while taking prescription acne medications benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin ?

Likely OK: A good spa will have providers who are familiar with common skin agents. I suggest you discuss it with your esthetician before the treatment, and if she/he looks at you with a blank stare, find another provider. ...Read more

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Mild-moderate acne on forehead/chin/sometimes cheeks. Birth control not helping but want to take. Doxycycline caused yeast infection. Other methods?

Mild-moderate acne on forehead/chin/sometimes cheeks. Birth control not helping but want to take. Doxycycline caused yeast infection. Other methods?

Acne: Many women with acne have insulin resistance. If you have irregular cycles you may want to be checked. Cut down on processed carbs and sweets, use a mild soap like neutrogena, an alpha hydroxy cream and benzoyl peroxide. ...Read more

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Proactiv didn't work for me so i'm going to switch to a different acne treatment. Any tips?

Proactiv didn't work for me so i'm going to switch to a different acne treatment. Any tips?

Limited: The only fda approved ingredients acquaint in over the counter products are benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Mural products contain salicylic acid. If you have a prescription plan, the dermatologist will have a wider variety of creams that be used alone or in combination. ...Read more

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Best acne treatment?

Best acne treatment?

Options exist: Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon or dematologist to evaluate your personal options. This may include lasers, chemical peels, dermabrasion or prescription skin care. There are many options and you need a regimen tailored to your specific situation and expected results. ...Read more

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Tips on acne treatment?

Tips on acne treatment?

Rx's best: Since you are a female, your physician may be able to identify a mild hormonal problem putting you at extra risk. Over-the-counter stuff is weak. I start with topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative, adding a systemic antibiotic if needed (erythromycin might be a good choice if you can tolerate it). Only dermatologists can use the strongest medications. ...Read more

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Acne treatment for the back?

Acne treatment for the back?

Several types: It really depends on the type of acne and severity of the acne. If is is moderate to severe, oral antibiotics with topical treatments prescribed by a dermatologist is necessary. If it is very severe, Accutane may be necessary. It is is mild, topical prescriptions may help alon. ...Read more

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What is best acne treatment?

What is best acne treatment?

Scientific: It's unfortunate if you're 25 & haven't yet been rx'd effectively. Mildest cases may respond to topical benzoyl peroxide. Next step is topical Clindamycin or something similar, retinoic acid derivative if many blackheads. If not clear in a month or so, a systemic antibiotic for a guy, maybe tetracycline 500 2x/day; for the toughest cases Accutane will clear you tho it's not pleasant. ...Read more

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What is the best acne treatment?

See Dermatologist: Best to be seen by a well experienced board-certified dermatologist; nothing replaces in person history and physical when it comes to good medical care/recommendations. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is greenstone acne treatment good ?

Is greenstone acne treatment good ?

Clindamycin: It's pretty good for relatively mild disease, but never use an antibiotic as sole treatment for acne. It's especially good in combination with topical benzoyl peroxide. ...Read more

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I need help finding an acne treatment?

I need help finding an acne treatment?

Acne treatment: Dermatologists are experienced at acne management. Find one. ...Read more

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What steps should I take for acne treatment?

What steps should I take for acne treatment?

Acne treatment no Rx: Acne can be prevented or minimized by using a gentle cleanser twice daily, over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid products followed by a noncomedogenic moisturizer such as Cetaphil, Ceravue or similar. ...Read more

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What is the best recommended acne treatment?

What is the best recommended acne treatment?

Rx: If it's worrisome enough to write healthtap, you deserve a 21st century rx. I start with topical clindamycin, with a retinoic acid derivative if there are many blackheads, maybe benzoyl peroxide if not. Nastier acne or if present on the trunk usually requires an appropriate systemic antibiotic as well, and for the deep stuff, dermatologists have the big guns. Should be manageable. Good luck. ...Read more

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Please describe a good acne treatment for me?

Please describe a good acne treatment for me?

Scientific Rx: Two weeks trial of topical benzoyl peroxide alone. This clears most mild acne. If not clear, physician's office visit. Options may include topical retinoic acid derivative, topical clindamycin, the oral contraceptive pill for a woman who can take it, and/or an appropriate systemic antibiotic right for the patient. Tough cases referred for isotretinoin. Manage as a chronic disease. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is x out a good acne treatment ?

Yes: This is topical benzoyl peroxide, rather more concentrated than you may fnid elsewhere. If you're not clear in two weeks, your physician can try one or more additional medicines. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Clortrmazole cream as an acne treatment?

Won't help: It's for fungi and won't touch the propionobacteria that cause acne. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you after two weeks, get with your personal physician. ...Read more

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Is proactiv+ a good teen acne treatment?

Is proactiv+ a good teen acne treatment?

MAY BE....,: But, the best treatment will be what the dermatologist gives depending on the type, severity of your acne. ...Read more

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How painful is blue light acne treatment?

How painful is blue light acne treatment?

Pain with Acne Light: It depends on whether levulan chemical is used. The chemical will make it more uncomfortable, but probably make the treatment work better. The treatment will also work without the medicine. It creates oxygen in the glands, which is toxic to the bacteria. It is a good adjunctive treatment, but nothing beats Isotretinoin for long-term resolution of acne. ...Read more

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How effective is the laser acne treatment?

How effective is the  laser acne treatment?

Effective: It depends on the acne and the laser used. It can be very effective though with the correct laser and settings. ...Read more

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Is Accutane recommended for acne treatment?

Is Accutane recommended for acne treatment?

For severe cases: Accutane is a very strong but very effective drug for acne. It has potential serious side effects and requires close monitoring. That said, i know multiple patients who have had phenomenal improvements with Accutane that say they would do the treatment over. I recommend you see a local dermatologist for a consultation and more information. ...Read more

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Where do I go to get a blue light acne treatment done?

Where do I go to get a blue light acne treatment done?

Blu Light for Acne: You'll want to goggle dermatologists in your area to find someone who offers blu light therapy. Blu-u® has a high-intensity, narrow-band blue light that kills the propionibacterium acnes bacteria responsible for causing acne in skin. It can be a useful alternative to oral antibiotics. More info at http://www.Skin-vein.Com/cosmetic-dermatology/blu-u-light-therapy. ...Read more

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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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Pimples (Definition)

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