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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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When do we stop getting zits? Like how come some people stop breaking out earlier than others?

When do we stop getting zits? Like how come some people stop breaking out earlier than others?

Hormones: Acne affects over 80% of the population and its causes are multifactorial. Some only have acne duing puberty while others only get it during adulthood or during pregnancy or after menopause. Some may even have it thru out most of their life. Hormones are a major factor. Those who get it during hormonal surges of puberty can stop getting acne once their hormones normalize in adulthood. ...Read more

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19 years old popped a zit but wont stop bleeding help will i die?

19 years old popped a zit but wont stop bleeding help will i die?

Unlikely: It is not likely that one would bleed to death from such a small wound, but excessive bleeding or bruising overall should prompt an evaluation by your primary care doctor to look for bleeding disorders or problems with the bone marrow. ...Read more

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Does chocolate and junk food cause acne and zits or this a myth? Some say it does some it does not? If so should I stop eating chocolate

Does chocolate and junk food cause acne and zits or this a myth? Some say it does some it does not? If so should I stop eating chocolate

Manage your acne: Forget about trying to connect diet and acne. Your photo suggests you're a fitness buff; eat sensibly to promote this side of your health. I see that you are on retin-A and that you have not gotten full clearing. Don't hesitate to get with your physician who can add something prescription-strength -- perhaps a month on a tetracycline, or if neede something even stronger. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What kind of food I should eat daily that can stop zits, blackheads nd whiteheads?

What kind of food I should eat daily that can stop zits, blackheads nd whiteheads?

Fruits & veggies: There is probably not one specific food that you can eat daily that can stop zits, blackheads, and whiteheads. If there were such a food, there would be lots more people with blemish free skin. In general, your skin will be healthier if you eat a well balanced diet including lots of fruits and vegetables and drink lots of pure water. There are a number of medical treatments available for acne. ...Read more

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Should I pop my zits?

Should I pop my zits?

No: No, definitely not. Though popping a pimple may make it less noticeable temporarily, you can cause it to stay around longer. By squeezing pimples, you can actually push bacteria further into the skin, increasing the swelling and redness. In fact, more damage can be done to the skin by picking and squeezing than by the acne process itself. Picking and squeezing almost always leads to scarring. ...Read more

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Which foods cause zits?

Which foods cause zits?

Foods causing acne: The conventional answer is that diet does not contribute to acne. I was taught this but in real life practice I have way too many patients who say that certain foods cause them to breakout. I think there are certain foods that set certain people off, but it is very individual. You have to study yourself and see if you have any patterns, and avoid the foods that set you off. ...Read more

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How to make huge zit go away?

How to make huge zit go away?

No magic.: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day & use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Exfoliate occasionally. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider otc products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). If > mild acne see dermatology. ...Read more

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How to cure a zit in a few days?

How to cure a zit in a few days?

Pimples: Topical nicotinamide (b3) & good hygiene. Also, consult a dermatologist. ...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