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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 want to know my options for treating acne?

I want to know my options for treating acne?

Many: Depending on the severity of acne and potential triggers, there are topically applied treatments as well as oral medications or even light therapies which can be used. If mild, over the counter salicylic acid andbenzoyl peroxide products can be useful. If more severe, then i recommend being evaluated by a physician to implement a treatment plan, either primary car to start and then a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What medications are effective at treating acne?

What medications are effective at treating acne?

Treating Acne differ: The cause of acne is poorly understood. However the consequences may be devastating. While Accutane is one of the most effective treatments, therapy requires a full understanding of the risks. Once active cystic acne has occurred, practitioners differ in their treatment regimens. In the usa, topical salicylic acid and/or benzoyl peroxide, oral systemic retinoids and/or a variety of antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is the best natural method for treating acne?

What is the best natural method for treating acne?

Adjuncts only: "pop" remedies such as lemon juice, tea tree oil (an estrogen that can give a teenaged boy breasts), apple cider vinegar or sleeping with your face smeared with honey won't help nearly as much as topical benzyol peroxide or the prescription-strength rx's a physician can use if it fails. If a teen doesn't get effective rx because of somebody's superstition, he/she is being done a grave disservice. ...Read more

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What is a method at home i can do for treating acne?

What is a method at home i can do for treating acne?

They don't work: Lemons to colored lights -- they'll disappoint you. The only over-the-counter rx that's really good is benzoyl peroxide. Your physician can offer topical treatments, a systemic antibiotic & maybe Accutane if you need it. All acne's manageable nowadays. Please don't let you or your teen suffer with this just because somebody's told you "natural is better". ...Read more

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This is true, are there any what are good home remediesfor treating acne?

Avoid conditioners: The #1 cause of acne are shampoo conditioners. They block the skin pores which give rise to acne. I suggest switching to baby shampoos that lack the additional conditioner. Eating healthy and consuming fresh fruits and vegetables may also decrease acne eruptions. ...Read more

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How helpful is Accutane for acne?

How helpful is Accutane for acne?

Acne: Accutane is the most effective therapy that is available for severe acne. It is not meant for milder forms of acne. ...Read more

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Is 'Sudocrem' good for treating acne?

Is 'Sudocrem' good for treating acne?

Hard to tell: Many skin products are sold as "good for treating acne", but it is hard to tell what really will happen on one's face. If wanting to test it, one can use the Sudocrem Acne Cream product on the left or right side of the face, and not use it on the other side of the face. If after 2 months, the Sudocrem side of the face is noticeably better than the other side, then the Sudocrem might be helping. ...Read more

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How effective are lemons for treating acne?

How effective are lemons for treating acne?

No: Acne is a serious, chronic, non-lifestyle-related, non-hygiene-related disease that often has a devastating and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Even if benzoyl peroxide fails, all acne can be managed effectively by a physician. If you are responsible for the physical and emotional health of a young people, please don't waste time with "household remedies.". ...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