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I have a very uneven, bumpy complexion on my face. I don't get 'regular' acne. I get cysts occasionally. But what should I do to have smooth skin?

I have a very uneven, bumpy complexion on my face. I don't get 'regular' acne. I get cysts occasionally. But what should I do to have smooth skin?

Multiple Ways: There are multiple options with Accutane often considered the best. However hormonal treatment as well as antiinflammatories, antibiotics, oral contraceptives, may all be beneficial in addition to topical treatment and skin care.

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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I have a small patch of bumpy skin on my face. The bumps are not red, nor do they itch or hurt. Is this just dry skin? Or maybe acne?

I have a small patch of bumpy skin on my face. The bumps are not red, nor do they itch or hurt. Is this just dry skin? Or maybe acne?

Facial lesions: Bumps on the face could be multiple things. Acne will turn red eventually. Eczema (associated with dry skin) can result in bumps that may or may not itch. A fungal infection would gradually spread and may not itch. If the bumps have a small central pit it could be a benign infection called Molluscum that resolves over time. Using steroids like hydrocortisone will worsen a fungal infection.

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How to get rid of small acnes on fore head?

How to get rid of small acnes on fore head?

Easy Rx: There's a few home remedies such as vinegar and tea-tree oil but i'd urge you to go directly to the mainstream stuff. If over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide doesn't do the trick, a physician's office visit is in order. If it's relatively mild disease and confined to your face, adding topical Clindamycin might be your best option; your physician may suggest others.

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I suffer from acne in my head skin, what shoud I do?

I suffer from acne in my head skin, what shoud I do?

Scientific Rx: I am going to assume from what you have shared that neither topical Clindamycin with benzoyl peroxide, nor a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day has given you satisfactory results. It's time for you to consider accutane, which is unpleasant and has some risks but which should clear you. Best wishes.

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Black head & acne om full face?

Black head & acne om full face?

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 (discuss meds, comedone extractor, pore strips, etc.).

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How to treat head acne on a grown man?

How to treat head acne on a grown man?

Scalp Acne: You are probably referring to so called: scalp acne. Doxycycline has been used with some success only. It happens usualy in males and might resolve after age 40 spontaneously. It could be frustrating especially with males losing hair and acne lesions easily visible. Treatment need few months for effect.

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I have dry skin on face causing acne, any suggestions?

I have dry skin on face causing acne, any suggestions?

Dry: Non soap cleansers to wash and fragrance free moisturizers daily will help dry skin. Acne is not a result of dry skin but rather hormonally controlled increase in oil production with blocked pores and bacterial production. See a dermatologist for treatment options and diagnosis.

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How often should I steam my face? I have acne prone skin.

How often should I steam my face? I have acne prone skin.

Never: Hey, Nicole, I'm sorry you're dealing with acne and even more sorry that someone has recommended this very foolish home remedy. Some of these "acne treatments" are actually cruel pranks. Manage your acne with topical benzoyl peroxide as you can tolerate. It's not pleasant but it's your best Rx. If this isn't sufficient, your physician can add something stronger that will clear you. Best wishes.

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My son15 year old his face acne pimpels skin colur is dull?

My son15 year old his face acne pimpels skin colur is dull?

Scientific Rx: If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared junior in two weeks, he will need prescription-strength medicine. Home / folk / "pop" remedies aren't ineffective. Acne is a non-lifestyle-related, non-hygiene-related, serious health problem that is a major personal and professional liability. Please do what you must on his behalf.

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Hi, in your expert opinion, what is the best face for acne prone skin?

Hi, in your expert opinion, what is the best face for acne prone skin?

Salicylic acid: You're asking about cleansers / washes, right? If you need something stronger, don't hesitate to start using topical benzoyl peroxide, or get help from your physician.

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What's the best way to end little acne bumps (not white or back head.)?

What's the best way to end little acne bumps (not white or back head.)?

Exfoliate: The best non medical remedies would be ski care Daily use of a broad spectrum sun block daily use of a skin cleanser that is non perfumed but that has a low grade salicylic acid (5%) or glycolic acid 5% to exfoliate.

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Why do I keep getting lumps on my head? Is this acne or something else?

Why do I keep getting lumps on my head? Is this acne or something else?

Sorry, can't examine: The lumps on your head. The best way to get an accurate diagnosis is through one on one evaluation with your physician or dermatologist.

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What do you suggest if I have acne and oily skin, what face products are good?

What do you suggest if I have acne and oily skin, what face products are good?

Salicylic acid: A salicylic acid wash may be perfect for you. If you've actually got acne lesions, topical benzoyl peroxide and/or topical retinoic acid are your best friends. They're not pleasant but they'll probably work. If they don't clear you, your physician can add medication that will. Best wishes.

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I have oily and acne skin. Should I exfoliate my face in the morning or night?

I have oily and acne skin. Should I exfoliate my face in the morning or night?

OILY ACNE: ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TO USE AN ACNE WASH OR SCRUB TWICE DAILY. . . TRY IT. . . YOU WILL LIKE IT!

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How do I find a good routine for cleaning my face? I have acne but I think I have dry skin.

How do I find a good routine for cleaning my face? I have acne but I think I have dry skin.

Gentle cleanser: Acne does not resolve with washing your face a million times a day; however, you should clean it twice a day with a gentle cleanser, like cetaphil, if you have dry skin.

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I got a lot af acne on my face. What can I do to reduce then to minimum and have a clear skin?

I got a lot af acne on my face. What can I do to reduce then to minimum and have a clear skin?

Multiple steps: You need a good cleanser, acne treatment with benzoyl peroxide, exofoiliater, moisturizer, and sunscreen.

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Facial Pimples (Definition)

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