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Dr. Ed Friedlander
2,095 doctors shared insights

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 can be done to stop my acne from scarring my face?

What can be done to stop my acne from scarring my face?

Acne scars: One important factor is prevent new scars-get your acne under control. Find a dermatologist to tackle that with you. Most treatment to improve the appearance of acne scars use special technology to remodel the skin. The device I use to treat acne scars is called ematrix--see for info: http://www.Smacboca.Com/e-matrix-sublative-rejuvenation.Html other options include fractional lasers or subscision. ...Read more

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Do acne scars from picking skin eventually heal over time if stops picking? How long approx if so? Thanks Dr!

Do acne scars from picking skin eventually heal over time if stops picking? How long approx if so? Thanks Dr!

Acne scars: Old acne scars which have been inflamed will eventually return to normal skin tone providing they don't get aggravated by picking or irritating facial products (they will generally turn red, then brown prior to fading to normal color and this can take weeks). Minimize new pimples from developing by using hypoallergenic washes and moisturizers, benzoyl peroxide, and staying well hydrated. ...Read more

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I recently managed to get myself to stop picking acne, but now I have some acne scars all over my body. How long do they take to go away usually?

I recently managed to get myself to stop picking acne, but now I have some acne scars all over my body. How long do they take to go away usually?

A few options: Skin bleaching with various agents or peels may help as well as resurfacing techniques depending on he exact nature of the discoloration which may benefit from glycolic acids peels, hydroquinone, kojic acids, etc. Ipl, lasers or microdermabrasion or dermabrasion are also options, avoid sun exposure while being treated. ...Read more

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What are some natural remedies to quickly reduce acne scars on face and stop acne inflammation?

What are some natural remedies to quickly reduce acne scars on face and stop acne inflammation?

NONE: If you go into the typical herb store they will take your money & send you home with a useless product. Don't be a sucker. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is it common to take "sulfamethoxazole-tmp" pills for acne treatment (apparently its suppose to stop bacteria growth under the dark acne scar spots)?

Is it common to take "sulfamethoxazole-tmp" pills for acne treatment (apparently its suppose to stop  bacteria growth under the dark acne scar spots)?

See below: Smx-tmp is one of several antibiotics used to control cases of more severe acne (tetracycline family, clindamycin, some cephalosporins, Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) are also used). If acne is mild, use topical antibiotics to avoid side effects of systemic antibiotics: e.g., smx-tmp is a notorious photosensitizer, so use sunblock while taking it. Dermatologist can optimize regimen for acne. ...Read more

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What gives acne scars?

What gives acne scars?

Inflammation: When acne is inflammatory, there are many chemicals that may destroy the structural elements in the dermis including collagen and elastic fibers. The skin becomes red and atrophic. Picking the pimples may enhance this damage. ...Read more

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How to cure acne scars?

How to cure acne scars?

Treat acne first: Active acne must be taken care of first. Once that is done, then scarring can be addressed with a variety of treatment options depending on your skin type, the depth of scar, presence of other skin problems etc. Your facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist may recommend peels, lasers, scar revisions, dermabrasion or other techniques. Good luck! ...Read more

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How to cure acne scars?

How to cure acne scars?

First control acne: Acne is a complex disease treated with a variety of approaches ranging from topical anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, as well as hormonal, medical regimens and surgery. Each case is individually treated and it is difficult to recommend a single cure. See a dermatologist first. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Christine Lee
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Acne Scar (Definition)

Acne scars are much deeper than the 2 dimensional blemish on the surface. The collagen fibers may extend through the subcutaneous fat to pull the surface down toward the underlying fascial layers. This creates the three dimensional "pit" common ...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