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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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Every time I masturbate I am getting acne like something a bit bigger than pimples. All the time yellow flum like thing comes out of it. Reasons?

Every time I masturbate I am getting acne like something a bit bigger than pimples. All the time yellow flum like thing comes out of it. Reasons?

Where?: Not knowing where the sores are occurring, there could be different reasons. If the sores are occurring on the genitals, then it may be a factor of making sure the area and hands or tools used are clean and that you are using a proper lubricant to reduce irritation. It may be a reaction to the lubricant being used. If they continue, you should get it evaluated for possible medical treatment. ...Read more

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There is a very little round stoney thing on the fore skin of my penis, it is not a pimple or acne and it has been there for years now. What is it?

There is a very little round stoney thing on the fore skin of my penis, it is not a pimple or acne and it has been there for years now. What is it?

Scar: Especially if it feels solid, this is probably scarring from a previous infection in one of the little sebaceous glands. If it is stable, i'd ignore it. In the eye, these are known has chalazions, or "hailstones". Thanks for your question. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as std related acne? I woke up with these weird red bumps on my chest and they resemble a pimple but don't pop like a pimple?

Is there such a thing as std related acne? I woke up with these weird red bumps on my chest and they resemble a pimple but don't pop like a pimple?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. If you did not have chicken pox and did not take vaccination for chicken pox, a rash appearing on the chest can be an early sign of chicken pox. ...Read more

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Is sunlight good for acne/pimples?

Is sunlight good for acne/pimples?

Maybe a little: You are asking the wrong question. You're using antifungal for some reason, you've designated chapped lips by a medical term, and you're evidently not being treated scientifically for common acne. If topical benzoyl peroxide hasn't cleared you in two weeks, get with your physician and demand a trial of prescription-strength Rx or take yourself to someone who'll provide it. ...Read more

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Best way to deal with acne & pimples?

Best way to deal with acne & pimples?

Most effective acne: The treatment depends on the severiyi of acne.
Most of the acne can be treated with various combinations containing benzyl peroxide, topical antibiotics, topical retinoids and in some cases oral tetracyclines
resistance cases and nodular, cystic acne use accutane, but it has too many side effects
birth defects and others
roche pulled Accutane of the market in 2009 after jury awarded millions of $$. ...Read more

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How to reduce acne problems and pimple problems?

How to reduce acne problems and pimple problems?

Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'. ...Read more

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How can I effectively treat acne or pimple overnight?

You can't: A cortisone injection can reduce the size of an acne but it may not quite clear over night. You should see your dermatologist for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Is it a normal if your acne pimple bleeds when popped?

Yes: Truth be told, though, if you have to ask, it's time to get that acne under control. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician who can add a second prescription-strength rx. ...Read more

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What happens if you pop an acne pimple? Will it spread even more?

What happens if you pop an acne pimple? Will it spread even more?

Yes: You actually spread the infection around the pimple. Try spoon bathing. You tie some soft material around a spoon and dip it in boiiing water. Then hold the spoon near the pimple and allow the steam to percolate past the pimple. Do not touch the skin or the pimple with the hot spoon. This often draws the pus out witrhout any other treatment. ...Read more

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How to cure acne and pimple marks on back within less no. Of days?

How to cure acne and pimple marks on back within less no. Of days?

Acne Scars: There are multiple lasers available that are effective in the improvement of acne scarring. The fraxel laser and the affirm laser are examples of the fractional laser technology which has been shown to be very effective in the treatment and removal of scarring that results from acne or other causes. ...Read more

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I am having severe problems of acne and pimples, what should I do?

I am having severe problems of acne and pimples, what should I do?

Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'. ...Read more

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I never had acne or pimple outbreaks until now, what do I have it now?

I never had acne or pimple outbreaks until now, what do I have it now?

I don't know: I see that you are 35 years old and you have given no other information. Often there's no telling why. I'm going to assume that this actually is acne and not one of its mimics such as folliculitis of the beard or a superficial fungus infection. A variety of medications and cosmetics can precipitate acne, and if you have other symptoms, it may warn of a hormonal disturbance your doctor could spot. ...Read more

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If I am now 30.But iam still having acne/pimple problems. Why I am having these problem at this age?

If I am now 30.But iam still having acne/pimple problems. Why I am having these problem at this age?

Genetics: The majority have it in their teens with resolution by their early 20's.However, a subset can have it off and on well into their 30's and beyond. Eventually it will disappear, but is one of the hardest skin problems to predict. ...Read more

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I have never had a problem with acne. I have always gotten 1 pimple at a time maybe 3 times a year. Lately, I have been getting 5-6 at a time. Why?

I have never had a problem with acne. I have always gotten 1 pimple at a time maybe 3 times a year. Lately, I have been getting 5-6 at a time. Why?

Don't ask why: You probably will never figure out why. Acne comes and goes unpredictably and if your periods are still regular and there's no big change in your diet / lifestyle, a search is futile. The key is to start managing your illness more aggressively. A salicylic acid wash or topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated may be enough to keep things under control. ...Read more

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How to remove acne or pimples?

Skin care: 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 remove my acne / pimples?

How to remove my acne / pimples?

Quite a few options: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel/cream is quite helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel/cream such as Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) gel. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or Differin gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral antibiotics such as tetracycline can be used also. If acne is quite severe, a dermatologist might use oral Accutane. ...Read more

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How do I effectivelycontrol acne and pimples?

How do I effectivelycontrol acne and pimples?

Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'. ...Read more

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How to avoid having pimples or acne?

How to avoid having pimples or acne?

Manage it, Jay: Acne is a chronic, serious disease of teens and young adults that eventually remits on its own. In spite of what anyone else may tell you, it is basically unrelated to diet, hygiene, sexual behavior or anything else you can control. If topical benzoyl peroxide or retinoic acid has not cleared you in two weeks, your physician needs to add prescription-strength Rx. ...Read more

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What should I do for the pimples and acnes on my face?

What should I do for the pimples and acnes on my face?

Scientific Rx: If you are a 19 year old female as this says, the oral contraceptive pill may clear you if you can take it & want it. Otherwise start with benzoyl peroxide, ask your physician about adding topical clindamycin. This is a good start; all acne can be managed today and there's stronger stuff. ...Read more

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Acne and pimple treatment?

Acne and pimple treatment?

Acne therapy: If your acne doesn't respond to otc treatments, consider seeing a doctor or dermatologist to get a stronger prescription lotion. Tretinoin (avita, retin-a, others), Adapalene (differin) and tazarotene (tazorac, avage) are examples of topical prescription products derived from vitamin a. They work by promoting cell turnover and preventing plugging. You may also need oral antibiotics like doryx (doxycycline). ...Read more

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Is it really the case that toothpastes gets rid of acnes/pimples?

Is it really the case that toothpastes gets rid of acnes/pimples?

Not recommended: I would not be surprised if it did, but I would not recommend it. If it works it is because it probably just dries out the area due to the ph of the flavoring agents and the Fluoride ion helps to kill bacteria. The potential for particles to clog your pores is too great. There are better treatments for acne that probably cost less than toothpaste. ...Read more

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Why do we get acne & pimples?

Why do we get acne & pimples?

Acne: During puberty, there is an increase in sebum production in the skin. Sebum and skin debris clog pores and the blockage results in inflammation. Gently cleaning the surface of the skin and applying acne medications such as benzoyl peroxide or prescription clindamycin help reduce the bacteria and clean up to the top layer of the skin allowing the pimples/comedones to clear over time. ...Read more

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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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Can clobact gm cure acne or pimples?

Can clobact gm cure acne or pimples?

NEVER!!!!: First, neomycin is useless. It is a common sensitizer causing numerous allergic reactions. Clobetasol is a super potent steroid associated with risk of cataracts and glaucoma. It also may cause a peculiar rash called PERIORAL DERMATITIS which resembles severe acne. This product should never have been made, must NOT BE USED ON FACE, and is a terrible choice for acne. ...Read more

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Can kojic acid can remove acne pimple?

Can kojic acid can remove acne pimple?

No: It is for lightening skin but it is an unstable product so it needs refrigeration and to be in a dark environment. ...Read more

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Pimples (Definition)

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Facial Pimples (Definition)

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