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I have a problem with obsessive hair pulling & skin/acne picking. How can I handle this?

I have a problem with obsessive hair pulling & skin/acne picking. How can I handle this?

A doctor can help: That is an anxiety disorder called OCD which is compulsive behavior you are not controlling. You need medication for this before you ruin your face and scalp. You also need a Phd psychologist for therapy. Take this seriously it will control your life otherwise. ...Read more

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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Can you tell me, how best to handle acne in pregnant women?

Can you tell me, how best to handle acne in pregnant women?

Topicals: Topical benzoyl peroxide, perhaps with added topical clindamycin, is safe. You can't take oral tetracycline, period. I would be reluctant to use spironolactone even topically because of its hormonal effects. You'll also want to avoid retinoic acid derivatives even topically. Let your physician know. ...Read more

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Is acne a medical condition?

Is acne a medical condition?

Yes: Acne is a chronic, serious disease unrelated to hygiene or lifestyle. Anyone telling you it is a behavioral or spiritual problem is not worth your time. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, or you have it on your trunk, you'll need prescription-strength medication. Untreated, it is a grave personal and professional liability. Before you fail a job interview, get treated. ...Read more

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What condition would make severe acne on neck and back..Not on face tho?

What condition would make severe acne on neck and back..Not on face tho?

Adult Acne long hair: Having long hair constantly touches your back and neck, as hair contain oil it can clog your pores. And using hair sprays, shampoos and other hair products can also effect the skin of neck and back. You need to stay away from gel, mousse and certain conditioners, or avoid these touching your neck and back there may be other factors too, you should consult a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Hidradenitis suppurative (acne inversa), do you know what causes flare-ups from this disease?

Hidradenitis suppurative (acne inversa), do you know what causes flare-ups from this disease?

Nobody knows: Lifestyle and situations aren't the key to managing this often very troubling illness. Focus on prescribed rx which is likely to be difficult enough. Consider dermatology and surgical consultations. There's some interesting new work -- some of the biotech products seem to help greatly. ...Read more

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My acne has spread to everywhere on my body- is this some sort of condition or disorder?

My acne has spread to everywhere on my body- is this some sort of condition or disorder?

Get seen: Acne spreading later in life should be seen by a general physician and perhaps a dermatologist. There may be an underlying cause -- or it may not in fact be common acne. Best wishes and i hope things turn out well. ...Read more

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I'm looking for advice on a serious acne condition. anything is greatly appreciated. please?

I'm looking for advice on a serious acne condition. anything is greatly appreciated. please?

Serious= Cystic?: If by serious you mean cystic, or hard nodular inflammatory component to your acne, then you will need an exfoliating acne treatment. I would probably skip otc meds and go directly to a tazorac or retin a (tretinoin) micro. These can be prescribed through a prime consult. Photos through prime will help us tailor therapy. ...Read more

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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