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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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Hi! I have skin prone to breakouts,which leave acne and pimple scars.. What can I possibly eat to get glowing skin? I am vegetarian & No eggs. Thanks!

Hi! I have skin prone to breakouts,which leave acne and pimple scars.. What can I possibly eat to get glowing skin? I am vegetarian & No eggs. Thanks!

A dermatologist: which is a skin doctor, is a the best person to see for this. Beyond that, consider applying Vitamin E oil directly on the skin to help w/scars and adding good oil to your diet to lubricate the skin, e.g., coconut oil, olive oil. Avoid transfats. Vegetarians can reach for junk food easily. Please don't. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Does omega 3 fatty acid supplements helps prevents acne for people taking vegetarian diet.

Does omega 3 fatty acid supplements helps prevents acne for people taking vegetarian  diet.

No: The last three real human studies of omega-threes for atherosclerosis / lipid problems showed no benefit. The vegetarian / natural foods people write about this-and-that benefiting this-and-that without needing any real basis, and there's an anecdotal peer-reviewed article, but nothing solid. Acne's treatable by 21st century medicine and if you need us mainstream physicians, we're here for you. ...Read more

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Is my vegetarianism causing my overall acne?

Is my vegetarianism causing my overall acne?

No: The definitive studies have never been done, but acne probably has little to do with diet. If you are a vegetarian, i trust you are staying clear of greasy and salty stuff for your overall health, and have a competent physician to advise on supplements. ...Read more

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Help ! do I still have to continue using proactive even if i think my acne is becoming worse?

Help ! do I still have to continue using proactive even if i think my acne is becoming worse?

Of course not: Nobody can make you do something like that if you don't want to -- if you're old enough to be using healthtap, even your parents can't. If this benzoyl-peroxide based regimen is failing, as it often does, get to your family physician for something that actually works. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How would you recommend i cure my acne that's becoming severe again?

How would you recommend i cure my acne that's becoming severe again?

Severe acne: Best treatment for severe acne is Isotretinoin taken for 6 months. It is the only medication that can put acne into remission. It is a medication that requires commitment and careful monitoring. It is also not allowed for women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon. Birth defects can be severe. No pregnancy while on Isotretinoin or for two months afterwards. Talk to your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Since my hormone disorders my skin become fill of acne and large painful acne and becoming dry and coarse texture is there a connection between them?

Since my hormone disorders my skin become fill of acne and large painful acne and becoming dry and coarse texture is there a connection between them?

Absolutely: Acne and hormones are 100% related. Acne first appear in puberty when youth go through hormonal change. They are common in pregnancy in some women, whereas others experience their regression. ...Read more

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How I can cure my acnes face?

How I can cure my acnes face?

Lots of choices: It depends on what type of acne you have. Benzoyl peroxide, which is over the counter, is used for papular and pustular acne, which is the red inflamed acne. Tretinion is used for comedonal acne. Topical antibiotics are another choice for acne. More than one treatment is often needed depending on your skin. Your doctor will need to look at your skin to help you choose the right medication. ...Read more

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How do i use goldenseal for my acnes?

How do i use goldenseal for my acnes?

Not proven: Goldenseal is a herb found from the northeast to Arkansas. It contains berberine which has been used in several medical conditions without proof. Most of the constituents in Goldenseal are poorly absorbed and amounts off berberine are variable. There are much better treatments for acne available so check with a dermatologist ...Read more

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I want to ask about the problem of acnes?

I want to ask about the problem of acnes?

Acne Vulgaris: A very common condition that affects at least 80% of the population , at some point. Treatment can be topical or oral (if more severe) by a Dermatologist. ...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