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Doctor insights on: Chest Acne While Breastfeeding

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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Can I take acne medication while breastfeeding?

Can I take acne medication while breastfeeding?

Yes: Common topical acne medicines are usually fine, but check with the prescribing physician for more-specific information about the specific medication you're taking. Read more

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Is it safe to take azemix 250 for acne treatment while breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take azemix 250 for acne treatment while breastfeeding?

Safety Data Unknown: If you are referring to azithromycin (Zmax, Zithromax) 250mg for the treatment of acne then lactation safety data is unknown: there is inadequate literature available to assess risk; caution advised. Read more

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There is a rash around my nipples that look kinda like acne... I'm breastfeeding... Should I be worried?

There is a rash around my nipples that look kinda like acne... I'm breastfeeding... Should I be worried?

Not really...: Most of the time it could result from problems with feeding technique resulting in plugging of the milk ducts. It might also be infection of the skin especially if it is red and painful. A visit with your doctor or a lactation consultant, usually at a Baby Cafe, if you have those in your area will clarify the noted lesion. La Leche League is also a tremendous resource. Thanks for breast feeding! Read more

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I want to take Spironolactone for my hormonal acne, but am still breastfeeding (comfort nursing) my 10 month old daughter. Safe to take the Spiro?

I want to take Spironolactone for my hormonal acne, but am still breastfeeding (comfort nursing) my 10 month old daughter. Safe to take the Spiro?

Caution advised: Although no documented risk in humans, but metabolite of the drug is excreted in breast milk, and it is rather contraindicated during pregnancy, better wait till you fully wean your baby Read more

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Bad acne of cheeks and chest?

Treatable: Acne on the trunk will usually require at least one systemic treatment. Topical benzyl peroxide is still your best friend; retinoic acid, Clindamycin and spironolactone are also helpful topicals. The oral contraceptive pill may clear a woman's acne. A systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline may clear you in conjunction with benzoyl peroxide. If offered isotretinoin, consider it. Read more

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Acne dents on my chest. Is this normal?

Acne dents on my chest. Is this normal?

Treatable: I'm sorry you ended up with acne on your chest that produced scarring. Your disease could have been managed. It's your decision what to do now. A dermatologist can treat you with fillers, dermabrasion, microsurgery or a laser. Especially if the scars are relatively mild, most women will not care or they may think the scars give your chest character. If you still have acne, your doctor can clear it. Read more

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What causes rid if acne on your chest?

What causes rid if acne on your chest?

Systemic Rx: I trust this is real acne; especially in an older person, a drug eruption & other skin problems must be considered. Real acne on the trunk usually requires a systemic antibiotic. Your physician can confirm the diagnosis & help. Read more

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Doctor, how I remove my chest acne?

Doctor, how I remove my chest acne?

Chest acne: Treatments include regular washing using sensitive body soap (such as cetaphil) and over-the-counter acne products. If no improvement, you made need to see a dermatologist for prescription topical meds or oral tetracycline therapy. Read more

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I have little red acne marks on my chest, how can I get rid off?

I have little red acne marks on my chest, how can I get rid off?

Improve not remove: Many options exist for cosmetic improvement and include anti-inflammatories, peels, exfoliation, lasers, resurfacing, bleaching, excision, grafting, fillers, and much more, scars vary in their severity and so do the treatments. See a plastic surgeon, dermatologist or ENT for options. Read more

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I am constantly developing irritating acne on my face, back/neck and chest?

I am constantly developing irritating acne on my face, back/neck and chest?

Acne: I think you should see a physician he would be able to prescribe something to stop this occurring Read more

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I lm 17, have acne and when I rub my chest I get spots easily and skin becomes red?

I lm 17, have acne and when I rub my chest I get spots easily and skin becomes red?

Two issues: You need to address your acne. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated hasn't cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. The red spots on your chest are probably unrelated, a pressure urticaria / dermatographism variant that is probably just you. Read more

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I have acne all over my face and some on chest as well. How do I get rid of it fast?

With help: It usually takes two to three monts to control acne even with an aggressive program. See your dermatologist and they will help as quickly as possible. Read more

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Chest and back red and burning from acne medication. Am I putting too much on at one time?

Chest and back red and burning from acne medication. Am I putting too much on at one time?

Yes: Decrease mount and decrease frequency of application to every other dy. If it resists stop and contact dermatologist re other cream. 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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Are dark brown spots on back and chest caused by acne for 6 years permanent or can they be removed?

Are dark brown spots on back and chest caused by acne for 6 years permanent or can they be removed?

Will face eventually: These often take several years to fade. I hope your acne is being managed; especially when it is on the trunk, it usually requires systemic treatment. Read more

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I have acne on my back, shoulders and chest. My dermatologist prescribed me ketonazole. Is it the right diagnosis?

I have acne on my back, shoulders and chest. My dermatologist prescribed me ketonazole. Is it the right diagnosis?

Talk to your doctor: Ketonazole is not an acne treatment. But your doctor may have given it to you for another reason. I suggest going back to your doctor to discuss it. In general, acne on the body requires oral medications as it is difficult to treat such a large area with creams. Read more

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