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Cystic acne... How to prevent?

Cystic acne... How to prevent?

Wish it were easy...: Even in dermatology, we struggle with cystic acne. Genetics, hormones and bacteria all seem to play a role. Eating a healthy diet, low in sugary, processed foods and eliminating dairy can help some, but may not cure it. Topical and oral antibiotics are often necessary, and Isotretinoin may be needed as well. Sometimes hormonal therapies like spironolactone work wonders. ...Read more

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Acne (Definition)

A common skin condition that causes red or white raised pimples, especially on the face, chest and back. Caused when the sebaceous glands in the skin ...Read more


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How can I effectively treat acne and acne scars fast?

How can I effectively treat acne and acne scars fast?

Control acne: Good medical therapy is the main stay of acne, scarring is more complex...Options include peels, derm abrasion ( painful).. Laser skin resurfacing. ...Read more

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How can I cure acne vulgaris and acne scars. Precautions for acne?

How can I cure acne vulgaris and acne scars. Precautions for acne?

Scientific Rx: If you are male and still have acne while on benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin, your physician may try a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day. Or if this is deep / cystic / severe acne, it may be time to consider accutane. For the scars, a dermatologist can abrade, fill, operate and/or laser; your choice, but note the hollywood stars who keep their scars for character. Good luck. ...Read more

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How to cure acne holes on skin?

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How to cure acne holes on skin?

Dermabrasion: Both chemical & physical dermabrasion by expert physicians can minimize acne scars. Ask your family doc who has best reputation in your area, whether dermatologist or plastic surgeon, etc. ...Read more

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How can I effectively treat acne scars and general acne?

How can I effectively treat acne scars and general acne?

Improve not remove: Many options exist for cosmetic improvement and include anti-inflammatories, peels, exfoliation, lasers, resurfacing, bleaching, excision, grafting, fillers, and much more, scars vary in their severity and so do the treatments. See a plastic surgeon, dermatologist or ENT for options. ...Read more

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How do acne and pimples differ?

How do acne and pimples differ?

Pimples are Acne: Pimples constitute acne. Pimples are the mainstay lesions seen in acne but acne also is comprised of cysts (a deeper and more serious lesion of acne). ...Read more

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How to get rid of acne scars with natural treatment?

How to get rid of acne scars with natural treatment?

Scars: There is unfortunately no great treatment for getting rid of scars naturally, however you can try staying out of sun, and using vitamin e oil or mederma. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of mild acne and acne scars quickly?

How can I get rid of mild acne and acne scars quickly?

Tretinoin cream: Visit your dermatologist for a prescription night-cream tretinoin. This is a very effective cream for mild acne (blackheads, whiteheads) and will help with scars as well. ...Read more

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How to cure acne scars?

How to cure acne scars?

Treat acne first: Active acne must be taken care of first. Once that is done, then scarring can be addressed with a variety of treatment options depending on your skin type, the depth of scar, presence of other skin problems etc. Your facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist may recommend peels, lasers, scar revisions, dermabrasion or other techniques. Good luck! ...Read more

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How to cure acne scars?

How to cure acne scars?

First control acne: Acne is a complex disease treated with a variety of approaches ranging from topical anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, as well as hormonal, medical regimens and surgery. Each case is individually treated and it is difficult to recommend a single cure. See a dermatologist first. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of acne and acne scars?

How can I get rid of acne and acne scars?

Rx: I start with topical clindamycin, with a retinoic acid derivative if there are many blackheads and benzoyl peroxide if not and the person can stand it. I add a systemic antibiotic if needed; dermatologists have bigger guns that are a bit dangerous but worth it. Nothing will remove scars, but dermatologists have lasers and surgery to make them fade if that is what you wish; some actors like theirs. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of acne and acne scars?

How can I  get rid of acne and acne scars?

Improve not remove: Manynoptions exist for cosmetic improvement and include anti-inflammatories, peels, exfoliation, lasers, resurfacing, bleaching, excision, grafting, fillers, and much more, scars vary in their severity and so dote treatments. See a plastic surgeon, dermatologist or ENT for options. ...Read more

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How to get rid of blackheads and acne scars quickly?

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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How effective is proactive on healing acne scars and skin conditions?

How effective is proactive on healing acne scars and skin conditions?

Derm evaluation: Proactiv is topical dermatologic treatments based around salicylic acid, which is a known treatment for acne. Proactiv really has an effective marketing scheme, but it may not be the best treat for all skin conditions. I would seriously suggest a consultation with a dermatologist before starting any skin therapy and learn about all the options. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of acne/ acne scars?

Can't: Scarring is permanent. Usually with time, the scars will become minimal. Do you still have active acne? A dermabrasion (not microdermabrasion) or deep chemical peel, or local excision can frequently minimize the scarring. ...Read more

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What can get rid of acne and acne scars?

What can get rid of acne and acne scars?

Acne Scars: Typically your dermatologist will prescribe different topical medications and possibly oral medications depending on the severity of your acne. In order to reduce the appearance of scars, a topical retinoid may be prescribed to help increase the rate of cell turn over. It is extremely important to protect your skin from the sun as this can make acne scars look worse. ...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


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Facial Pimples (Definition)

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