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How we can avoid acne?

How we can avoid acne?

Not likely: As long as we have skin pores, oil glands, bacteria and hormones we are not likely to avoid acne to some degree at some point in our lives. ...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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What is the best diet to avoid acne?

What is the best diet to avoid acne?

Avoid diet hormones: The connections between diet & acne are controversial. The strongest associations in the scientific literature are with cow's milk - thought to be from hormones. Consider choosing organic (or no hormones used) milk and meat products. (most us meat made with hormones) otherwise, no strong evidence that fatty foods or chocolate influence acne. Bon appetit! and track yourself. Each of us different. ...Read more

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What is the best away to avoid acne?

What is the best away to avoid acne?

Treat don't avoid: You're young and report you are male, and you are going to have some acne because of how your body is developing. You can start with benzoyl peroxide over the counter, and a physician can provide you with topical Clindamycin and/or a retinoic acid derivative. For long-term prevention, your physician may put you on a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline or a macrolide. Stronger rx's exist. ...Read more

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Whats the best way, to stop touching my face and avoiding acne!?

Whats the best way, to stop touching my face and avoiding acne!?

Real Rx: The idea that acne is caused by touching your face is a "pop", basically false idea. Everybody touches their face, just look around you. And the idea that you're to blame for your acne because of this is a cheap barrier to your being treated effectively. If topical benzoyl peroxide has failed after two weeks, get with your physician for a stronger topical. ...Read more

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What types of food produce acnes on face and does eating chilli too often help in the production of acnes. In short how to avoid acnes .

What types of food produce acnes on face and does eating chilli too often help  in the production of acnes. In short how to avoid acnes .

Acne diet: Acne can be prevented or minimized by using a gentle cleanser twice daily, over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid products or prescription medications including topical cream with or without oral medications. Don't pick! A dermatologist should be able to help you. Dietary modification is unlikely to be of much benefit. ...Read more

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Is it smart to avoid acne products with benzyl peroxide since I have dry skin that gets flaky?

Is it smart to avoid acne products with benzyl peroxide since I have dry skin that gets flaky?

Yes: Prescription meds for acne are cheap and safe. May i respectfully suggest a trial, first, of topical Clindamycin alone. If it doesn't work as well as you would like, move to a systemic antibiotic such as Erythromycin or tetracycline that's right for you. If control's still not good, a dermatology visit is in order. It's the 21st century and acne is fairly easy to manage. Good luck. ...Read more

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I just had a cream blizzard, it's 900 calories. What can I do to avoid acne in my acne prone skin?

I just had a cream blizzard, it's 900 calories. What can I do to avoid acne in my acne prone skin?

Mantenance: I doubt this will turn your complexion. You need to start using a benzoyl peroxide over-the-counter preparation regularly everywhere that you get acne -- whatever you eat. If this fails, your personal physician can manage it with you as a partner. Stay pro-active. ...Read more

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What activities or remedies can help keep pores unclogged to avoid acne? Are noncomedogenic makeups, lotions, or oils effective?

What activities or remedies can help keep pores unclogged to avoid acne?  Are noncomedogenic makeups, lotions, or oils effective?

Myth: The idea that acne is caused by "clogged pores" is simplistic. I trust you are otherwise healthy; if you're a woman in your 30s and are asking about acne, ask yourself about other evidence of hormonal disturbance. Forget "pop" acne remedies. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician for something that can & manage till it self-cures. Best wishes ...Read more

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Does lemon discourages the facial hair growth when applied to skin to avoid acne? I am 18 years old and hardly had some facial hair (30/100)

Does lemon discourages the facial hair growth when applied to skin to avoid acne? I am 18 years old and hardly had some facial hair (30/100)

Lemon Juice: Lemon juice is a home remedy for acne treatment and is inexpensive compared to the acne products at stores. Lemons contain a natural astringent and antibacterial agent that acts as an exfoliant to help remove dead skin cells faster and prevent clogged pores. Lemon juice is not a substitute for medical treatment. Lemon juice does not inhibit hair growth. ...Read more

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Pimples occur in hair follicles, not in pores. So why is "non-comedogenic" (doesn't clog pores) makeup better for avoiding acne?

Pimples occur in hair follicles, not in pores.  So why is "non-comedogenic" (doesn't clog pores) makeup better for avoiding acne?

Pore around follicle: There are minute hairs at the pore opening. Oil glands come to the surface at pores and are associated with small hair follicles. Comedogenic products block the opening form the oil gland causing an accumulation of debris and eventually inflammation. ...Read more

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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