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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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Do you thik Accutane is a good treatment for the acne in the chest and the back?

Do you thik Accutane is a good treatment for the acne in the chest and the back?

Yes but only if. .: Only if you're willing to tolerate side effects and very strict requirements for taking it. Remember that Isotretinoin is associated w/birth defects. That's why you need to promise to use 2 forms of birth control regularly. If you can't, then it's not worth risk of delivering baby w/physical deformities. Discuss your options w/your dermatologist. Only you can decide if it's appropriate for u. ...Read more

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Can I have my doctor write me a prescription for acne treatment? My acne problem is not that serious, mainly chin, upper chest and back, so I would just like some topical solution to address problem areas from time to time.

Can I have my doctor write me a prescription for acne treatment? My acne problem is not that serious, mainly chin, upper chest and back, so I would just like some topical solution to address problem areas from time to time.

Sure: With it on your back and chest, your best move now is to use topical benzoyl peroxide wherever you tend to get it, and make an appointment to add an oral or systemic antibiotic for at least a short time. It's not fun to manage, but fairly easy. Best wishes. ...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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I have some acne at my chest region and my arm is it related to some diseases?? What's the best treatment to get rid of them

I have some acne at my chest region and my arm is it related to some diseases?? What's the best treatment to get rid of them

Acne: Is very common and can occur at any age but more so
in adolescence and young adulthood
first try a product like 10% benzoyl peroxide 2x/day
if not effective after a month then you should see your doctor ...Read more

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I have bad acne and what are some good and fast treatments that work its on my face back and cheast?

Acne: Your doctor may be able to help you with prescribing a antibiotic/acne medicated body wash as well as retin-a. This will help address the 3 ways that lead to acne - oil production, clogged pores, and bacteria. You may also try to wear lose fitting clothing particularly during activities with high perspiration. ...Read more

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What is the best spa treatment for blackheads and acne on the back?

What is the best spa treatment for blackheads and acne on the back?

ACNE IN SPA: Spas are not the best place to get any kind of medical treatment. Microdermabrasion, acne cleanings and superficial peels are all good therapies for your described condition, but they are best delivered by an aesthetician in a dermatologist's office. ...Read more

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Really bad acne and blackheads all over chest, back and face. I have big pores how do I get rid of them?

Really bad acne and blackheads all over chest, back and face. I have big pores how do I get rid of them?

Serious Rx needed: Acne on the trunk won't respond well to anything you can do on your own. Start using topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated and get with your personal physician now. If a course of a systemic antibiotic does not clear you, the next offer may be Isotretinoin from a dermatologist; it's not for the faint-hearted but i'd urge you to try it if it's suitable. ...Read more

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I have really bad acne and blackheads all over chest, back and face. I also have big pores how do I get rid of them?

I have really bad acne and blackheads all over chest, back and face. I also have big pores how do I get rid of them?

See a dermatologist: There are now in many different creams and pills available to treat acne that is either mild or severe. They suggest you see a dermatologist to see which is best for you. Remember that any treatment takes several weeks to take effect. ...Read more

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Hi I have bumps on my arms and back I think it's my hair clogged. My dad has it on his back. Maybe genetic. Is it acne or blackheads? Help? Treatment?

Hi I have bumps on my arms and back I think it's my hair clogged. My dad has it on his back. Maybe genetic. Is it acne or blackheads? Help? Treatment?

Keratosis Pilaris: You likely have Keratosis Pilaris, which is keratin build up which covers the fine vellus hair follicles that most people have on their arms, and blocks the hairs from erupting properly. The skin then gets rough or irritated. The simplest way to control it is to use a loofa-type body buff whenever you shower. Don't rub it too hard, but with regular buffing it may improve. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between a blackhead treatment and an acne treatment?

Is there a difference between a blackhead treatment and an acne treatment?

Yes: The first or primary lesion in acne is a clogged pore or blackhead/whitehead. This becomes inflammed and infected for many people. Treatment depends upon whether the pore is inflammed or not. ...Read more

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Can you recommend a good acne/blackhead wash or treatment?

Forget pop remedies: Benzoyl peroxide for starters. If not sufficient, topical Clindamycin and/or a topical retinoic acid derivative the latter especially if there are a lot of blackheads. Next step for a lady is the oral contraceptive pill if it is right for her. Then a systemic antibiotic right for the person. The big guns is accutae, not pleasant cheap or without risks but hugely effective and very much worth it. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment to use to get rid of acne, and blackheads? I was thinking about getting proactive. Would you recommend that?

What is the best treatment to use to get rid of acne, and blackheads? I was thinking about getting proactive. Would you recommend that?

Worth a try: If you have a more severe form of acne like cystic or nodular it probably won't work for you, if not, Pro-Active is worth a try. It is reasonably priced and if you shop around on line you can find some of their sets for a deal. Give it some time, about a month or so to work. If you don't see any improvement you may need to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is minocin (minocycline) a good treatment for acne and blackheads?

Is minocin (minocycline) a good treatment for acne and blackheads?

Minocin (minocycline) & Acne: Minocin (minocycline) is one of the effective oral antibiotics use in the treatment of moderate to severe acne. Blackheads are best treated by gentle, non abrasive cleansing and the use of lotions or creams that help exfoliate surface skin cells and unclog pores, like retinoids, salicylic or azelaic acids. Chemical peels and facials with extractions can also be helpful to control blackheads. ...Read more

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Is minocin (minocycline) a good treatment for acne and blackheads in girls or just in boys?

Is minocin (minocycline) a good treatment for acne and blackheads in girls or just in boys?

MINOCIN (minocycline) FOR ACNE: Minocin (minocycline) usually works very well for acne in boys and girls. However, there are many side effects that your doctor will tell you about. ...Read more

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How to get rid of acne (on chin, lower parts of my cheeks and jaw), and blackheads (on my nose and cheeks. I would appreciate some natural treatment?

How to get rid of acne (on chin, lower parts of my cheeks and jaw), and blackheads (on my nose and cheeks. I would appreciate some natural treatment?

See below: Please consult the site given below for suggestion on home treatment. You may need to try more than one method to see which works better for you.

http://www. Webmd. Com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-vulgaris-home-treatment ...Read more

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I have acne and blackheads everywhere on my body and I've tried creams and most acne treatments and they don't work. Is there an OTC pill I could take?

I have acne and blackheads everywhere on my body and I've tried creams and most acne treatments and they don't work. Is there an OTC pill I could take?

No OTC pill: I am going to assume that you have moderate to severe acne on the face and body and will assume you have used as directed topical treatments for at least 6-8 weeks at a time. If that is the case you will need to see a dermatiologist to consider oral medications starting with possibly oral antibiotics in combination with topical adapalene or tretinoin or consider oral isotretinoin treatment. ...Read more

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I have acne on the underside of my right breast. My doc. Said they are cysts. Not! They are blackheads & whiteheads in the hair pores. If I squeese them, they empty just like on a face, some of them get large & purple. What causes this?

I have acne on the underside of my right breast. My doc. Said they are cysts. Not! They are blackheads & whiteheads in the hair pores. If I squeese them, they empty just like on a face, some of them get large & purple. What causes this?

There: There are several possibilities. I wonder if you might have hidradenitis suppurativa:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/hidradenitis-suppurativa/ds00818

the main things I would think about would be acne, folliculitis, cysts, or hidradenitis. If it has been present since childhood nevus comedonicus would be possible. ...Read more

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I have a question abaout acne scar. I got acne in my back and my cheast its already cure but I have problem cos I have scar, how to remove my scar?

Acne scars: You need to see your local plastic surgeon to evaluate your scars and devise a plan to address them. Realize that you will be trading one acne scar for one surgical scar that presumably will heal better than the acne scar. ...Read more

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This is second time I have tropical acne disease. İt's affect on my face chest and back. I'm started gym and I don't want to leave. What should I do?

This is second time I have tropical acne disease. İt's affect on my face chest and back. I'm started gym and I don't want to leave. What should I do?

Serious Rx: Hey Sandy -- I'm glad you're working out and there's no reason to stop. Start topical benzoyl peroxide up to 10% 2x/day or retinoic acid and get with your physician. It's either going to be a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline, or isotretinoin. The latter's not for the faint-hearted but you're tough -- a gym-goer. Best wishes ...Read more

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I have acne that comes only in the sun on chest face and back - is this regular acne or a sun allergy? The acne doesn't go away for two months each ti

Sun and Acne: Acne occurs when excess oil, environmental pollutants and dead skin cells clog the hair follicles in the skin. Bacteria build up in the follicles and cause inflammation, which leads to cysts, whiteheads, pimples and blackheads. Although several prescription medications effectively treat acne, they also cause side effects during periods of sunlight exposure. ...Read more

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How can I treat acne on my back and chest?

How can I treat acne on my back and chest?

Rx: When it is this severe, prescription medicine is the only thing that works. Your physician may consider starting with a combination of topical Clindamycin and either a retinoic acid derivative (likely) or benzoyl peroxide; it's likely it will be necessary to add a systemic antibiotic as tolerated. If the lesions are deep and cystic, dermatologists have the big guns. Good luck. ...Read more

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How to remove bad acne on shoulders, chest and back?

How to remove bad acne on shoulders, chest and back?

Real Rx: You can't do it on your own, and home remedies and topical benzoyl peroxide probably won't touch it. Your physician can probably clear you in about two weeks with a systemic antibiotic that's right for you, perhaps tetracycline 500 2x/day. If this fails and you're offered isotretinoin, accept it. ...Read more

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What is the beat solution for severe back, chest, and facial acne (w&b heads). Body washes, o.T.C medications etc. Note: salyitic acid makes it worse.

What is the beat solution for severe back, chest, and facial acne (w&b heads). Body washes, o.T.C medications etc. Note: salyitic acid makes it worse.

Prescription Rx: Acne on the trunk usually doesn't clear with any topical medication. You characterize it as severe, and your personal physician may either try a systemic antibiotic plus perhaps a topical retinoic acid derivative, or refer you for Isotretinoin treatment. The latter is not for the faint-hearted but is remarkably effective. ...Read more

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I have sever back acne I mean backne on my back. What is the best treatment for this?

I have sever back acne I mean backne on my back. What is the best treatment for this?

Serious Rx: In addition to a good topical agent such as benzoyl peroxide and/or retinoic acid, you'll need at least some systemic therapy, perhaps with tetracycline. Alternatively, this may be time for you to consider isotretinoin. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Why I have persistent acne and pimples on my back? Suggest some medicine or treatment.

Why I have persistent acne and pimples on my back? Suggest some medicine or treatment.

Try OTC first: Try over the counter medications first. Salicylic acid is the main ingredient in most anti-acne medications and can be used daily on affected areas. If this does not work, the next step would be benzoyl peroxide wash. Just make sure to look at the ingredients label on products at the store. If your acne is more severe or does not improve, consider a trip to your doctor for stronger medication. ...Read more

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Any ideas why is it that I have a lot of acne on my chest and back and so little on my face?

Any ideas why is it that I have a lot of acne on my chest and back and so little on my face?

What I can tell you: You need to do something about this. Acne on the trunk seldom responds well to anything short of systemic prescription medication. It's a serious personal and professional liability that you will need to manage with a scientific physician's help until it self-cures as you get older. Pick up the phone now and schedule an appointment, and begin or continue using topical benzoyl peroxide. ...Read more

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Are dark brown spots on back and chest caused by acne for 6 years permanent or can they be removed?

Will face eventually: These often take several years to fade. I hope your acne is being managed; especially when it is on the trunk, it usually requires systemic treatment. ...Read more

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I have acne on my back, shoulders and chest. My dermatologist prescribed me ketonazole. Is it the right diagnosis?

I have acne on my back, shoulders and chest. My dermatologist prescribed me ketonazole. Is it the right diagnosis?

Talk to your doctor: Ketonazole is not an acne treatment. But your doctor may have given it to you for another reason. I suggest going back to your doctor to discuss it.

In general, acne on the body requires oral medications as it is difficult to treat such a large area with creams. ...Read more

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I have acne on my face, shoulders, back, and chest. It's starting to go away but is there a way to speed this up?

Serious Rx: Acne on the trunk usually requires systemic treatment. Get with your physician. One good regimen is topical benzoyl peroxide plus a systemic tetracycline. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what can I do to get rid of acne on my chest and shoulder/back? What's something that will work fast?

Can anyone tell me what can I do to get rid of acne on my chest and shoulder/back? What's something that will work fast?

This is serious: You're going to need prescription-strength Rx. No 'pop' or over-the-counter medications will work adequately. Get with your personal physician. And it won't be easy, pleasant, or fast. But there are medications that will work, and in the 21st century, you owe it to yourself to be clear of this chronic but manageable, non-lifestyle-related disease. ...Read more

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I have some acne spread around my body on my back, chest and face I have it mild. I need help to get rid of it. What to do?

I have some acne spread around my body on my back, chest and face I have it mild. I need help to get rid of it. What to do?

Need to get seen: Acne on the trunk won't respond well to topical treatments alone. Your physician may try topical benzoyl peroxide plus oral tetracycline, or (if you're a she) the oral contraceptive pill may clear you, or any of a number of other regimens may work. Acne's always manageable, and eventually self-cures. ...Read more

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I'm a 17y/o boy with a lot of acne all over my face and chest including shoulders and back. How to get rid of it at least partiallly?

I'm a 17y/o boy with a lot of acne all over my face and chest including shoulders and back. How to get rid of it at least partiallly?

A dermatologist is: The best type of doc to see for acne. He/she will help you w/an exam, medicine, and hopefully education on the best type of diet. We all go through it and it's no fun. Keep yourself clean and be good to yourself and others. That's so much more important than complexion yet I respect the fact that this bothers you now. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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