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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)

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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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

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2 years back i got typhoid along with acne and sudden extreme skin darkening.The darkening still remains and is worse now.What could be the cause?

2 years back i got typhoid along with acne and sudden extreme skin darkening.The darkening still remains and is worse now.What could be the cause?

Skin Darkening: Addison's disease is a skin-darkening disorders in which the adrenal glands don't produce enough of the steroid hormones. It causes brown patches of skin, making a person look suntanned, or it may appear as white patches on the skin. Other causes include: medication, sun damage, melasma, skin irritation, photosensitivity disorders, and others. See your dermatologist for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dear sir, I have discoid lupus sypmtoms in my whole body nd extreme blood comes out from acne type spots. How can I get perminant relief from it ?

Dear sir, I have discoid lupus sypmtoms in my whole body nd extreme blood comes out from acne type spots. How can I get perminant relief from it ?

Discoid lupus: See the dermatologist who diagnosed you and follow his or her directions. There is no cure, and no quick treatment. There are however plenty of ways to control it, and the quicker you do that, the less scarring you will have. ...Read more

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26 female, h'v been prescribed retin-a cream by dermtolgst 4some sort of acne on face, applied every night for 2weeks, bt now skin is extreme dry &stiff?

26 female, h'v been prescribed retin-a cream by dermtolgst 4some sort of acne on face, applied every night for 2weeks, bt now skin is extreme dry &stiff?

How to use Retin A (tretinoin): Retin a (tretinoin) can be difficult to use. You may want to start using it gradually such as every other night. In case your doctor didn't tell you here are some instructions. Wash with a gentle soapless fragrance free cleanser. Dry your face and let it continue to dry for 30 more minute. Then apply a green pea size drop to the entire face.This will make it easier to use. ...Read more

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I am experiencing extreme fatigue since I have started tetracycline antibiotics for acne 5 weeks ago. Can it cause anaemia?

I am experiencing extreme fatigue since I have started tetracycline antibiotics for acne 5 weeks ago. Can it cause anaemia?

Probably not, but...: Tetracycline and related drugs (doxycycline, minocycline) are unlikely to cause either anemia or fatigue. However, stranger things have happened. Discuss with the doctor who prescribed it. Good luck! ...Read more

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9 weeks postpartum, started ortho tricyclen + aldactone (spironolactone) (acne). Stopped both bc of vertigo/extreme dizziness. Hormone related? When will it stabilize?

9 weeks postpartum, started ortho tricyclen + aldactone (spironolactone) (acne). Stopped both bc of vertigo/extreme dizziness. Hormone related? When will it stabilize?

Aldactone (spironolactone): The spironolactone (aldactone) frequently causes dizziness, particularly if your electrolytes become imbalanced, or your blood pressure drops. Wait for a few days of no medications, then try just the oral contraceptive. There are much better treatments for acne than spironolactone. ...Read more

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A dr. Said i had polycystic ovarian syndr, but i don't have cysts, obesity or extreme body hair. Only medium acne & menstrual cramps.Is that possible?

A dr. Said i had polycystic ovarian syndr, but i don't have cysts, obesity or extreme body hair. Only medium acne & menstrual cramps.Is that possible?

Yes: The polycystic ovary syndrome has a wide variety of presentations. Anovulation and certain hormonal changes are the key factors although obesity, excessive hair growth, and a certain type of ovarian cysts are common. The menstrual cramps can be part of it if your periods are heavy. You need to be concerned about the Insulin resistance which is common and can lead to diabetes. ...Read more

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Facial Pimples (Definition)

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