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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 will Zenatane make a difference? On day 7 40mgs once a day. My back acne is terrible. The pills are hard to swallow and I get so upset.

When will Zenatane make a difference? On day 7 40mgs once a day. My back acne is terrible. The pills are hard to swallow and I get so upset.

Powerful mediciation: Should only be used for sever breakouts and even then, ina cream or gel ( topical) form. Consult your dermatologist for oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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How can I make my back acne go away?

How can I make my back acne go away?

Depends: For localized back acne, topical benzoyl peroxide and a retinoids will usually suffice. For extensive back acne, a systemic antibiotic may be necessary. ...Read more

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What should I do to take care of back acne fast?

What should I do to take care of back acne fast?

Sorry: It won't be fast. A 47 yr old woman is not the same as an adolescent. Tetracycline is likely to fail. Need to know much more: menst periods? Meds? Hormones? Hair changes? Best therapy may be spironolactone, an antiandrogen. Usually it will be 3 months to begin to improve. Sun & swimming often help. Isotretinoin pills will clear it in 5 months but are a difficult treatment. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What should I do to take care of back acne quickly?

What should I do to take care of back acne quickly?

Serious Rx: If it's on your back, you can't do it on your own, and home remedies and topical benzoyl peroxide probably won't touch it. Your physician can probably clear you in about two weeks with a systemic antibiotic that's right for you, perhaps tetracycline 500 2x/day. If this fails and you're offered isotretinoin, accept it. ...Read more

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What should I do to take care of back acne and is it normal?

Scientific Rx: Acne is not normal, not a hygiene or lifestyle problem, and not something you have to tolerate. Acne on the trunk usually requires systemic treatment. Tetracycline 500 2x/day plus some topical is appropriate; some cases may require isotretinoin. If the patient is someone for whom you are responsible, please get this treated now, or there may be a lifetime of regrets. ...Read more

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Is back-acne caused by the same thing that causes facial acne?

Is back-acne caused by the same thing that causes facial acne?

Yes: Exactly the same thing. Because you can't "see" your back, it's easier to neglect cleaning it well, and the acne can appear to be worse. But it's the same thing from start to finish. Same treatment. Same skin care. ...Read more

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What to do if I have back acne and I am afraid to take of my shirt?

What to do if I have back acne and I am afraid to take of my shirt?

I'm sorry: All acne can be managed and yours should have been. There's still time. You can't do it on your own, and home remedies and topical benzoyl peroxide probably won't touch it. Your physician can probably clear you in about two weeks with a systemic antibiotic that's right for you, perhaps tetracycline 500 2x/day. If this fails and you're offered isotretinoin, accept it. ...Read more

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What should I do to take care of back acne in about 2 and a half months?

What should I do to take care of back acne in about 2 and a half months?

Systemic Rx: You can't do it on your own, and home remedies and topical benzoyl peroxide probably won't touch it. Your physician can probably clear you in about two weeks with a systemic antibiotic that's right for you, perhaps tetracycline 500 2x/day. If this fails and you're offered isotretinoin, accept it. ...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