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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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I have redness on my face from my acne treatment cream my doctor prescribed me any help?

I have redness on my face from my acne treatment cream my doctor prescribed me any help?

Redness: Some acne medications such as retinoid creams, benzoyl peroxide, and others exfoliate and may dry and irritate the skin. Using less product and transitioning to every other day may help along with using a moisturizer . Contact your dermatologist for instructions. ...Read more

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If proactive isn't working for me, and no other acne treatment i've tried, what do I do to reduce the redness and blemmishes on my face (16 yrs old)?

If proactive isn't working for me, and no other acne treatment i've tried, what do I do to reduce the redness and blemmishes on my face (16 yrs old)?

See a dermatologist: Dermatologists have a lot of options to treat acne. Some prescriptions may work much better than proactive for you. Often antibiotics are needed. There are even laser treatments for acne now. Make an appointment! ...Read more

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I would like a mild acne treatment that heals red post acne marks?

I would like a mild acne treatment that heals red post acne marks?

Mild will fail: The red marks after acne lesions subside aren't treatable and you'll need to let them face on their own. Instead, focus on whatever it takes to keep your disease under control -- and if it's leaving red marks that stay around, you'll need strong stuff. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated isn't clearing you in 2 weeks, you'll need prescription-strength from your physician. ...Read more

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I've just finished accutane, when can I get a laser treatment to get rid of acne red marks?

I've just finished accutane, when can I get a laser treatment to get rid of acne red marks?

6-12 months: It can take 6-12 months for the skin to totally recover from changes caused by accutane. ...Read more

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Does doxycycline the acne treatment medicine make your skin red, and it says take one tablet with food in the morning.. Any suggestions?.

Does doxycycline the acne treatment medicine make your skin red, and it says take one tablet with food in the morning.. Any suggestions?.

Photosensitivity: Doxycycline can make your skin hypersensitive to sunlight and prone to sunburn with minimal sun exposure. Patients are always advised to stay out of the sun while taking doxycycline, and use sunblock or wear clothes that cover you completely. If you already have a rash whether its photosensitivity or a straightforward allergic reaction you may need to discontinue the doxycycline. ...Read more

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No more pimples, still on accutane, but I have red acne scars on my cheeks and redness uneven skintone. Any treatments i can do ? I have wedding soon

Ease up on RetinA: You state that you are on Accutane but your history states you are on retin a (tretinoin) as well. You may want to ease up on the retin a (tretinoin) as that may be responsible for your redness. Some patients love and swear by relight therapy but the science is lacking. Nor surgical interventions can be done because of the Accutane so cosmetics may be your best option. ...Read more

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Does light therapy(mixed blue and red light)work to clear acne? Thank you

Does light therapy(mixed blue and red light)work to clear acne?
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Sucker bait: Colored light therapy is decades old. There's just enough scientific jargon that the practitioner can use to make people believe that this fun-therapy might work. It's an amusing placebo. If you can take and want the oral contraceptive pill, it's likely to clear you; otherwise, start with topical benzoyl peroxide with Clindamycin or something similar your doctor can rx. You deserve to be acne-free. ...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