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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'm hypothyroid. When on birth control alone,I noticed dat my acne &hair loss improved little. Is dis pos? Iv heard dat bcps worsen thyroid problems?

I'm hypothyroid. When on birth control alone,I noticed dat my acne &hair loss improved little. Is dis pos? Iv heard dat bcps worsen thyroid problems?

BCP and thyroid: BCP do not worsen thyroid problems. Presumably you are taking levothyroxine for your hypothyroidism. BCP increases the amount of thyroid binding protein in the blood. In some of the older blood tests, this altered some of the values, but if a TSH or FT4 is measured, there is no problem with interpretation of lab values. ...Read more

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How can I treat a high thyroid ? I'm our of my meds. And how can I treat the acne caused by hormones.

How can I treat a high thyroid ? I'm our of my meds. And how can I treat the acne caused by hormones.

Elevated TSH?: If your TSH is elevated then you have hypothyroidism. This abnormality may also make acne worse. Please discuss with your doctor as you probably need to go back on your levothyroxine. ...Read more

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I have Hyperthyroidism and I've been getting more acne then before. Does my thyroid have something to do with this problem?

I have Hyperthyroidism and I've been getting more acne then before. Does my thyroid have something to do with this problem?

Probably 2 issues: B"sd There are some reports of oily skin and acne - but nothing specific on my literature search. This is probalbly occurence of a very common with a not so uncommon condition and both have their own specific causes and remedies. As an endo would check hormone status relating to the acne and the thryoid and make recommendations as appropriate for both. Happy to discuss. ...Read more

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Given minocycline for acne. Read side effects & wondered how can it cause Thyroid cancer & Lupus. Asked Dr. & he had no idea. Rare side effects?

Given minocycline for acne. Read side effects & wondered how can it cause Thyroid cancer & Lupus. Asked Dr. & he had no idea. Rare side effects?

Rare adverse event: In few susceptible patients minocycline can trigger the immune system & cause "drug induced autoimmune disease". Minocycline remains a safe drug but you need to be ware of these very rare side effects. Best wishes ...Read more

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I have dry eyes and take restasis for that and i had a big dose of rai for thyroid cancer can I take Accutane to treat acne since it cause dry eyes to?

I have dry eyes and take restasis for that and i had a big dose of rai for thyroid cancer can I take Accutane to treat acne since it cause dry eyes to?

Small risk: Accutane can cause conjunctival irritation and secondarily eye dryness. If your eyes are dry to begin with and you add the dryness of accutane, then your dryness can increase. At your age i would have expected acne to be attenuated but you certainly can try Accutane with an understanding of the risks. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm interested in trying the herb guggel for acne and low thyroid function. has anyone had experience with this herb?

What do you advise if I'm interested in trying the herb guggel for acne and low thyroid function. has anyone had experience with this herb?

Guggul: Not aware that Guggel can be used for thyroid conditions or acne. GUGGUL (AKA Commiphora mukul, Guggulipid, Indian Bedellium, and Commiphora wightii) is a traditional Ayurvedi medicine. The meaning in Sanskrit is “one that protects against diseases”. It has traditionally been used to treat obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis & sciatica. Although it was once thought to decrease ...Read more

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Is it possible to still have a thyroid prob even when test came back negative? My hair is like straw, acne all over, and dry skin along with reflux?!

Is it possible to still have a thyroid prob even when test came back negative? My hair is like straw, acne all over, and dry skin along with reflux?!

Maybe (not) . . .: How negative is negative? Reflux & acne are not usually signs or symptoms of thyroid disorder, either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. There is a wide range of "normal"; some labs often use 0.45 to 4.5. Your body might be used to lower number like 1 so that 4 is abnormal even tho result is negative. Kinda like straight A valedictorian getting 1st D- which is still passing. ...Read more

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I believe I have cystic acne should I have my thyroids checked and what should I do its also very itchy.?

I believe I have cystic acne should I have my thyroids checked and what should I do its also very itchy.?

Get Rx that works: This is the 21st century and nobody needs to have cystic acne, or anything that looks like it. If this is cystic acne, your primary care physician will probably start you on both a topical (clindamycin with a retinoic acid derivative, perhaps) and a systemic antibiotic, or if you're a lady, discuss the oral contraceptive pill. If tough, you have a right to a dermatologist's big guns. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Terri Washington
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Thyroid Diseases (Definition)

You can have problems with they thyroid making too much or too little thyroid hormone. You can also have problems with it being too large (goiter) of having nodules or cysts in it. There are also occasional thyroid cancers. Most thyroid problems can be easily diagnosed and treated ...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