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How to control mild oily skin, mile acne & redness of acne?

How to control mild oily skin, mile acne & redness of acne?

A few options: For over the counter methods try using products that have benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alcohol, and acetone. For prescription treatments you may be prescribed antibiotics, retinoids or vitamin a derivatives, azelaic acid, oral contraceptives, or spironolactone. Always ask a dermatologist about the possible affects and the risks vs benefits of each treatment. Make sure it's best for you. ...Read more

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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Have mild facial acne scars and occasional acne breakouts. Is growing beard a bad idea for my scars or acne in any way?

Have mild facial acne scars and occasional acne breakouts. Is growing beard a bad idea for my scars or acne in any way?

A beard covers acne: If you prefer a beard, it can disguise the skin problem, but it doesn't change its severity. See your doctor for effective treatment. ...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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Can rapid hairloss, adult chronic acne and stretchmarks connected?

Can rapid hairloss, adult chronic acne and stretchmarks connected?

Yes!: If stretch marks are large and purplish and sx include weight gain especially in the middle cushings disease is a concern. See an endocrinologist for testing for this. ...Read more

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I suffer from severe itchycheek acne with pimples, black heads and sometimes cystic acne. I have tried salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and retinol A.

I suffer from severe itchycheek acne with pimples, black heads and sometimes cystic acne. I have tried salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and retinol A.

See a dermatologist: Your acne is a function of hormones. Certain birth control can make it better, other birth control can make it worse. Do you have normal menstrual cycles? You will probably do well with oral spironolactone and topical tretinoin. This usually works in 3 months, then is continued. If it fails, oral isotretinoin will rescue you. ...Read more

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Having some mild acne, i.E. Blackheads and whiteheads. Help?

Having some mild acne, i.E. Blackheads and whiteheads. Help?

Mild?: Minor disease confined to the face will usually clear with topical benzoyl peroxide, or a retinoic acid derivative may be the best choice if it's primarily blackheads. ...Read more

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Does murad acne medication cause hair loss and upset stomachs ?

Does murad acne medication cause hair loss and upset stomachs ?

Murad: Unfortunately, there have been numerous posts in murad forum with murad side effects. Murad may cause common unpleasant side effects of acne products: dandruff, rash, dryness, skin irritation and itching, headaches, increased sunburn susceptibility, nail abnormalities, nausea, diarrhea, and others. ...Read more

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Is benzoyl peroxide effective for acne my skin is oily I have few pimples but much of post acne hyper pigmentation red marks..

Yes: Otc benzoyl peroxide 2% or 5% costs $5-10. Be careful: it will bleach clothing, towels, bed sheets. It is irritating & drying near lips & eyelids. If you control acne, you will slowly recover more normal color. A dermatologist can help with prescriptions. If you get branded benzoyl peroxide (proactiv) you will pay 10x more for same thing. ...Read more

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Can stress cause and acne breakout?

Not by itself: Stress is good when it pushes you to do things that are good for you and others, bad only when you're helpless or don't know how to cope. Serum cortisol, your best stress hormone, has a slight tendency to worsen acne. Instead of trying a pseudoscientific "stress-reliever" protocol, you owe it to yourself to get 21st century treatment for your acne. Being a young adult is stressful enough! ...Read more

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Mood swings, sudden brown tanning & pigmentation of facial skin with light colored spots in it since 2 years, acne & oily skin, pcos. Skin problem?

Mood swings, sudden brown tanning & pigmentation of facial skin with light colored spots in it since 2 years, acne & oily skin, pcos. Skin problem?

See a medspa doctor: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can cause all of your issues. Start medication and see a medspa doctor to get the skin problems under control. Many lasers can help with the darker spots, as well as the acne. T here are also products and prescription creams to use between laser visits. ...Read more

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Can glycerin in face/skin/makeup products cause acne. i have acne prone combination skin.

Can glycerin in face/skin/makeup products cause acne. i have acne prone combination skin.

Hypoallergenic: make up is best. Toxins in makeup goes in through the skin. One example is high lead levels in lipstick. Search for goo quality because some companies use the term "hypoallergenic" as a marketing tool. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Does Accutane help with just severe acne?

Does Accutane help with just severe acne?

Use caution: To use Accutane for mild acne would be inappropriate because there are other meds that work adequately without the cost, unpleasant side-effects, and risks. Most acne can be managed without it, which is a good thing. Severe acne requires it. ...Read more

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Can sebopsoriasis cause mild scaling n greasiness nd severe hair fall?

Can sebopsoriasis cause mild scaling n greasiness nd severe hair fall?

SeboPsoriasis: Sebopsoriasis usually shows up as dry scaly areas on the scalp and occasionally in the eyebrows or around the nose or even in the ears. It is not typically associated with hair loss. ...Read more

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When Accutane fails for severe cystic acne what's next?

Accutane: Accutane rarely fails for cystic acne. Normally 50% of people are cured taking 1mg/kg for 20 weeks. 50% of people need a second course at double the dose. A very few people need higher doses and more prolonged therapy. Weekly blood tests are need to monitor for adverse effects at these higher doses. See a dermatologist experienced in administering higher doses of accutane. ...Read more

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I have severe headaches, severe agitation and unhappy, wild mood swings.

I have severe headaches, severe agitation and unhappy, wild mood swings.

Diet, hormones: Increasing your magnesium intake, B complex vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids would help your whole nervous system work better. You are well into the post menopausal age range. Loss of estradiol and progesterone contributes greatly to all the symptoms that you list and more. Try to find a doctor that does bioidenticle hormone replacement therapy if improving your after 4-6 weeks does not help you ...Read more

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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