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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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Whey protein causing acne, zits and itches. Is this a common side effect?

Whey protein causing acne, zits and itches. Is this a common side effect?

Not protein. : U consume it every day. It it is due 2 a supplement, I would suspect a steroid additive may B present. Read the label carefully & if U don't understand it, have a dietitian or MD read it 4 U. U must B careful. ...Read more

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What clearsil product do you recommend to remove acne and zits?

What clearsil product do you recommend to remove acne and zits?

None of them: Nearly every new acne patient i see has tried clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) or Proactiv (or both) without success. I understand that i'm only seeing the people who failed on these products, but there are so many, i can't imagine that they work very often. In the long run you will save a lot of money by letting a dermatologist give you prescription meds, rather than wasting your money on otc products that don't work. ...Read more

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Does chocolate and junk food cause acne and zits or this a myth? Some say it does some it does not? If so should I stop eating chocolate

Does chocolate and junk food cause acne and zits or this a myth? Some say it does some it does not? If so should I stop eating chocolate

Manage your acne: Forget about trying to connect diet and acne. Your photo suggests you're a fitness buff; eat sensibly to promote this side of your health. I see that you are on retin-A and that you have not gotten full clearing. Don't hesitate to get with your physician who can add something prescription-strength -- perhaps a month on a tetracycline, or if neede something even stronger. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I get red bumps on my back they're not acne or zits but they are under the skin and they disappear after a few days what is it?

I get red bumps on my back they're not acne or zits but they are under the skin and they disappear after a few days what is it?

Sweat pimples?: Transient red bumps coukd be swelling of deep hair follicle from swearing. These would. E red and disappear in few days as skin cools off and sweat gland opening allows sweat out. ...Read more

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Girls hate acne pimples zits etc. Any ways to get rid of them?

Acne: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day ; use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Exfoliate occasionally. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider otc products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). If > mild acne see dermatology. ...Read more

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How do I tell if the strange blemishes on my face typical zits/acne or something more serious?

How do I tell if the strange blemishes on my face typical zits/acne or something more serious?

Professional ID: If you have facial lesions which haven't been identified, evaluation by your physician or a dermatologist can help to distinguish acne vulgaris from a variety of other lesions. At your age, there could be a multitude of causes for skin problems, especially if the appearance is atypical for acne. Take care. ...Read more

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Remedies for treating acne, pimples or zits?

Remedies for treating acne, pimples or zits?

Acne treatment no Rx: Acne can be prevented or minimized by using a gentle cleanser twice daily, over the counter benzoyl peroxide, hydroxy acids or salicylic acid products followed by a noncomedogenic moisturizer such as Cetaphil, Ceravue or similar. If these regimes are not resulting in improvement after 4-8 weeks, consultation with a dermatologist may be in order. ...Read more

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Recently developed multiple pimples on my chest and face. Occurring more rapidly and in greater quantity than usual zits/acne. What could this be?

Recently developed multiple pimples on my chest and face.  Occurring more rapidly and in greater quantity than usual zits/acne.  What could this be?

New soap? fragrance?: If you have started using a new soap, detergent, fabric softener, candles, lotions, etc. that may be doing. Fragrances and aerosols are skin irritants. Otherwise, keep a food diary and see if any food in particular is associated with more pimples. Chocolate and fat causes acne to worsen in only some. Different foods affect others differently. Plenty of fruits and veggies, less fat and protein. ...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