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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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What are some effective treatments for acne scarring?

What are some effective treatments for acne scarring?

High-tech: For the depressed scars, microsurgery, laser and fillers are all helpful. Some male hollywood leads have kept their scars for the "tough guy" look. I'm sorry your acne was neglected. You do have a choice. ...Read more

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What are some acne treatments for teens besides proactive?

What are some acne treatments for teens besides proactive?

Ones that work: Being a teen is hard enough without acne, and a teen has a right to something that works better than slick-packaged benzoyl peroxide. I start teens on topical Clindamycin with or without retinoic acid, and move to stronger stuff, including a systemic antibiotic, if it fails. For the really hard cases, dermatologist have the big guns. Junior deserves the best. Good luck. ...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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Is the treatment for teen and youth acne different from the treatment for adult acne?

Is the treatment for teen and youth acne different from the treatment for adult acne?

No: Adults with true acne use the same treatments as teens use. (rosacea in adults can be confused with acne, but has different treatment). For true acne, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel/cream is helpful. Doctors can add antibiotic gels. If more help is needed, retinoids such as Retin-A or differin (adapalene) gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral contraceptives & oral antibiotics are options. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for acne scars?

What are some treatments for acne scars?

So many possible: Choices: chem peel laser abrasion fillers fraxel pixel excision face lift dermabrasion. ...Read more

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Topical treatment for acne scars?

Topical treatment for acne scars?

Fading creams: The gold standard for lightening dark marks is hydroquinone. You can purchase fading creams that contain 2-3% hydroquinone without a prescription (ambi, atra, porcelana, nadinola, to name a few). You should also be careful to protect your skin with sunscreen, as sun will make dark marks darker. Stronger prescription fading creams and chemical peels exist. Pitted scars require laser resurfacing. ...Read more

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Which facial creams for acne and blackheads are considered effective?

Which facial creams for acne and blackheads are considered effective?

Scientific Rx: With a lot of blackheads / comedones, you're best get with your personal physician now. The best rx to start with is probably a topical retinoic acid derivative. ...Read more

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What are good treatment options for adult acne?

What are good treatment options for adult acne?

ADULT ACNE: Adult acne is caused by sebum an oily substance prodused by sebaceous gland which clogs the pores which attract bacteria and it gets infected and inflamed.Treatment options are skin cleansers like cetaphil lotio, over the counter retinol creams to clear the pores.Benzyl peroxide wash and prescription clindamycine cream or lotion or tetrecycline, and newre therapy with lasers, for acne scars salicylic. ...Read more

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Treatment for neonatal acne?

Treatment for neonatal acne?

Patience: Babies sit in the equivalent of moisturizers and cold cream prior to delivery, cancelling the effect of pregnancy/maternal hormones and air drying on the skin. Within a few weeks, neonatal acne will emerge on most infants and continue to some extent for weeks until it disappears by 4-6 months of age. No treatment beyond keeping the skin clean is justified by this transient process. ...Read more

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What are treatment options for acne scars?

What are treatment options for acne scars?

Acne Scar Treatment: There are a number of options for acne scars depending on their size, shape, depth, and skin type. Laser resurfacing, usually fractional, may help improve the texture of the skin but may require multiple treatments. If there is deep scarring, the scars can be excised or cut out. Subcision, releasing the scar underneath the skin, along with fillers or fat can also improve the skin texture. ...Read more

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Is dermabrasion for acne effective?

Is dermabrasion for acne effective?

No: May actually worsen acne, is only used for scars, and is rapidly being replaced by fractionated lasers, whichh also do not help acne. ...Read more

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Treatments for eczema?

Treatments for eczema?

Steroid creams: Eczema is an inflammatory condition of the skin that is in the allergy-family of reactions. Most commonly, eczema is treated with topical steroid creams or ointments, starting at the milder strengths and working our way up as needed. See your doctor to confirm the diagnosis and to discuss a treatment plan. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for acne?

What are some treatments for acne?

Scientific Rx: The best over-the-counter treatment is topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day as tolerated. Tea tree oil is the most effective of the "herbal" remedies as it is an estrogen. If benzoyl peroxide does not clear you in two weeks, your physician can guide you among topical retinoic acid derivatives, topical clindamycin, topical spironolactone, systemic antibiotics, "the pill" and isotretinoin. ...Read more

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How effective are lemons for treating acne?

How effective are lemons for treating acne?

No: Acne is a serious, chronic, non-lifestyle-related, non-hygiene-related disease that often has a devastating and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Even if benzoyl peroxide fails, all acne can be managed effectively by a physician. If you are responsible for the physical and emotional health of a young people, please don't waste time with "household remedies.". ...Read more

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Is micro-dermabrasion effective for acne and acne scarring?

Is micro-dermabrasion effective for acne and acne scarring?

Usually not: Micro-dermabrasion is best suited for removal of dead cells from the skin surface. Does not go deep enough to effectively reduce the depth of scarring or produce an adequate reaction under the skin to help smooth the base. ...Read more

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What is most effective for acne scars?

Depends: No home remedies will get rid of scars. Silicone sheets and liquid silicone can have modest improvements, but all the options available for significant improvement of acne scars have to be performed by a doctor (laser, chemical peels, excision, etc...). ...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