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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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Can I use oral vitamin a/b5/zinc to reduce acne? I know vitamin a can be toxic in large doses, but Accutane sounds equally toxic at therapeutic doses.

Can I use oral vitamin a/b5/zinc to reduce acne? I know vitamin a can be toxic in large doses, but Accutane sounds equally toxic at therapeutic doses.

Acne therapy: Before using this combination, i would go see a dermatologist. There are many other less toxic alternatives that are very effective. You could also try over-the-counter acne treatments as well. ...Read more

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Can vitamin b5 be an effective treatment for acne on a 13-year-old?

Can vitamin b5 be an effective treatment for acne on a 13-year-old?

Worth a try: It's non-toxic though the doses recommended for acne will involve a lot of pills and nobody's done a real study and there are anecdotes of people getting sick from. Being 13 is hard enough without disfiguring acne, and junior has a right to effective treatment. I begin most folks with topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative, moving to stronger stuff as appropriate. Good luck. ...Read more

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Please advise vitamins that will help hormonal acne, tried oral and topical treatments. Want to go natural route please as problems with others. ?

Please advise vitamins that will help hormonal acne, tried oral and topical treatments. Want to go natural route please as problems with others.  ?

Re-evaluate: The skin reflects health of liver. If hormonal acne take good care of liver by taking good care over all. Eat 6 equal small healthy meals with mostly fresh vegetables and berries, a low glycemic grain like quinoa, and low fat protein like small cooked beans. Lower stress. Vitamin c 500 mg in water to make a paste topically can be helpful. Magnesium may be better than calcium. Epo can help. ...Read more

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Help please? I want to know what are good vitamins and treatments for acne ?

Help please? I want to know what are good vitamins and treatments for acne ?

Serious Rx: Forget vitamins and eat sensibly, but diet's not the key. Try topical benzoyl peroxide as you can tolerate, and if you're not clear in two weeks, get with your personal physician for prescription-strength treatment. Acne can be managed until it self-cures with time. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Best acne treatment?

Best acne treatment?

Options exist: Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon or dematologist to evaluate your personal options. This may include lasers, chemical peels, dermabrasion or prescription skin care. There are many options and you need a regimen tailored to your specific situation and expected results. ...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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Acne treatment for the back?

Acne treatment for the back?

Several types: It really depends on the type of acne and severity of the acne. If is is moderate to severe, oral antibiotics with topical treatments prescribed by a dermatologist is necessary. If it is very severe, Accutane may be necessary. It is is mild, topical prescriptions may help alon. ...Read more

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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