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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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Does benzoyl peroxide counteract tretinoin gel?

Does benzoyl peroxide counteract tretinoin gel?

No: No. They are often used together to treat acne, though may cause skin dryness and discomfort. ...Read more

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Can using a salicylic acid face wash and prescription topical acne medication cause acne breakouts?

Can using a salicylic acid face wash and prescription topical acne medication cause acne breakouts?

It can exacerbate sx: It is possible that topic treatment can exacerbate sx. Cleaning up your diet, removing junk and fatty foods, increase water intake, and adding probiotics as well as cleaning up any stool pbms . Rosacea is actually caused by a little bug and requires specif treatment, dermatology consult indicated. ...Read more

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Differin (adapalene) or dalacin t gel for acne and acne scars ?!

Differin (adapalene) or dalacin t gel for acne and acne scars ?!

Two different meds: Differen is a lower strength retinoid comparable to retin a (tretinoin) that may decrease oil gland activity among many other effects. Dalacin t is a topical antibiotic containing Clindamycin and similar to the older Cleocin t. Both can actually be used for acne breakouts, if prescribed and supervised by a qualified physician. ...Read more

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Are these acne treatment medications (benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) gel and differin cream 0.1%) effective?

Are these acne treatment medications (benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) gel and differin cream 0.1%) effective?

Acne: Both can be effective, although through different actions. Benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) is more effective with acne causing bacteria. Differing is a retinoid. Uses in conjunction, they can be very effective. But, it's all trial and error. ...Read more

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Can benzoyl peroxide clear acne scars?

Can benzoyl peroxide clear acne scars?

Benzoyl & acne scar: No - benzoyl peroxide will treat acne and help prevent worsening pustules and inflammation by helping to kill the bacteria causing acne. However, it won't have any effect on the scars you may get from aggressively picking or popping "zits" There are facial scrubs that may lessen the appearance of scars but a physician trained in skin peels would be needed for deep scars ...Read more

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Does benzoyl erythromycin gel help acne pock marks?

Does benzoyl erythromycin gel help acne pock marks?

No: It's okay for keeping the acute lesions under control. I'm sorry you didn't get proper treatment when you developed your scarring. A dermatologist can make them less visible if you wish. ...Read more

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Could finacea gel cream work for acne prone skin?

Could finacea gel cream work for acne prone skin?

Acne Rosacea: Finacea is a topical gel containing azelaic acid, a naturally occurring acid. Azelaic acid helps the skin to renew itself more quickly and therefore reduces pimple and blackhead formation. It also helps to kill the bacteria that cause acne and rosacea. ...Read more

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Does benzac (benzoyl peroxide) acne gel actually work?

Does benzac (benzoyl peroxide) acne gel actually work?

Benzoyl peroxide: This is your basic topical treatment. It will clear maybe half of cases of acne. If this is not sufficient, get with your physician who can add something that will. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Benzoyl peroxide for acne?

Benzoyl peroxide for acne?

Great choice!: Benzoyl peroxide is a great choice for acne. Use the cream if you have dry skin or the gel if your skin is oily. Don't use too much because it can irritate the 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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Side effects from using differin (adapalene) & clindamycin phosphate for acne?

Side effects from using differin (adapalene) & clindamycin phosphate for acne?

Not much.: Most commonly feel dry, irrtating and itchy and see peeling, but not everybody. I would not categorize them as side effects. They are natural consequences of using the medicines. ...Read more

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Is retin a (tretinoin) cream is works better for acne scars on face?

Is retin a (tretinoin) cream is works better for acne scars on face?

Not for scars: I'm sorry your acne was neglected and you ended up with scars. Nothing you can apply will touch them. If you want them less visible, a plastic surgeon or dermatologist can do laser, filler, or microsurgery. Several Hollywood male stars have kept their scars for "tough guy" roles, and depending on your self-concept, they may be a plus. ...Read more

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Topical treatment for acne scars?

Topical treatment for acne scars?

Fading creams: The gold standard for lightening dark marks is hydroquinone. You can purchase fading creams that contain 2-3% hydroquinone without a prescription (ambi, atra, porcelana, nadinola, to name a few). You should also be careful to protect your skin with sunscreen, as sun will make dark marks darker. Stronger prescription fading creams and chemical peels exist. Pitted scars require laser resurfacing. ...Read more

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Which works better with tretinoin, topical erythromycin or benzoyl peroxide?

Which works better with tretinoin, topical erythromycin or benzoyl peroxide?

Either should help: My usual sequence is to try benzoyl peroxide, then topical antibiotics (erythromycin is a good one), then topical tretinoin (they can be used in combination or separately). The tretinoin and benzoyl willl both dry your skin out. It depends on how severe your acne is and how sensitive your skin is. ...Read more

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How to get rid of inflammation caused by acne medications ( tretinoin ) ?

How to get rid of inflammation caused by acne medications ( tretinoin ) ?

Space Dosing: Taking the recommmended every day pea sized amount to an every other day pea sized amount is helpful. If you are using more than a "pea" sized amount, then reduce accordingly! Be sure to wear sunscreen and avoid the sun, also! best of luck! ...Read more

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Can I use mebo cream on inflmmation caused by acne medications they are like red blotches on my forehead that don't go away on their own ?

Can I use mebo cream on inflmmation caused by acne medications they are like red blotches on my forehead that don't go away on their own ?

NO: This is a natural burn medication- not used for acne. Call your dermatologist: http://www.moh.gov.my/attachments/8120.pdf ...Read more

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Does tretinoin fade post acne marks doctors?

Maybe: Tretinoin may improve scarring, but only because it improves skin cell shedding and speeds the growth cycle. ...Read more

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Can retin a (tretinoin) really work for acne?

Can retin a (tretinoin) really work for acne?

ACNE: Retin a (tretinoin) works for acne by drying up the comedones and later peeling off the skin making it smooth. Exposure to sunlight is a no no because of photosensetivity. ...Read more

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How does Retin A (tretinoin) 0.025 help treat acne?

How does Retin A (tretinoin) 0.025 help treat acne?

Tricky: It will help give you smoother skin with more uniform color, but will take 3 months to get there. Then continue to use it. At first it may be irritating so you might need to skip some nights, but in a few weeks you will want to apply it every night. If the acne is more severe or if result is not satisfactory, there are more potent forms. You can also take spironolactone pills. Retin A (tretinoin) causes more ...Read more

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How long would retin a (tretinoin) take to clear acne?

Acne: Most acne treatments, including retin a, (tretinoin) take a minimum of 2 weeks to start working and more likely 6-8 for better effect. Most studies looking at effectiveness of acne medicines look at the skin after 12 weeks. Unfortunately not overnight like most teens would like. ...Read more

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What type of acne is retin A (tretinoin) indicated for ?

What type of acne is retin A (tretinoin) indicated for ?

Retin A (tretinoin): is used to treat comedonal mild inflammatory and moderate inflammatory acne. other treatments are added to it as the acne worsens. ...Read more

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What's better for acne tretinoin or Tazorac (tazarotene). ?

What's better for acne tretinoin  or Tazorac (tazarotene). ?

Acne: they are both excellent formulations, each a little different ...Read more

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How long does it take for tretinoin to fade post acne dark marks ?

Months is common.: This is better a question directed to your dermatologist. Because there are so many different skin types there is not one simple answer to your question. Darker skinned individuals seem to require longer time for the hyperpigmentation to fade. Also, exposure to sun can delay fading as well without companion use of an appropriate sun blocker. Speak to the doctor that gave you the tretinoin. ...Read more

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Can I use adapelene and tretinoin as an alternative day therapy for acne on my back?

Can I use adapelene and tretinoin as an alternative day therapy for acne on my back?

You can: But why would you use 2 meds that do the same thing? Pick the one that is least expensive and stick with that after you use up all the other one. ...Read more

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Is it good if I use tretinoin at night and bha during the day to reduce blackhead and acne?

Is it good if I use tretinoin at night and bha during the day to reduce blackhead and acne?

Yes.: Both the tretinoin and the beta-hydroxy acid are terrific for comedonal or non-inflammatory acne, which is what blackheads and whiteheads are. They both help to turn over the skin more rapidly and exfoliate that skin. If you are still having problems after using these great products for 6-12 weeks, consider seeking additional help from a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Hello, I have a 0.025 % tretinoin gel that was prescribed to me two years ago for my acne. It expired 01/2015. Can it still be used? Safe?

Hello, I have a 0.025 % tretinoin gel that was prescribed to me two years ago for my acne. It expired 01/2015. Can it still be used? Safe?

Simple answer is no: medications breakdown over time sometimes they could potentially be good long after their expiration date but you can never be sure, so the safest thing to do is to never use medication after its expiration date. ...Read more

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I've had 3 hard pimples on my nose for 3 years now. I've tried Ice and toothpaste and other acne medications but nothing helped. Please help me ?

I've had 3 hard pimples on my nose for 3 years now. I've tried Ice and toothpaste and other acne medications but nothing helped. Please help me ?

See Dermatologist: See a skin doctor or dermatologist to get an accurate diagnosis. They may be cystic acne lesions and need prescription medication or not acne lesions at all.
It all starts with a doctor visit . ...Read more

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I had acne problem and i'am using tretinoin gel for more than 2 weeks.Due to that my skin has become darker and dry.Suggest a cure to this please?

I had acne problem and i'am using tretinoin gel for more than 2 weeks.Due to that my skin has become darker and dry.Suggest a cure to this please?

Common problem: It is common for skin to get dry and irritated when beginning tretinoin. This usually improves on its own over time as your skin gets accustomed to it. Ask your doctor about decreasing your dose. Use a cleanser that won’t dry your skin (doesn’t foam or suds.) topical vitamin c (anti-inflammatory) will help. Moisturizers may help, too. ...Read more

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I've gotten a bad acne flair up on the back of my neck. Using Tretinoin from a previous Dr. suggestion but it is having no effect. Any suggestions?

I've gotten a bad acne flair up on the back of my neck. Using Tretinoin from a previous Dr. suggestion but it is having no effect. Any suggestions?

Look at hair product: One possible trigger is the methyl paraben additive that some hair products have as a stabilizer. Sometimes this additive is associated with acne breakouts. Since the suds/debris drains down your shoulders and back, local contact reaction may be an issue. If you are using one with the additive, try finding one without. ...Read more

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