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Over the counter creams for extreme acne?

Over the counter creams for extreme acne?

Need prescription: Over the counter products are either benzoyl peroxide such as proactive or salicylic acid found in maxclaroty. These will not be very effective in severe acne. This will require a cpmbnoation of creams such as a retinoid, and possibly oral medications. This requires vist to dermatologist. ...Read more

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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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How do I treat extreme acne combined with incredibly oily skin on my face?

How do I treat extreme acne combined with incredibly oily skin on my face?

Requires Rx: No one should have to experience this. For deep cystic acne, only a dermatologist can prescribe the retinoic acid family medicines that are required. Even in our sadly-dysfunctional health care system, you deserve access to this. For milder cases, I use topical Clindamycin and/or systemic Erythromycin or tetracycline (the last contraindicated in pregnancy.). ...Read more

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What can be done for extreme oily skin - acne for a 40 year old?

Acne: There is a # of different topical and oral medications that can help your acne. Please see dermatologist or a primary care doc to discuss your options. ...Read more

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I'm 3 days late but usually right on schedule. Swollen sore breasts, extreme fatigue, bad acne, cramps, and white discharge. No + on test. Too early?

I'm 3 days late but usually right on schedule. Swollen sore breasts, extreme fatigue, bad acne, cramps, and white discharge. No + on test. Too early?

Careful of jumping,: to conclusions. There are many possibilities & life is full of situations in which patience is fundamental to wisdom. Too early? Probably; patience best. Study: https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/6620568 & the process which have many stages, & variations, over time ...Read more

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Is my extreme sweating causing more acne bcoz I sweat a lot all the time?What can help my sweatn to stop?Only sweat from chest up, neck n face.

Is my extreme sweating causing more acne bcoz I sweat a lot all the time?What can help my sweatn to stop?Only sweat from chest up, neck n face.

It may contribute..: Excessive sweating likely results in frequent/excessive wiping which can cause thickening of skin/hair follicles and subsequent development of ance. Otherwise, sweating by itself should not. If excessive, consult doc to make sure no thyroid, hormonal causes. There are some therapies to help reduce sweating. Some meds causes excessive sweating too, so get it checked. Good luck. ...Read more

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Stubborn, mild acne not responding to antibiotics or topical creams. Accutane seems too extreme for non-cystic acne. Help?!

Stubborn, mild acne not responding to antibiotics or topical creams. Accutane seems too extreme for non-cystic acne. Help?!

Keep at it.: There are three main parts to approaching acne...1) reduce the amount of bacteria on skin.. 2) keep pores open...3) reduce oil production. Antibiotics can be topical and/or oral. Other surface treatments aim to reduce bacteria and/or keep pores open. Keep experimenting and working with your doctor until you find the right mix. It can take a few weeks to see improvement even with right mix. ...Read more

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When i was pregnant i suffered from severe acne -was extreme! (sore & itchy) i've been told its hormone related?Can someone please explain this to me

Hormonal changes: Pregnancy hormones are like fertilizer for acne often making it worse. Now that you are not pregnant you can see a dermatologist and use one of the very effective medications available for acne. ...Read more

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I have nausea in the morning, extreme fatigue, headaches, more acne than normal, and frequent urination, the p-test was neg, what else could it be?

I have nausea in the morning, extreme fatigue, headaches, more acne than normal, and frequent urination, the p-test was neg, what else could it be?

Nausea: How late are you? Sometimes a pregnancy test can be negative especially within a week of missing the period. You may not be entirely out of the woods yet as far as the pregnancy thing is concerned, especially if you have had unprotected sex. A blood test is the best test to determine if you are pregnant or not. Good luck. Hang in there. ...Read more

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Hi Hope you are well, I'm a 21 year old sexual active female. for the last few day I have been experiencing a tingling sensation in my stomach, have extreme headache, dizziness, nausea, acne outbreak, cloudy urine, sometimes pain that resembles period pa

Hi 
Hope you are well,
I'm a 21 year old sexual active female.
for the last few day I have been experiencing a tingling sensation in my stomach, have extreme headache, dizziness, nausea, acne outbreak, cloudy urine, sometimes pain that resembles period pa

Primary care: These are a wide variety of symptoms across various body systems. The best first step to narrow this down is to see a primary care physician to help organize the exam and testing to try and narrow down the cause. ...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