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How can I cure acne when i've tried all the medications under the sun?

How can I cure acne when i've tried all the medications under the sun?

Acne: There are many steps and treatments available to treat acne. If topicals aren't working then orals need to be added. Sometimes it's hormonal and there are treatments available for that. See your dermatologist and if you are not clearing then find another dermatologist. ...Read more

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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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Can you advise me on getting sun while on acne medication?

Can you advise me on getting sun while on acne medication?

Use good sunscreen: Some meds used in acne especially the tetracycline antibiotic Minocycline and doxy make you sensitive to UV rays Avoid excess and unnecessary exposure to the sun and always use a good broad spectrum either zinc or titanium based sunbock ...Read more

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What to do if I have a break out from being exposed to the sun while using acne medications/creams?

What to do if I have a break out from being exposed to the sun while using acne medications/creams?

Acne out break: We cant give medical advice to a young minor. We don't know your age, gender, medical condition, skin type, extent of acne, type of acne, what medications are being used, etc. Its not magic, its medicine. We can only provide a meaningful response when you provide meaningful information. ...Read more

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Can the sun clear acne?

Can the sun clear acne?

No: One more myth, and a cruel one. Sun exposure damages the skin and probably won't do much for the acne. We have scientific rx's for acne that work remarkably well and in the 21st century, it's inexcusable not to make these available to a young person with this serious disease. ...Read more

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Does the sun help acne?

Does the sun help acne?

Acne Sun: Moderate exposure to the sun can, in many instances, help acne. That doesn't mean that you should out there and bake in it! ...Read more

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How can the sun affect acne?

How can  the sun affect acne?

Not alot: Sun does not generally affect acne but it in some individuals who are more prone to post-inflammatory hyperoigmentation may be experience increased darkening of the acne affected areas if exposed to the sun. Use non-comedogenic sunscreens in this instance. ...Read more

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Does the sun make your acne worse?

Does the sun make your acne worse?

Sunlight and acne: Actually, sunlight helps acne! several laser treatments for acne are based on this principle. Visible light (not uv or infrared) acts on by products of the bacteria to generate a singlet oxygen molecule. This molecule is the toxic to the bacteria and will kill it. The only problem is with sunlight you get damaging uv light at the same time. The amount of exposure needed can cause skin damage. ...Read more

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What is the Best oral medication for face acne?

What is the Best oral medication for face acne?

Best is relative: Isotretinoin is generally considered the most potent oral acne medication but not necessarily the "Best" especially in females of child bearing age. The best is ultimately decided between the patient and their provider. ...Read more

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What can be done about acne with no medication?

What can be done about acne with no medication?

Forgive my frankness: This is the 21st century. Acne is a serious, chronic, non-lifestyle-related disease that can disfigure a young person physically and emotionally for life. It can be managed by any scientific physician with the expectation of a good result. Don't let an emotional aversion to scientific medicine deny you, or someone for whom you are responsible, the benefits of a real treatment. ...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