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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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What kinds of laser treatment can remove acnes quickly? Any ideas about the wavelength or other determining factors?

What kinds of laser treatment can remove acnes quickly? Any ideas about the wavelength or other determining factors?

Photofacial and peel: Most photofacial units have a wavelength setting that kill the p. Acnes bacteria and can greatly improve your condition. Another useful and less costly approach is to have a facial peel with salicylic acid (essentially Aspirin at high concentration). This kills the bacteria, unplugs the pores, and is anti-inflammatory, so decreases facial redness. ...Read more

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Does unhealthy food cause or inflame adult acne? Resulting in pimples or anything. My dermatologist says it seems play a huge factor?

Does unhealthy food cause or inflame adult acne? Resulting in pimples or anything. My dermatologist says it seems play a huge factor?

Yes, in some people: Some people are especially reactive to dairy products -- there could be others. This is not the same as an acute allergic response, but food intolerance can show up in many kinds of symptoms, including skin manifestations. Ask your dermatologist what suggestions s/he has for you in particular. ...Read more

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This yr i've grown facial peach fuzz.Worried it'spcos?Acne developed this yr but no high bp, bad cramps & i've lost weight.Also started addmeds&birth control this yr.Are 1/both possible factor(s)?

Check.....: Free and total testosterone at your pcps office. A fasting lipid profile should also be done. If either are abnormal, an ultrasound of ovaries should settle this. Bcps actually diminish your ovarian function and contain no androgens. It would not be a feature of add medicine! ...Read more

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How I can cure my acnes face?

How I can cure my acnes face?

Lots of choices: It depends on what type of acne you have. Benzoyl peroxide, which is over the counter, is used for papular and pustular acne, which is the red inflamed acne. Tretinion is used for comedonal acne. Topical antibiotics are another choice for acne. More than one treatment is often needed depending on your skin. Your doctor will need to look at your skin to help you choose the right medication. ...Read more

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How do i use goldenseal for my acnes?

How do i use goldenseal for my acnes?

Not proven: Goldenseal is a herb found from the northeast to Arkansas. It contains berberine which has been used in several medical conditions without proof. Most of the constituents in Goldenseal are poorly absorbed and amounts off berberine are variable. There are much better treatments for acne available so check with a dermatologist ...Read more

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I want to ask about the problem of acnes?

I want to ask about the problem of acnes?

Acne Vulgaris: A very common condition that affects at least 80% of the population , at some point. Treatment can be topical or oral (if more severe) by a Dermatologist. ...Read more

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Please tell me how to treat back acnes?

Please tell me how to treat back acnes?

See Dermatologist: There are several treatment options, in step-wise therapy. The most successful medication for this is accutane, but requires strict oversight. ...Read more

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What is acne?

What is acne?

Blocked sebum....: Each hair follicle has a sweat gland....which opens to a skin pore........because of some reason the pore or sweat duct gets blocked to cause cummulation of fluid which can get infected and inflamed and raised above skin surface..........Acne ...Read more

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What is acne?

What is acne?

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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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