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I have two huge spots on my mustache area, have used obaji for one year, two fraxel laser treatment And two chemical peels, the spots are still there?

I have two huge spots on my mustache area, have used obaji  for one year, two fraxel laser treatment And two chemical peels, the spots are still there?

Persistent spots: You haven't described the spots. However, surface treatments have limited effect. Pigmentation changes and some skin lesions are hard to get rid of. Get your doctor to explain what can and can't be achieved in your case. ...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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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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Tips on acne treatment?

Tips on acne treatment?

Rx's best: Since you are a female, your physician may be able to identify a mild hormonal problem putting you at extra risk. Over-the-counter stuff is weak. I start with topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative, adding a systemic antibiotic if needed (erythromycin might be a good choice if you can tolerate it). Only dermatologists can use the strongest medications. ...Read more

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I took laser treatment for severe acne at the age 15. One year later pimples grew again although not severe. What is 1 final treatment for acne?

I took laser treatment for  severe acne at the age 15. One year later pimples grew again although not severe. What is 1 final treatment for acne?

Isotretinoin: Isotretinoin (trade name: accutane) is a powerful drug used in the treatment of acne. Four to five months of Accutane treatment usually leads to clearing of acne. It is a potent medication that is very effective for nearly all types of breakouts. Accutane is needed for moderate to severe acne that has failed other treatments. It should be used for a severe, scarring acne. ...Read more

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What's the optimal natural treatment for pimples and acne?

What's the optimal natural treatment for pimples and acne?

Natural?: Herbs and other supplements are an interesting field and are helpful adjuncts to mainstream evidence-based medicine. But none will treat acne as effectively as what your physician has. The vitamin a analogues and antibiotics that actually work against acne are straight form mother nature.Tea tree oil, the one good anti-acne botanical, is an estrogen that's made guys grow breasts. ...Read more

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After taking acutane what treatments are available to remove acne scars. I have over 20 on my face and around 100 on my back and chest.?

After taking acutane what treatments are available to remove acne scars. I have over 20 on my face and around 100 on my back and chest.?

3 options: You have 3 options and the option that is chosen really depends on the depth and size of the scars. Scar revision (or excision, and replacement with a new more cosmetically appealing scar), dermabrasion, or fractional co2 laser skin resurfacing. If dermabrasion or laser resurfacing is used, you should be off Accutane for at least 6 months. I would talk to a facial plastic surgeon in your area. ...Read more

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What's the fastest/best treatment for acne vulgaris and cystic acne?

What's the fastest/best treatment for acne vulgaris and cystic acne?

Derm consult: If you have cystic acne, you deserve 21st century treatment beyond what even your family doc can provide. A dermatologist will probably place you on one of the vitamin a derivatives; they are unpleasant and somewhat dangerous, you'll need to listen to the instructions carefully, and they work. Life is rough enough without cystic acne. I wish you the best. ...Read more

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Is laser acne removal effective on acne or only on older scars?

Is laser acne removal effective on acne or only on older scars?

On scars: It is not effective for active acne , and except for the aesthera laser potentially harmful. It is great for other acne scars, especially the mixto fractional which has won the aesthetic award last two years in a row for acne scar removal.! ...Read more

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Female, Asian, 19. Only get acne on right side of face leaving hyperpigmentation. Wash sheets/face regularly with acne scrub. Any tips for treatment?

Female, Asian, 19. Only get acne on right side of face leaving hyperpigmentation. Wash sheets/face regularly with acne scrub. Any tips for treatment?

See a dermatologist: Tretinoin (Retin A) or adapalene prescription will reduce the acne and the post-inflamatory hyperpigmentation. Depending on the severity of the acne, as well as your emotional reaction to it, you may also consider prescription SPIRONLACTONE, an antiandrogen. Very effective. Very safe except not if pregnant or in kidney failure. ...Read more

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Does Curacne and other acne treatments cure acne permanently, I've taken Curacne 30mg for 3 months but after a year the acne problem returned!!

Does Curacne and other acne treatments cure acne permanently, I've taken Curacne 30mg for 3 months but after a year the acne problem returned!!

You answered it: You asked if something called Curacne effected a permanent cure for acne and you said that your acne returned within the year. It reminds me of Bill when he said that it all depends on what the meaning of the word is is. Acne is a rite of passage and most of us get it and get thru it to adulthood. If you're having problems see your doc. ...Read more

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Is benzoyl peroxide effective for acne my skin is oily I have few pimples but much of post acne hyper pigmentation red marks..

Yes: Otc benzoyl peroxide 2% or 5% costs $5-10. Be careful: it will bleach clothing, towels, bed sheets. It is irritating & drying near lips & eyelids. If you control acne, you will slowly recover more normal color. A dermatologist can help with prescriptions. If you get branded benzoyl peroxide (proactiv) you will pay 10x more for same thing. ...Read more

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What are some home remedies for back acne and back acne scars?

What are some home remedies for back acne and back acne scars?

Some help: Regular use of antibacterial soap helps dry skin & kill off some bacteria residing there. Loofah or scrub brush to help remove dead skin. Sunshine (it's 24f here today) exposure helps some. Astringent ("witch hazel" etc.) can dry & kill bacteria as well. If these don't improve it, will need to see dermatologist for meds. ...Read more

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Severe acne scars on forehead, and the sides of the face. Besides dermabrasion & other skin resurfacing treatments how can I achieve clear skin again?

Severe acne scars on forehead, and the sides of the face. Besides dermabrasion & other skin resurfacing treatments how can I achieve clear skin again?

Don't give up!: Deep acne scars are a tough problem. Laser resurfacing, in my opinion, is the best way to improve the appearance. It is rarely a one time treatment, however. We use active fx and deep fx and repeat the treatment a few times (we wait a few months between treatments to evaluate the effect) for maximal benefit. ...Read more

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What are my options for skin resurfacing on my face other than lasers?

What are my options for skin resurfacing on my face other than lasers?

Depends: To improve skin texture, tightness and tone, resurfacing is often used. Intense pulse light lasers or led lights can help improve discoloration and provide some wrinkle reduction. Peels, superficial and deep can improve skin as well. Obagi skin care line is a great line of topical products for patients who do not want to do skin procedures. Expensive but effective. ...Read more

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What skin treatments are good for acne marks and I have one slightly slightly depressed acne scar ? Any creams ? Peels ? I'm on retin-a for a 5 weeks

What skin treatments are good for acne marks and I have one slightly slightly depressed acne scar ? Any creams ? Peels ? I'm on retin-a for a 5 weeks

Numerous choices: There are a variety of treatments that vary according to the severity of scars: chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, fillers, fat grafting, excision, grafting, etc. ...Read more

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I have suffering from acne and pimples on my face and shoulders for 4 years. Which cream , facewash and soap should I use? Which medicines?

I have suffering from acne and pimples on my face and shoulders for 4 years. Which cream , facewash and soap should I use?  Which medicines?

Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'. ...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