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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that 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 ...Read more


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I have acne and I went to my dermatologist for treatment. I'm using it daily, but my face is starting to burn when I apply the products. Solution?

I have acne and I went to my dermatologist for treatment. I'm using it daily, but my face is starting to burn when I apply the products. Solution?

Acne medications: If after a certain amount of time, the face burns after application of acne medications, it may be either an allergic or an irritant reaction to the medication. An allergic reaction means you can't use the medicine anymore as the reaction will only get stronger. An irritant reaction may be due to overdrying and may just require less frequent application of the med after stopping it for a week. ...Read more

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My 13 yr old daughter has acne (mild to severe) and I was wondering if there is any treatment, with a dermatologist, that can get rid of all her acne?

My 13 yr old daughter has acne (mild to severe) and I was wondering if there is any treatment, with a dermatologist, that can get rid of all her acne?

No: Treating acne is an ongoing thing. There is no magic cure but there are many treatments, starting with good washing of the area with a medicated soap. Benzoyl peroxide treatment can be applied twice - three times daily to start. Consult with your pediatrician or dermatologist, there are many more available treatments. ...Read more

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Is derma roller commonly offered as a procedure in dermatologists' offices--or is it an "at home" treatment? For scar tissues and/or acne scars

Is derma roller commonly offered as a procedure in dermatologists' offices--or is it an "at home" treatment? For scar tissues and/or acne scars

Dermal Roller: Dermal roller should be performed by a board plastic surgeon or dermatologist certified. It is not without risk of scarring and damage to skin and soft tissues. It can work well in the right hands for improving acne scarring. ...Read more

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Went 2 dermatologist. Doing treatments of blue/light 4 acne. Dr gave me cetaphil-oil-control-foam-wash 4 acne it's making face red&hot, acne wore. Why?

Went 2 dermatologist. Doing treatments of blue/light 4 acne. Dr gave me cetaphil-oil-control-foam-wash 4 acne it's making face red&hot, acne wore. Why?

That foaming wash: Contains a little acid so can be a little irritating if you have sensitive skin. I am sure you were also given prescription medications as blue light alone is not enough. Perhaps the prescriptions are causing irritation. Talk with your dermatologist ...Read more

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Hello. I am 26 and worried about my back which is covered with pimples and scars. I followed a treatment from a dermatologist as well but in vain.

Hello. I am 26 and worried about my back which is covered with pimples and scars. I followed a treatment from a dermatologist as well but in vain.

Get seen again: You are past due for treatment with isotretinoin. It will not touch the scars but will prevent new ones. Get another opinion. If you are not having regular periods, work on this with your physician. If you cannot take isotretinoin, the oral contraceptive pill and maybe sourinolactone are considerations. ...Read more

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Have lots of acne/blackhead/scars. Tried proactive and many others, not working 100% are there better options that a dermatologist can provide to cure?

Have lots of acne/blackhead/scars. Tried proactive and many others, not working 100% are there better options that a dermatologist can provide to cure?

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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Have to be on Accutane for one month maybe 2 months depending on my dermatologist, does it cure acne scars?

Sorry, no.: Accurate reduces acne outbreaks that can lead to new scars, but does not remove or reduce old scars. Scars (caused by any process or injury) are permanent and require other surgical intervention for improvement, such as dermabrasion or laser resurfacing. However, Accutane can lead to increased risks of scarring with surgeries performed within a year or longer after its use, so beware! ...Read more

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Can I use sulphur bathing soap during pregnancy to cure acne? Dermatologists answers

Can I use sulphur bathing soap during pregnancy to cure acne? Dermatologists answers

No cure just control: Can use. Benzoyl peroxides, topical erythromycins, and some retinoids (topically) are ok, but would coordinate between OB and derm for most up to date data. Light therapy, usually ipl also totally safe-again derms woul do. ...Read more

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How can I remove acne scars fast. I have only five days for job interview. Also suggest home remedy because my dermatologist failed to cure these scar?

How can I remove acne scars fast. I have only five days for job interview. Also suggest home remedy because my dermatologist failed to cure these scar?

I hope it worked: Acne is a grave personal and professional liability and I'm really sorry that yours was neglected during your teenaged years. You need to forget about a home remedy or even a quick fix from a dermatologist. Managing severe acne scars is a long process and the results are never perfect -- for example, Chris Pine (photo) has had a fairly good result but still usually hides his with a short beard. ...Read more

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I want to get laser treatment on my skin for acne. Would I go to a dermatologist for this or a plastic surgeon?

I want to get laser treatment on my skin for acne. Would I go to a dermatologist for this or a plastic surgeon?

Laser Treatment: Dear Matthew1: Either a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist would be fine. Make sure whoever you chose has experience with acne treatment and is a ASLMS member. Please check for board certification and ask to see pre and post op photo's demonstrating that doctor's results. Hope this helps and good luck. ...Read more

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I have acne blemishes on ma face and presently I can't afford to see a dermatologist. How can I lighten these blemishes at home?

I have acne blemishes on ma face and presently I can't afford to see a dermatologist. How can I lighten these blemishes at home?

Different options: For over the counter methods try using products that have benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alcohol, and acetone. For prescription treatments you may be prescribed antibiotics, retinoids or vitamin a derivatives, azelaic acid, oral contraceptives, or spironolactone. Always ask a dermatologist about the possible affects and the risks vs benefits of each treatment. Make sure it's best for you. ...Read more

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How to clear acne scaring? It's the brown level with skin scaring I don't want to go to the dermatologist

How to clear acne scaring? It's the brown level with skin scaring I don't want to go to the dermatologist

Forgive my frankness: If you're got scarring, your acne has already been neglected for too long. Acne that scars won't respond to non-prescription medications. You're now a grown woman. Your acne scars and persistent disease are a sign of poor self-care that will be noted as job interviews. Get with your personal physician and/or a skin specialist. ...Read more

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My acne problem isn't going. I've been to a dermatologist and tried his courses but no change in acne. Is there any kind of food I should and shouldn'?

My acne problem isn't going. I've been to a dermatologist and tried his courses but no change in acne. Is there any kind of food I should and shouldn'?

Not changed by foods: Acne is common during puberty and is mostly related to stress. Tests, the big dance or moving and getting a job are far more likely to stir up acne than any particular food. Best bet, is to keep skin clean as possible, avoid build up of sweat or oils. ...Read more

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Can't afford dermatologist and since my complete hysterectomy I now get acne all over before my skin was perfect what do I do?

Can't afford dermatologist and since my complete hysterectomy I now get acne all over before my skin was perfect what do I do?

If there are: No medical reasons why not you may benefit by continuing to receive female hormone therapy which could help your acne...discuss this with the GYN who did your surgery! Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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My dermatologist prescribed fluconazole for my persisting acne problem. Should it be taken before or after food? I forgot the instructions he'd given.

My dermatologist prescribed fluconazole for my persisting acne problem. Should it be taken before or after food? I forgot the instructions he'd given.

Confusing: Fluconazole is used for yeast, not acne. Usually 1 or 2 doses. Your best treatment is SPIRONOLACTONE, usually 100mg daily as anti androgen. Usually acne is gone after 3 months, continue to keep it away. Not if pregnant or in kidney failure. If severe cystic acne unresponsive to spironolactone, isotretinoin orally for 5 months will rescue you. ...Read more

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Pimples (Definition)

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Facial Pimples (Definition)

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