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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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What to do if I have really bad blackheads and acne. What can I do to get rid of them?

What to do if I have really bad blackheads and acne. What can I do to get rid of them?

Derm Eval.: 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.). ...Read more

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What to do if I have really bad acne and blackheads, what's the best way to get rid of them?

What to do if I have really bad acne and blackheads, what's the best way to get rid of them?

Scientific rx: This is too severe to use just benzoyl peroxide though it is likely to help. Physician's office visit. Options may include topical retinoic acid derivative (choice 4 blackheads), topical clindamycin, the oral contraceptive pill for a woman who can take it, and/or an appropriate systemic antibiotic right for the patient. Tough cases referred for isotretinoin. Manage as a chronic disease. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of acne and blackheads fast?

How can I get rid of acne and blackheads fast?

Not curable: With a lot of blackheads, a good start is a topical retinoic acid derivative. If you are not clear in two weeks, your personal physician can help. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could I get rid of all of my acne, blackheads, etc.?

Can you tell me how could I get rid of all of my acne, blackheads, etc.?

Serious Rx: If there are a lot of blackheads, you'll do best to start with a topical retinoic acid preparation plus whatever prescription strength rx your physician thinks is appropriate. Forget 'pop' / 'home' remedies and be ready to manage this chronic illness long-term with medication until it self-cures as you age. ...Read more

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How will I get rid of this acne (mainly blackheads) from my face?

How will I get rid of this acne (mainly blackheads) from my face?

Scientific Rx: If it is primarily blackheads, consider a trial of a topical retinoic acid derivative as your mainstay of treatment. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of acne like pustules and blackheads on my face?

How do I get rid of acne like pustules and blackheads on my face?

Tough question..: Simple question, but not easy to answer. It is easier to prevent acne than treating severe acne because severe/cystic acnes will cause scars which are permanent. Inflammatory acne are often treated with topical benzoy/antibiotic combo or oral antibiotics. Black-heads acne probably better treated with some retinoid derivatives. It is best to consult doc for individualized treatment...
Good luck. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of all my acne and blackheads?

How do I get rid of all my acne and blackheads?

See Dermatologist: Best to be seen by a well experienced board-certified dermatologist; nothing replaces in person history and physical when it comes to good medical care/recommendations. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My face get very oily usually within 3hours after a face wash. I face blackhead and acne regularly. What should takecare of to improve it? Thanks.

My face get very oily usually within 3hours after a face wash. I face blackhead and acne regularly. What should takecare of to improve it? Thanks.

Stop using the face: Stop using the face wash as it is making your ondition worse
use benzul peroxide washes and if does not get better see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What would be a good way for me to get rid of blackheads and acne on forehead and chin?

What would be a good way for me to get rid of blackheads and acne on forehead and chin?

Limited disease: When confined to the face and with many blackheads, a rx for a topical retinoic acid derivative from your physician will usually do the trick. If not, there's stronger stuff. Good luck. ...Read more

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How to get rid of blackheads and acne scars quickly?

Takes time: Use an otc salyclic acid topical product, either as a cleanser or as a topical gel. ...Read more

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Please give advice on how to get rid of acne blackheads?

Please give advice on how to get rid of acne blackheads?

Get comedone extract: Blackheads are clogged pores. You could buy a comodone extractor at the pharmacy and gently use the small side to express the blackheads. Squeezing with your nails can cause scarring. You must be gentle with the commedone extractor. In order to stop getting blackheads try using products that are oil-free, non comudogenic (don't cause acne). ...Read more

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What's a good product for blackheads and acne? Something I can get at a target or walgreen's. My forehead and chin are the problem areas. Help!

What's a good product for blackheads and acne? Something I can get at a target or walgreen's. My forehead and chin are the problem areas. Help!

Many options: Washes and topicals containing salicylic acid, glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, Azelaic Acid can help. Some brands are neutrogena, clean & clear, biore, aveeno, (oatmeal) panoxyl, aquaglycolic. ...Read more

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How to get rid of acne and blackheads!?

How to get rid of acne and blackheads!?

Retinoic acid: If you have a lot of comedones, start off with a topical retinoic acid derivative. If this doesn't have you clear in two weeks, get with your personal physicain who can add something. ...Read more

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Best ways to get rid of blackhead marks and acne?

Best ways to get rid of blackhead marks and acne?

Topical agents: Try using some topical retinoids or azelaic acids to reduce the discoloration that can result from having acne. Hydroquinone may also be effective and is available in a lower strength other the counter. ...Read more

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How to get rid of all of my acne, blackheads, etc.?

How to get rid of all of my acne, blackheads, etc.?

Not curable: You need to manage your acne like an adult. If you have disease on your trunk, or a topical retinoic acid derivative (good if you have blackheads) or topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician who will add prescription-strength Rx. No lifestyle, diet, or hygiene change will clear you, nor will any "pop" Rx online. ...Read more

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What is the quickest way to get rid of acne and blackheads?

Medspa: Your medspa doctor can help you with a laser skin care series that will help clear up your acne and she will recommend products appropriate for your skin. ...Read more

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Help me to get rid of acne and blackheads? Do you have any easy and effective remedies?

Help me to get rid of acne and blackheads? Do you have any easy and effective remedies?

Forget "easy": Acne is a serious chronic disease that's a major personal and professional liability. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, you owe it to yourself to get with your physician for prescription-strength added treatment. A dermatology consult may be in order. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What's a good cosmetic surgery to get rid of acne scars and blackheads?

What's a good cosmetic surgery to get rid of acne scars and blackheads?

Various treatments: Can be useful to treat acne scars. Selection of treatment depends on various factors, including the type of scar, location, skin type & other factors. Treatments include microdermabrasion, dermabrasion, fillers, surgical subcision, and lasers such as fraxel & fractionated co2 resurfacing.

Tx for blackheads include topical creams (retin a/others), peels, microdermabrasions, and comedone extraction. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment to use to get rid of acne, and blackheads? I was thinking about getting proactive. Would you recommend that?

Worth a try: If you have a more severe form of acne like cystic or nodular it probably won't work for you, if not, Pro-Active is worth a try. It is reasonably priced and if you shop around on line you can find some of their sets for a deal. Give it some time, about a month or so to work. If you don't see any improvement you may need to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Really bad acne and blackheads all over chest, back and face. I have big pores how do I get rid of them?

Really bad acne and blackheads all over chest, back and face. I have big pores how do I get rid of them?

Serious Rx needed: Acne on the trunk won't respond well to anything you can do on your own. Start using topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated and get with your personal physician now. If a course of a systemic antibiotic does not clear you, the next offer may be Isotretinoin from a dermatologist; it's not for the faint-hearted but i'd urge you to try it if it's suitable. ...Read more

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I have really bad acne and blackheads all over chest, back and face. I also have big pores how do I get rid of them?

I have really bad acne and blackheads all over chest, back and face. I also have big pores how do I get rid of them?

See a dermatologist: There are now in many different creams and pills available to treat acne that is either mild or severe. They suggest you see a dermatologist to see which is best for you. Remember that any treatment takes several weeks to take effect. ...Read more

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Only 17 my skin looks really old I have dark eyes and acne an blackheads I used to have really clear skin: (and be called good looking now I get ugly?

Only 17 my skin looks really old I have dark eyes and acne an blackheads I used to have really clear skin: (and be called good looking now I get ugly?

Your: Are still your self. Acne is a common skin condition in the young. Topical medications like benzoyl perioxide or retinol or oral doxycycline and avoiding comedonic lotions may be helpful. See a dermatologist if no response ...Read more

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How do I treat the acne on my back and prevent more scaring? I have some lumpy acne scaring on my back as well as new blackheads popping up. I know that I won’t be able to treat my acne scars until I get the current acne under control. I’m 18 and want thi

How do I treat the acne on my back and prevent more scaring? I have some lumpy acne scaring on my back as well as new blackheads popping up. I know that I won’t be able to treat my acne scars until I get the current acne under control. I’m 18 and want thi

Treating Acne differ: The cause of acne is poorly understood. However the consequences are well understood and may be devastating. While Accutane is one of the most effective treatments, therapy requires a full understanding of the risks. Once active cystic acne has occurred, practitioners differ in their treatment regimens. In the usa, medications & skin care are commonly recommended; in europe, surgery is more common. ...Read more

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How to get rid blackheads and some acnes? I've redish acne scar, can't make it fade, help? And anyone who know about nigella sativa (habbatus sauda)?

How to get rid blackheads and some acnes? I've redish acne scar, can't make it fade, help? And anyone who know about nigella sativa (habbatus sauda)?

Facial first: Get a facial first but medications such as retinoids or salicylic acid may be beneficial to diminish recurrences. For this, seek the advice of a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of acne on my penis I have had blackheads and only a few zits all over the underside of my penis and quite a bit on top for a few years new and its ruining my life

How do I get rid of acne on my penis I have had blackheads and only a few zits all over the underside of my penis and quite a bit on top for a few years new and its ruining my life

My: My concern is that these lesions you are describing may not be acne at all.
Have you seen a dermatologist for this problem? Was a diagnosis of acne made? What you are describing could be in fact condyloma aka genital warts. These often look like acne, black heads in particular. If that is the case, then be assurred there are very good treatments that can eliminate these lesions.
On the other hand you may be dealing withsomething else, possibly a dermatitis due to some type of allergic reaction or allergen you are exposed to. Very difficult to say without seeing the lesions myself.
I hope you will visit a dermatologist for this problem asap. You should not have to deal with something that is ruing your life.

I encourage input from the other experts on this question.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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How to get rid of acne (on chin, lower parts of my cheeks and jaw), and blackheads (on my nose and cheeks. I would appreciate some natural treatment?

How to get rid of acne (on chin, lower parts of my cheeks and jaw), and blackheads (on my nose and cheeks. I would appreciate some natural treatment?

See below: Please consult the site given below for suggestion on home treatment. You may need to try more than one method to see which works better for you.

http://www. Webmd. Com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-vulgaris-home-treatment ...Read more

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How can I treat acne? I am a 19 years old boy. I have problem with acne, mainly in may back and around my nose. I have a lot of blackheads on my nose and I would like to get rid of it. I have a lot of scars as well on my back due to acne. I would like to

How can I treat acne? I am a 19 years old boy. I have problem with acne, mainly in may back and around my nose. I have a lot of blackheads on my nose and I would like to get rid of it. I have a lot of scars as well on my back due to acne. I would like to

The: The right treatment depends on the type of acne but there are many effective options. Take a look at my website which breaks down the treatment options for various types of acne in detail. There is also information on Accutane which is used for severe, cystic acne. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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Why is getting rid of acne so hard? I cleanse, tone, moisturizer twice a day and I still get blackheads and whiteheads. Its affecting my self esteem.

Acne: This may be all about your hormones and genes and the skin type you have. If you are doing everything right and still having trouble you may need some prescription medication to supplement what you are doing naturally. It is not impossible to get improvement. You just may need help. ...Read more

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I get a lot of blackheads on both of my cheeks. I also get Cyst pimples next to my eyes on the side of my faces. I have oily skin so even my forehead isn't acne-free. What can I do?

I get a lot of blackheads on both of my cheeks. I also get Cyst pimples next to my eyes on the side of my faces. I have oily skin so even my forehead isn't acne-free. What can I do?

Blackheads and cysts: There are many skin care regimens to treat acne. You may have your skin evaluated by a rmatologist who can prescribe a medication to treat the cystic acne. ...Read more

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I have oily dehydrated sensitive skin prone to breakouts. Troubled with whiteheads blackheads pimples. How can I avoid acne and get rid of pimples?

Oily skin: Oily skin accumulate s sebum in skin pores causing blackheads and whiteheads. Keep skin dry Use glycol acid wash or salicylate acid. Apply Retin A (tretinoin) cream at night. Avoid oily solutions on skin. Diet of less fatty acids and carbohydrates Pkentty of water to drink. Consult your Dermatologist. See other responses on HealthTap by other doctors. ...Read more

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What can I do to get rid of acne on my face, like blackheads, whiteheads, mild scars and a milia under my eye?

What can I do to get rid of acne on my face, like blackheads, whiteheads, mild scars and a milia under my eye?

Meds: Eyelid acne is tough to treat to the the proximity to the eyeball. Nevertheless it should be treated via meds that are gentle to the eyelid skin. Consulting a dermatologist helps. ...Read more

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I have acne on the underside of my right breast. My doc. Said they are cysts. Not! They are blackheads & whiteheads in the hair pores. If I squeese them, they empty just like on a face, some of them get large & purple. What causes this?

I have acne on the underside of my right breast. My doc. Said they are cysts. Not! They are blackheads & whiteheads in the hair pores. If I squeese them, they empty just like on a face, some of them get large & purple. What causes this?

There: There are several possibilities. I wonder if you might have hidradenitis suppurativa:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/hidradenitis-suppurativa/ds00818

the main things I would think about would be acne, folliculitis, cysts, or hidradenitis. If it has been present since childhood nevus comedonicus would be possible. ...Read more

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Hi. I'm a 14 year old female. I have combination skin. I breakout monthly. I have super sensitive and acne prone skin. I have dark spots from pimples on my chin and forehead (from squeezing them! Woops) and a lot of blackheads on my nose. How can I get rid

Hi. I'm a 14 year old female. I have combination skin. I breakout monthly. I have super sensitive and acne prone skin. I have dark spots from pimples on my chin and forehead (from squeezing them! Woops) and a lot of blackheads on my nose. How can I get rid

Dermatologist: Please see an experienced dermatologist for your skin problems, and stay away from black heads, to avoid scarring, acne is a problem but can be treated, needs continuous care, follow up with your dermatologist and patience, good luck ...Read more

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Can germX/hand sanitizer cure acne? Or in other words, get rid of acne? Such as blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, etc.?

Can germX/hand sanitizer cure acne? Or in other words, get rid of acne? Such as blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, etc.?

No: A good regimen of daily skin care under the supervision of your doc or dermatologist may. However, there are no simple fixes such as this. They are myths. ...Read more

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