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I need help with acne?

I need help with acne?

Many options.: Begin with benzoyl peroxide. It's effective and well tolerated for most people. Start with a low strength and increase if needed. With stubborn acne, add a second product with a different active ingredient, such as salicylic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid, or sulfur. But do see a dermatologist; in the long run it's way cheaper than trying all those "miracle" non-prescription concoctions. ...Read more

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 to do if i need help clearing acne caused by anti-rejection medication?

What to do if i need help clearing acne caused by anti-rejection medication?

Variety of choices: The Cyclosporine family famously cause people to break out with acne. Your physician knows some options -- have you tried topical clindamycin? ...Read more

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I need help with my acne?

I need help with my acne?

Benzoyl peroxide: Are you using anything? If not then consider a benzoyl peroxide cream or gel nightly. Also wash face with mild soap 2-3 times a day. If benzoyl peroxide not helpful then consider clindamycin topically and also tretinoin cream ...Read more

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Hi. I need help with my acne?

Hi. I need help with my acne?

Choices: Benzoyl peroxide is over the counter and is helpful. You can see your doc for a prescription but try a few simple things... Wash your pillowcases often, don't touch your skin where it's broken out, and be conscious of anything that does touch your face often ( like phone) and clean it ...Read more

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I need help with my acne. I've tried everything and nothing works?

I need help with my acne. I've tried everything and nothing works?

Acne treatment: Acne can be prevented or minimized by using a gentle cleanser twice daily, over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid products or prescription medications including topical cream with or without oral medications. Don't pick! A dermatologist should be able to help you. ...Read more

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Need help docs! my acne gets flat but overnight it pops up again!?

Need help docs! my acne gets flat but overnight it pops up again!?

Treat aggressively: Even when it is quiescent, keep affected areas treated with topical benzoyl peroxide as much as you can tolerate. If you need something stronger to add, get with your personal physician. ...Read more

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Need help docs! my acne won't go away at all not matter how many things i try?

Need help docs! my acne won't go away at all not matter how many things i try?

Please see a doctor.: Please see a dermatologist, you may need stronger treatment like retinoic acid. ...Read more

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Need help docs! my acne has been getting progressively worse, what is my problem?

Need help docs! my acne has been getting progressively worse, what is my problem?

You're neglecting it: Please forgive my frankness. Nobody knows why one person gets a lot of acne and the next person doesn't. What I do know is that it's manageable, it's unrelated to lifestyle / diet / hygiene, and it's a grave liability that can ruin a job interview. If topical benzoyl peroxide hasn't cleared you in two weeks, phone your personal physician; he/she will add a prescription-strength rx. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I need help finding an acne treatment?

I need help finding an acne treatment?

Acne treatment: Dermatologists are experienced at acne management. Find one. ...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