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How can I cure acne vulgaris and acne scars. Precautions for acne?

How can I cure acne vulgaris and acne scars. Precautions for acne?

Scientific Rx: If you are male and still have acne while on benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin, your physician may try a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day. Or if this is deep / cystic / severe acne, it may be time to consider accutane. For the scars, a dermatologist can abrade, fill, operate and/or laser; your choice, but note the hollywood stars who keep their scars for character. Good luck. ...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


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Hyperhidrosis, irregular cycles, poor healing wounds, stretch marks since childhood now faded, irreg cycles, cystic acne, hirsutism, is it cushings?

Hyperhidrosis, irregular cycles, poor healing wounds, stretch marks since childhood now faded, irreg cycles, cystic acne, hirsutism, is it cushings?

May be endocrine: Your symptoms are certainly suggestive of a possible endocrine diagnosis even if not cushings. Polycystic ovary syndrome, pcos, could also cause those symptoms. Start with your primary who may be comfortable doing all the evaluation and treatment for pcos and may send you for consult if labs are more suggestive of cushings. ...Read more

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What makes cystic nodular acne different from everyday acne?

What makes cystic nodular acne different from everyday acne?

Sebaceous glands: Acne can occur anywhere there are sebaceous glands (oil glands) in the skin. Web md is a great resource to learn more about acne. Skin hygiene with soap and water followed by benzol peroxide or 2% salicylic acid products are over the counter options. An evaluation by a dermatologist can help develop a long term plan. Resistant acne can also be treated with antibiotics and some laser therapy. ...Read more

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Do momate cream cures acne and acne spots?

Do momate cream cures acne and acne spots?

Terrible idea: This is a glucocorticoid and will give the bacteria that cause acne a growth advantage. This is one of the worst things you can do for acne. This is serious business, not something for home remedies using prescription-strength medications. Please get with a competent physician for guidance. ...Read more

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Will an acne facial improve on my acne scars?

Will an acne facial improve on my acne scars?

Not much: A facial may help a little, but not dramatically. Seek evaluation by a reputable facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Depending on the depth of the scars, discoloration, presence of active acne, etc there might be different treatment plans recommended. Assuming no active acne, treatment options include peels, laser treatments, dermabrasion, etc. ...Read more

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Tubal with cesarean. 30 years old, acne like a teenage boy, very heavy periods with nearly debilitating cramps and hair growth on face/belly. Pcos?

Tubal with cesarean. 30 years old, acne like a teenage boy, very heavy periods with nearly debilitating cramps and hair growth on face/belly. Pcos?

Possible: Criteria for diagnosis of PCOS, which mandate the presence of two of the following three findings—hyperandrogenism, ovulatory dysfunction, and polycystic ovaries—plus the exclusion of other diagnoses that could result in hyperandrogenism or ovulatory dysfunction. I am sure it sounds complicated to you, please discuss it with your physician in person. ...Read more

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Accutane or spironlactone? Female, 23, stubborn acne. Took Accutane 8 years ago, oily skin and excessive menstruation controlled with progesterone.

Accutane or spironlactone? Female, 23, stubborn acne. Took Accutane 8 years ago, oily skin and excessive menstruation controlled with progesterone.

Either work: If you took accutane and still have problems then maybe try something different. Also spironolactone will not require the multiple visits and tests that accutane does. And best of all it is effective. ...Read more

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What works for cystic/nodular/hormonal chin jawline acne?

What works for cystic/nodular/hormonal chin jawline acne?

See dermatologist: There is a wide range of treatments. If it is that severe, oral antibiotic or Accutane might be indicated in addition to topical medications. Sounds like a dermatology consult might me in order. ...Read more

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Acne and pimple treatment?

Acne and pimple treatment?

Acne therapy: If your acne doesn't respond to otc treatments, consider seeing a doctor or dermatologist to get a stronger prescription lotion. Tretinoin (avita, retin-a, others), Adapalene (differin) and tazarotene (tazorac, avage) are examples of topical prescription products derived from vitamin a. They work by promoting cell turnover and preventing plugging . You may also need oral antibiotics like doryx (doxycycline). ...Read more

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Is cystic acne contagious?

Is cystic acne contagious?

No: Anyone with cystic acne should consider a course of Isotretinoin if they are an appropriate candidate. The microbes that cause acne are ubiquitous and on everybody's skin. ...Read more

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Is microdermabrasion effective for acne and acne scars?

Is microdermabrasion effective for acne and acne scars?

Yes & No: There are two types of acne scars. Craters and ice-pick. The ice-pick scar has sharp borders whereas the crater has smoother borders. Ice-pick variety of scars have to be excised and can be done quite easily with small punch biopsies. The crater variety can be helped with multiple sessions of microdermabrasion. ...Read more

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When Accutane fails for severe cystic acne what's next?

Accutane: Accutane rarely fails for cystic acne. Normally 50% of people are cured taking 1mg/kg for 20 weeks. 50% of people need a second course at double the dose. A very few people need higher doses and more prolonged therapy. Weekly blood tests are need to monitor for adverse effects at these higher doses. See a dermatologist experienced in administering higher doses of accutane. ...Read more

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Cystic modular acne doxy treatment line?

Cystic modular acne doxy treatment line?

Helpful for acne.: Doxycycline is an antibiotic that is commonly prescribed for cystic or nodular acne. It is typically prescribed when topical medications are ineffective. It would be best to see your local dermatologist or plastic surgeon specializing in skin care to develop a comprehensive approach to your acne. ...Read more

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Suffering from nodular cystic acne. During periods acne bcom worse. M on isotroin 30 mg medication. How to control severe acne during periods. Pls hlp?

Suffering from nodular cystic acne. During periods acne bcom worse. M on isotroin 30 mg medication. How to control severe acne during periods. Pls hlp?

Hormonal Acne: If you are having acne breakouts during menses while on isotretinoin, your problem is likely more related to hormones. I would see your doctor about a hormonal workup (check testosterone, fsh/lh, dhea-s), and look at more hormone specific treatments for acne, like spironolactone, cyproterone, or flutamide. ...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


Dr. Marsha Davis
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Facial Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more