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I have an embarrassing problem of adult acne and scarring - not on my face- but on my body. How do I get rid of these body breakouts and scars?

I have an embarrassing problem of adult acne and scarring - not on my face- but on my body. How do I get rid of these body breakouts and scars?

Dermatologist: It not feasible to render an opinion without examining you. It would be prudent to consult a dermatologist. ...Read more

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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How can address adult acne?

How can address adult acne?

Find the cause: Adult acne results from a different combination of issues ranging from hormonal imbalances to problematic skin care routines. In females, it is often very helpful to evaluate the hormones and see if there is something that can be adjusted to help clear the acne. The acne routines for adults are often quite different than what is given for teenagers. ...Read more

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Adult acne what causes this?

Adult acne what causes this?

Hormones.: Adult acne is often a sign of hormonal changes within the body. Medications can do it too. In general, it is more difficult to treat than simple teenage acne, so you'd best see your dermatologist, who will prescribe a treatment regimen, and if necessary, run some tests to rule out internal hormonal problems. ...Read more

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What causes adult sudden acne?

What causes adult sudden acne?

Hormones: Hormones are a major factor but it always has to do with oil glands working abnormally. See your dermatologist. ...Read more

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What should I do for body acne?

What should I do for body acne?

Systemic Rx: Acne on the trunk usually requires systemic rx. This is your physician's domain. If you're offered, say, tetracycline 500 2x/day, plus a topical agent, it'll probably do the trick. For the tough cases, Isotretinoin usually works. ...Read more

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How can you clear up body acne?

How can you clear up body acne?

Systemic Rx: This generally requires systemic treatment. If tetracycline 500 2x/day doesn't clear you up, it's time to consider isotretinoin. Your physician may also offer topical treatment. Good luck, and remember this is a non-lifestyle-related, chronic serious disease. ...Read more

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I was wondering, can adults get acne?

I was wondering, can adults get acne?

Yes: Although many consider acne a simple ritual of passage in the teen years, it can and does affect some men and women into their thirties or later. ...Read more

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What should I do about my adult acne?

What should I do about my adult acne?

Adult Acne Treatment: Like many adults you have probably tried a host of otc products without success. For sustained clearance of acne and prevention of scarring and pigmentation, please see a dermatologist or facial plastic surgeon that specialize in acne care. Gentle daily skin care and staying with a prescribed regimen (6-8 weeks) will show good results. ...Read more

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What works against terrible body acne?

What works against terrible body acne?

Severe acne: Acne on the trunk that you describe as "terrible" is probably deep cystic acne. You have a right to treatment with isotretinoin. Nothing else will work. If you are a female, be sure to get worked up for an underlying hormonal problem. The medication is powerful and not altogether pleasant, but if the diagnosis is correct you will get a good result. ...Read more

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What is the best way to cure body acne?

What is the best way to cure body acne?

Minocycline: Is a broad-spectrum tetracycline antibiotic, a long-acting one used mainly to treat acne. Consult a dermatologist for treatment options. ...Read more

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