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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

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more


Dr. Marsha Davis
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Facial Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more