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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A common skin condition that causes red or white raised pimples, especially on the face, chest and back. Caused when the sebaceous glands in the skin ...Read more


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Can you tell me how to treat specific types of acne on different parts of my face?

Can you tell me how to treat specific types of acne on different parts of my face?

Scientific Rx: If you have the luxury of several over-the-counter acne medications, then you can experiment with using the retinoic-acid based medication where you have the blackheads, and the salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide where you have the whiteheads. More seriously, if you're not clear in two weeks, get with your personal physician. ...Read more

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What are some ways to treat dead skin and acne?

What are some ways to treat dead skin and acne?

Gentle exfoliation: a couple of times a week can help to remove dead skin & to prevent pores from plugging up. ...Read more

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What causes pimples in the back? And how to treat them?

What causes pimples in the back? And how to treat them?

Acne: Pimples on the back are usually related to acne . Acne comes as a result of over active oil glands , excessive dead skin cells with proliferation of a certain bacteria on the skin leading to blockage of skin pores leading to black heads and pimples. ...Read more

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What are some recommendations on how to prevent pimples?

What are some recommendations on how to prevent pimples?

Start with OTC's: First avoid the use of oil based products on face be they make -up, moisturizers or sun screen. Try otc acne medications that contain benzoyl peroxide, if you are not allergic to it as your first treatment option. If not effective visit a dermatologist for more aggressive treatment options. ...Read more

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What are some tips for how to treat back acne?

What are some tips for how to treat back acne?

Acne Therapy: Acne treatments work by reducing oil production, speeding up skin cell turnover, fighting bacterial infection, reducing the inflammation or doing all four. With most prescription acne treatments, you may not see results for four to eight weeks, and your skin may get worse before it gets better. There are topicals like ziana and epiduo and oral medication like solodyn (minocycline). See your dermatologist. ...Read more

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What are the causes of moles on the skin and how to get rid of them without surgery?

What are the causes of moles on the skin and how to get rid of them without surgery?

Surgery: Moles appear when the cells that give the skin color, melanocytes, grow in clusters. They are usually thick into the dermis, so the only way to remove them is surgically. ...Read more

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How to treat and prevent pimples?

How to treat and prevent pimples?

Acne: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day ; use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider otc products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). Retinoids/ comedone extractor can be helpful for black heads. If > mild acne see dermatology. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of facial scarring after acne and how can I address them effectively?

What are the symptoms of facial scarring after acne and how can I address them effectively?

Cystic acne: Cystic acne can leave bad scarring. Main reason to treat acne is to prevent or to have less scarring. You can take an antibiotics and have a laser treatment. ...Read more

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What are the causes of acne and how to treat acne with natural remedies?

What are the causes of acne and how to treat acne with natural remedies?

Scientific Rx: Acne's not lifestyle or hygiene related. The remedies that a scientific physician uses (and they work) are based either on vitamin a analogues or nature's gift -- antibiotics. Please get with your physician. ...Read more

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How to get rid of redness where acne and pimples used to be?

How to get rid of redness where acne and pimples used to be?

Inflammation: If your acne/pimples were recent and they're just now going away after treatment, you may just still have some inflammation from your body trying to fight off the cause of the pimple in the first place...Bacteria. It may however be possible to use a topical steroid to reduce the inflammation, like Hydrocortisone which you can get over the counter. ...Read more

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What are some good acne treatments to get rid of pimples and keep them away?

What are some good acne treatments to get rid of pimples and keep them away?

Lots: Treating acne is one thing but keeping them away requires patience and time. They are lots of good treatments available but what works for one person, may not work for another. As a result, it is better to be followed up by a doctor who will tailor your regimen to whatever will work for you. ...Read more

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What are blood bumps and how to get rid of them ?

What are blood bumps and how to get rid of them ?

If you are : Talking about telangiectasia, these are superficial dilated blood vessels that are benign and it's best to leave them alone. They are harmless and may be congenital, effects of sun damage , aging and steroid use, part of acne rosacea, etc http://www.Skinsight.Com/adult/telangiectasia. ...Read more

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How to remove big pimples on the back and what are ways to prevent it?

How to remove big pimples on the back and what are ways to prevent it?

If large then: it is likely cystic acne and should be treated by a dermatologist to avoid complications such as infection and worsening scarring, Prevention is not possible but minimizing the impact with monitoring by a dermatologist will give the best results ...Read more

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How are strechmarks formed .. And how to get rid of them?

How are strechmarks formed .. And how to get rid of them?

Nothing: Stretch marks are tears in the skin cause by weight gain. They can be covered up, but not improved by creams and lotions. The only possibly effective therapy is cosmetic plastic surgery, but that's a big step for a non-health and non-life threatening problem. ...Read more

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What can I do to get rid of these pimples and acne quick?

What can I do to get rid of these pimples and acne quick?

Acne: Don't wash your face with body soap. Also don't use alcohol or comedogenic products on your face. Try to find an acne wash system like neutrogena, pangea organics or something with benzoyl peroxide. Following low sodium diet might help too, since acne-causing bacteria like salt. You can try to prevent spreading bacteria onto your face by not touching your face, washing your phone, etc. ...Read more

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What are the causes of hemorrhoids and how do they treat them?

What are the causes of hemorrhoids and how do they treat them?

Veins: Hemorrhoids are normal veins in the anal canal. They can become inflamed or enlarged with constipation or prolonged and repeated straining to have a bowel movement. Treated at home by avoiding constipation, drink plenty of liquids, eat more fiber (fruits, vegetables, metamucil), avoid junk foods. See a surgeon if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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How to prevent pimples or acne (facial)? What are the remedies to be used in order to prevent pimples /acne?

Easy to Rx: For maintenance while you're pimple-free, often an oral antibiotic such as tetracycline or Erythromycin in a low dose is sufficient. Personal hygiene has nothing to do with acne, and no home remedy works. Your physician may offer you a topical medication instead or in addition. ...Read more

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How to treat a pimple?

How to treat a pimple?

Gels/creams for acne: For treatment of acne pimples, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel/cream is helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel/cream. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or differin (adapalene) gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral contraceptives (for women) and oral antibiotics are options also. If acne pimples are severe, a dermatologist may prescribe accutane. ...Read more

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I have a pimple on my arm . How to treat it ?

I have a pimple on my arm . How to treat it ?

Ignore it: If it is a simple pimple it will resolve. If it is tender and/or enlarging then have it checked. ...Read more

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How to treat a pimple mark?

How to treat a pimple mark?

Topical retinoids: help the mark heal without scarring. If it is brown you may need to use lightening agent. See derm if not all clear in a month for prescription strength retinoids, and laser if necessary ...Read more

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How to treat pimples so fast?

How to treat pimples so fast?

Not fast.: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day ; use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider otc products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). Retinoids/ comedone extractor can be helpful for black heads. If > mild acne see dermatology. ...Read more

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How to treat pimples in 2-3 weeks?

How to treat pimples in 2-3 weeks?

Scientific Rx: If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physicain who will add prescription-strength medication. ...Read more

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How to treat pimples for a11 year boy?

How to treat pimples for a11 year boy?

Just keep them : Clean. Wash with water and antibacterial soap. Or any otc neutrogena. Averno. Eucerin facial wash for acne . Unless it is pustular or severe comedonal acne, then he needs to see a dermatologist or his physician for prescriptions. ...Read more

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How to treat for pimples..and back marks?

How to treat for pimples..and back marks?

Manage your acne: You're a grown man now, Aswin, and even if your acne has been neglected until now, this is no longer something you have to accept. It's a major personal and professional liability. Topical benzoyl peroxide now as tolerable. If it's active on your back, you'll also need prescription strength Rx for at least a time. Depressed scars need specialist Rx if you want it; don't try to hide healing lesions ...Read more

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How to treat cluster pimples in same area?

How to treat cluster pimples in same area?

See below: Need more information as the type of pimple (vesicle, pustule, etc.) will determine the treatment. ...Read more

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How to treat pimples and never get them again?

Forgive my frankness: This isn't going to happen. Acne is a serious, chronic disease that will eventually remit on its own. Until then, you're going to have to manage it. Topical benzoyl peroxide is your best friend. Use it as tolerated, and if you are not clear in two weeks, or it's on your trunk, get with your personal physician. If you are offered isotretinoin, consider accepting -- it's not for the faint-hearted. ...Read more

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How to treat and prevent pimples?

Acne: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day ; use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider otc products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). Retinoids/ comedone extractor can be helpful for black heads. If > mild acne see dermatology. ...Read more

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How to treat blackheads/whiteheads?

How to treat blackheads/whiteheads?

Acne tx: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day & use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider OTC products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). Retinoids/ comedone extractor can be helpful for black heads. If > mild acne see dermatology. ...Read more

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How to treat leg pimples?

How to treat leg pimples?

Folliculitis ?: Keep area clean and dry. If not resolved seek medical eval. ...Read more

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How to treat a pimple problem for men?

How to treat a pimple problem for men?

See your doctor: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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How to treat a painful pimple in ones virginal area?

How to treat a painful pimple in ones virginal area?

Vaginal lesion: Please consult your GP for an examination of the pimple so that the correct medication can be dispensed as there are a few different possibilities ...Read more

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How to treat pimples and black mark in face?

How to treat pimples and black mark in face?

PIMPLES ON FACE: THE BEST WAY TO TREAT PIMPLES ON FACE IS TO SEE A DERMATOLOGIST. THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO TREAT PIMPLES. IN DIFFERENT PEOPLE, ACNE IS DIFFERENT. AS STARTERS, I BELIEVE DIET PLAYS A BIG ROLE. MY DIET FOR ACNE IS: NO NUTS OF ANY KIND NO PEANUT BUTTER. NO CHOCOLATE. CUT DOWN ON DAIRY PRODUCTS. USE ANY OVER THE COUNTER BENZOYL PEROXIDE CREAM OR GEL. BEST LUCK. ...Read more

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What causes pimples in the back? And how to treat them?

Acne: Pimples on the back are usually related to acne . Acne comes as a result of over active oil glands , excessive dead skin cells with proliferation of a certain bacteria on the skin leading to blockage of skin pores leading to black heads and pimples. ...Read more

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How to treat swollen sore pimples ?

How to treat swollen sore pimples ?

Don't pick!: The first answer to care of swollen, sore pimples is to not pick or manipulate them in any way. Keep them clean and dry. You may apply an over the counter medicine that contains benzoyl peroxide, 5-10%, and give it time to heal. If you continue to have breakouts with swollen tender acne, see your doctor for evaluation and prescription treatment. ...Read more

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How to treat keratosis pilaris and ensure the pimples are gone permanently?

How to treat keratosis pilaris and ensure the pimples are gone permanently?

Out of luck...: Keratosis pilaris is not pimples but is something else, fortunately not serious. There is no cure but this condition often gets better and worse on its own and even varies with the weather. Using a good moisturizer and avoiding drying soaps can help. A special type of moisturizer called a keratolytic can be especially helpful. ...Read more

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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more


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Facial Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more