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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 have small red pimples on penis and i get a pain on tip when i pee is this UTI or something else and can it be treatable?

I have small red pimples on penis and i get a pain on tip when i pee is this UTI or something else and can it be treatable?

See a doctor: Without being able to see these lesions there is no way in which to make a rational diagnosis. You need to go and be evaluated by a professional and treated accordingly. Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes back acne and is it completely treatable? Also, will scars eventually disappear?

What causes back acne and is it completely treatable? Also, will scars eventually disappear?

Treatable: Acne is caused by inheritance, plugging of pores and hormones. It is treatable. See a doctor for treatment options. ...Read more

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My husband has a knot on back of head, almost like pimple, but larger. Best ways to treat this?

My husband has a knot on back of head, almost like pimple, but larger. Best ways to treat this?

See your doctor: Sebacious cysts are often found there and grow. They also may get infected. His doctor can incise and drain it for him. ...Read more

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How to properly treat pimple?

How to properly treat pimple?

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 should I treat a popped pimple?

How should I treat a popped pimple?

TLC: Popping a pimple damages the surrounding skin. Apply warm compresses to get all the pus out, don't scrub it, don't pick at it, let it be. Do apply an anti-bacterial ointment or cream. Avoid direct sunlight or you will pigment the area. ...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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How do I treat pimples?

How do I treat pimples?

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 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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How do you treat pimples?

How do you treat pimples?

See doctor: You can get physician grade products topical to treat. Benzoyl peroxide works, you need moisturizer, exfoliator, and sunscreen and a good facial cleanser. ...Read more

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How can one treat pimples?

How can one treat pimples?

Benzoyl peroxide : Hot compresses and alcohol pads may help, but pimples go away best by preventing them with appropriate medications, benzoyl peroxide is one that is available overrule counter and is quite effective. Keeping skin clean and keeping hands and hair away from face will also help. If this is ineffective, see your doctor for prescription medication. ...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