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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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I have bad acne on my face, back, and chest. I'm a senior in highschool and I have always had it. I really want to clear these things up. Please help?

I have bad acne on my face, back, and chest. I'm a senior in highschool and I have always had it. I really want to clear these things up. Please help?

Isotretinoin: Isotretinoin is used to treat severe recalcitrant nodular acne (a certain type of severe acne) that has not been helped by other treatments, such as antibiotics. Isotretinoin is in a class of medications called retinoids. It works by slowing the production of certain natural substances that can cause pimples to form. 80% of patients who take the medication never have acne again. ...Read more

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What do I do to get rid of acne on my face back and chest?

What do I do to get rid of acne on my face back and chest?

Systemic Rx: Usually acne on the trunk will require a systemic medication in addition to perhaps a topical agent. Tetracycline 500 2x/day may do the trick. If it's really severe, a dermatologist visit is in order. ...Read more

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23 yeals old never really had acne now breaking out on face, chest and back why is this?

23 yeals old never really had acne now breaking out on face, chest and back why is this?

Acne in 20 year olds: Acne can be triggered by stress levels, medications, change in diet, extreme exercise, hormones, including oral contraceptives or a change in a woman's hormonal status, like polycystic ovary syndrome or there may not be a good explanation at all. Look at what has changed from about 1-2 months prior to breakouts. That may offer a clue. Also see your dermatologist for a full examination. ...Read more

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Skin acne on face and back/or chest is caused by hormonal disorder? What can be done, if it is so?

Skin acne on face and back/or chest is caused by hormonal disorder? What can be done, if it is so?

Acne: Acne, in general is not a hormonal imbalace except in women who have pcos. As such you should see your gynecologist or a gynecological endocrinologist for evaluation of your hormonal levels. ...Read more

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What causes all this acne on my face chest back and bottom, how can I treat it for it to come off?

What causes all this acne on my face chest back and bottom, how can I treat it for it to come off?

Acne: Studies indicate that certain dietary factors, including dairy products and carbohydrate-rich foods — such as bread, bagels and chips, chocolate, and acidic foods which increase blood sugar — may trigger acne. Other causes include hormones, stress, and medications. Treatment is with oral antibiotics like Doryx or solodyn (minocycline) and topical prescription meds like epiduo, ziana, acanya or atralin. ...Read more

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Any ideas why is it that I have a lot of acne on my chest and back and so little on my face ?

Any ideas why is it that I have a lot of acne on my chest and back and so little on my face ?

What I can tell you: You need to do something about this. Acne on the trunk seldom responds well to anything short of systemic prescription medication. It's a serious personal and professional liability that you will need to manage with a scientific physician's help until it self-cures as you get older. Pick up the phone now and schedule an appointment, and begin or continue using topical benzoyl peroxide. ...Read more

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I have acne on my face, shoulders, back, and chest. It's starting to go away but is there a way to speed this up?

I have acne on my face, shoulders, back, and chest. It's starting to go away but is there a way to speed this up?

Serious Rx: Acne on the trunk usually requires systemic treatment. Get with your physician. One good regimen is topical benzoyl peroxide plus a systemic tetracycline. ...Read more

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I have some acne spread around my body on my back, chest and face I have it mild. I need help to get rid of it. What to do?

I have some acne spread around my body on my back, chest and face I have it mild. I need help to get rid of it. What to do?

Need to get seen: Acne on the trunk won't respond well to topical treatments alone. Your physician may try topical benzoyl peroxide plus oral tetracycline, or (if you're a she) the oral contraceptive pill may clear you, or any of a number of other regimens may work. Acne's always manageable, and eventually self-cures. ...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


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