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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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What is the best treatment for scarring from acne vulgaris?

What is the best treatment for scarring from acne vulgaris?

Depends on scar: Treatment for acne scarring depends on the type of scar. Atrophic scarring responds to peeling or fillers. Elevated thick scars need intralesional steroids, pulsed dye laser or fractional co2 laser therapy. Ice pick type scars need punch excision. ...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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What number of days it takes to cure acne vulgaris?

What number of days it takes to cure acne vulgaris?

It's not curable: Get over this idea and learn to manage it successfully as a chronic disease that will eventually remit. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician who can add prescription-strength Rx. ...Read more

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How can I cure acne vulgaris and acne scars. Precautions for acne?

How can I cure acne vulgaris and acne scars. Precautions for acne?

Scientific Rx: If you are male and still have acne while on benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin, your physician may try a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day. Or if this is deep / cystic / severe acne, it may be time to consider accutane. For the scars, a dermatologist can abrade, fill, operate and/or laser; your choice, but note the hollywood stars who keep their scars for character. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is acne vulgaris and how can it be treated?

What is acne vulgaris and how can it be treated?

Serious illness: It's the common pimply / blackhead rash that teens tend to get on the face and elsewhere. It's unrelated to diet, hygiene or lifestyle, and is best managed first with topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated. If this fails, a visit to your personal physician to add a second rx or a different program is in order. Visible acne nowadays is a grave professional liability to be managed until it remits. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of acne vulgaris ?

How can I get rid of acne vulgaris ?

Scientific Rx: If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated hasn't cleared you in two weeks, you're going to need prescription-strength medication from your personal physician. All acne can be managed nowadays. It's unrelated to hygiene or lifestyle, and you owe it to yourself to get 21st century treatment. ...Read more

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What is the potential for light therapies for treating acne vulgaris?

What is the potential for light therapies for treating acne vulgaris?

Unfortunately: Light based interventions aren't particularly effective for most. And in general are often felt to be an "adjunctive" treatment option may be best utilized for patients who cannot tolerate or decline medical therapies. ...Read more

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What is the difference between keloidalis nuchae (folliculitis) andl acne vulgaris?

What is the difference between keloidalis nuchae (folliculitis) andl acne vulgaris?

Keloidalis Nuchae: Keloidalis nuchae is a destructive scarring folliculitis that occurs exclusively on the occipital scalp and posterior neck and affecting mostly african american men aged 13-25 years. Acne vulgaris is a common skin disease characterized by inflammatory lesions called zits with redness, swelling, pain, and white pus. Antibiotics used in keloidalis nuchae differ from ones used in acne vulgaris. ...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