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What is the criteria needed to be put on Accutane ? I have severe back acne, and mild facial acne with some red acne marks.

What is the criteria needed to be put on Accutane ? I have severe back acne, and mild facial acne with some red acne marks.

Failure: You ought to have been placed on failed topical and/or oral antibitics for a sufficient period of time. Topical approaches such as benzoyl peroxide foams combined with topical antibiotics can often be very effective. If you fail these, then Accutane is certainly a reasonable option. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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Could honey work for clearing acne and acne scarring?

Could honey work for clearing acne and acne scarring?

No: This is a cruel internet hoax. Acne severe enough to cause scarring needs to be seen, and should have been managed, by your personal physician. Make the phone call now. ...Read more

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Help for acne scarring on arms?

Help for acne scarring on arms?

Dermatology visit: I'm sorry your acne was this severe and was not managed properly. Nothing you can do will affect the scars. A dermatologist can make them less visible with laser, dermabrasion, injection or microsurgery. For both sexes today, looks is first and foremost about fitness rather than skin. Several hollywood male stars have kept their scars for 'character', but I am glad you have a choice today. ...Read more

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Will deep scarring fade with accutane?

Will deep scarring fade with accutane?

No: Deep scars will do what deep scars want to do. Accutane will help prevent further break outs but once scarring has occurred other treatments will need to be done to minimize their look. ...Read more

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Have mild facial acne scars and occasional acne breakouts. Is growing beard a bad idea for my scars or acne in any way?

Have mild facial acne scars and occasional acne breakouts. Is growing beard a bad idea for my scars or acne in any way?

A beard covers acne: If you prefer a beard, it can disguise the skin problem, but it doesn't change its severity. See your doctor for effective treatment. ...Read more

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What would help with acne scars? I suffered from a terrible acne phase and now I'm left with a ton of acne scars

What would help with acne scars? I suffered from a terrible acne phase and now I'm left with a ton of acne scars

Thickness: Depends on the thickness of acne scars and pigmentation if any. Some types of lasers can help to reduce the thickness and I have found Elure cream to be helpful with the level of pigmentation. ...Read more

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I am having low to moderate acne on my face & back. With rown complexion & some acne scars. Please advice medicines & topical treatment for fair skin?

I am having low to moderate acne on my face & back. With rown complexion & some acne scars.
Please advice medicines & topical treatment for fair skin?

Get real Rx: If it's on your back, you'll probably need both topical treatment (consider benzoyl peroxide plus topical clindamycin, perhaps with a retinoic acid derivative), plus a sytemic antibiotic or one of the big guns that only a dermatologist can write for. Some acne scars give a man character, but this should be a choice; this is the 21st century & all acne can be managed scientifically. ...Read more

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Can I use isotretinoin ( net look ) for few or mild acne and post acne red marks ?

Can I use isotretinoin ( net look ) for few or mild acne and post acne red marks ?

Acne: Don't try and self-medicate. Isotretinoin is indicated for severe acne. Consult your doctor for help. ...Read more

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Do acne scars fade and flatten out with time and Glycolic acid peels? Both hyper pigmentation and light indentation.

Do acne scars fade and flatten out with time and Glycolic acid peels? Both hyper pigmentation and light indentation.

Yes: Acne scars do usually flatten and fade with time. Glycolic peels can help this. I would see your dermatologist to get the best evaluation and treatment for this. ...Read more

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Severe acne scars on forehead, and the sides of the face. Besides dermabrasion & other skin resurfacing treatments how can I achieve clear skin again?

Severe acne scars on forehead, and the sides of the face. Besides dermabrasion & other skin resurfacing treatments how can I achieve clear skin again?

Don't give up!: Deep acne scars are a tough problem. Laser resurfacing, in my opinion, is the best way to improve the appearance. It is rarely a one time treatment, however. We use active fx and deep fx and repeat the treatment a few times (we wait a few months between treatments to evaluate the effect) for maximal benefit. ...Read more

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Does epiduo help with face scaring and blemishes?

Does  epiduo  help with face scaring and blemishes?

Yes: Medications that contain a retinoid (such as adapalene, tretinoin, or tazarotene) have a powerful effect on preventing acne lesions, but also help smooth scarring and lighten marks (hyperpigmented areas) left by pimples. It can be a slow process, but little by little this medication should help. ...Read more

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Does asepxia soap work for acne scars on my face?

Does asepxia soap work for acne scars on my face?

Acne but not scars: Asepxia soaps state on the label “remover of oil and impurities”. It has both exfolliant and astringent qualities. Although this may help with acne, no soap will remove acne scars. ...Read more

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Best cleaning solution for diff type skin: sensitive clear face, insensitive back of neck with acne?

Best cleaning solution for diff type skin: sensitive clear face, insensitive back of neck with acne?

Two solutions: You will probably need two different solutions since the skin conditions are so different. On the face, you could use an extra gentle facial cleanser, e.g., Cetaphil Extra Sensitive formula and on the back of the neck, you can use an over-the-counter mild benzoyl peroxide wash. ...Read more

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I have acne on my face as well as acne scars .How to prevent acne and decrease scars?

I have acne on my face as well as acne scars .How to prevent acne and decrease scars?

Acne treatment: You may need oral antibiotics or topical antibiotics to get acne under control. See a plastic surgeon who does skin care, or see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Does clindamycin gel help with acne scars and pores ?

Does clindamycin gel help with acne scars and pores ?

Clindamycin: It is unlikely that this will change either the scarring or the enlarged pores. See a dermatologist and they can advise you about methods by which this can be improved. ...Read more

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Does Mederma work well on acne scars and age spots?

Does Mederma work well on acne scars and age spots?

Mederma won't work: Mederma can be helpful for surgical or traumatic wounds during the healing period. Once scars have matured it is unlikely that mederma will result in any improvement. ...Read more

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Hi There, I have mild-moderate hormonal acne. I have some acne scarring on cheeks, how can you fade scarring fast?

Hi There, I have mild-moderate hormonal acne. I have some acne scarring on cheeks, how can you fade scarring fast?

ACNE SCARRING: YOU CANNOT FADE ACNE SCARRING! DO SEE A DERMATOLOGIST; SHE OR HE CAN RECOMMEND SOME TYPE OF SOLUTION. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for sun damage and brown spots snd mild cystic acne scar removal on the face?

What is the best treatment for sun damage and brown spots snd mild cystic acne scar removal on the face?

Several: Intense pulsed light (ipl) is really good for sun damage but especially the brown spots. Chiemical peels can work too depending on the damage as well as on some acne scars. Other acne scars may need lasers or certain type of in office surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Does acne marks and pimples on back and shoulders considered skin allergies? Thanks. :)

Does acne marks and pimples on back and shoulders considered skin allergies? Thanks. :)

No relationship: There is no evidence that acne is caused by allergies of any sort, and no treatment that is effective against allergies is effective against acne. ...Read more

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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


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