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Doctor insights on: What Are The Causes Of Acne Onset In Woman Over 60 Years Of Age

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Are androgen blockers safe for a woman of 19 years of age with moderate to severe acne?

Are androgen blockers safe for a woman of 19 years of age with moderate to severe acne?

Spironolactone: Spironolactone is used to treat many different disorders, from high blood pressure to fluid retention. Although the U.S. Food and drug administration doesn't recognize spironolactone as an acne treatment, it is often prescribed off-label to treat hormonally influenced breakout in women.
This medication isn't a first line of defense against acne breakouts. It is only effective for hormonal acne. ...Read more

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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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24 year woman. Never had acne. 3 months ago acne appeared (11 pimples) took 100 mg minocycline a day for a month. They went away fast! Stopped 5 days ago and 3 pimples already!! Why? Scared. Causes?

24 year woman. Never had acne. 3 months ago acne appeared (11 pimples) took 100 mg minocycline a day for a month. They went away fast! Stopped 5 days ago and 3 pimples already!! Why? Scared. Causes?

The bacteria!: The bacteria in the pores of your skin which secrete the oil (sebum) are called Corynebacterium Acne. They are killed by drugs in tetracycline class of antibiotics. Minocycline is one such drug taken q12 hrs. And it worked for you. Then you stopped it and it quickly recurred. ...Read more

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20 year old woman with sudden acne breakouts on chin. Pimples have been popping up and persisting for months with no obvious causes (Esp not topical)?

20 year old woman with sudden acne breakouts on chin. Pimples have been popping up and persisting for months with no obvious causes (Esp not topical)?

See below: Please consult this site for effective home care for acne.
http://www. Webmd. Com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-vulgaris-home-treatment
If the treatments given above do not result in resolution of the problem in a month or so, it would be prudent to see a doctor. ...Read more

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At what age does sebum production start to decrease? I'm a 19 year old female and have extremely oily, acne prone and hypersensitive skin

At what age does sebum production start to decrease? I'm a 19 year old female and have extremely oily, acne prone and hypersensitive skin

Can vary: You cannot control who you are. However what you can do is help your skin by getting your acne under control. Try to wash face 3x/day with mild soap. Use OTC topical benzoyl peroxide and if you need more see the Dermatologist. ...Read more

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Age 24, female. I have acne scars on my face. It has almost been a year now. I have been using hydrocortisone ointmnt for a week. I see improve. Is it ok?

Age 24, female. I have acne scars on my face. It has almost been a year now. I have been using hydrocortisone ointmnt for a week. I see improve. Is it ok?

No: Enough for now, kindly see an experienced dermatologist. Using steroids, even hydrocotisone 1%, for extended periods especially on face isn't recommended unless under medical supervision, local side effects are plenty, some are hardly reversible, just be cautious ...Read more

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I am a 45 year old female that is experiencing severe cystic acne on my chin with acne on my forehead. Labs show low testosterone with normal estrogen and progesterone. Will testosterone help or cause more acne.

I am a 45 year old female that is experiencing severe cystic acne on my chin with acne on my forehead. Labs show low testosterone with normal estrogen and progesterone. Will testosterone help or cause more acne.

Typically: Typically testosterone is going to increase not decrease your acne problems. This is why young male teenagers become acne prone during early teen years with puberty. I would suggest meeting with a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon for a full evaluation. Good luck! ...Read more

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I had acne years ago which left me with black or dark spots? I am a black woman. What is going on?

I had acne years ago which left me with black or dark spots? I am a black woman. What is going on?

P.I.H.: Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (pih) is a frequently encountered problem particularly in darker pigmented individuals including african americans or asians. Pih occurs as a result of inflammation to skin. Acne is common inflammatory diseases that results in pih, particularly if one picks at their lesions. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My age is 24 n status is single. I have pocs problem since 2-3 years. M gaining weight, my skin is not so very clear, getting acnes also. Help me out?

My age is 24 n status is single. I have pocs problem since 2-3 years. M gaining weight, my skin is not so very clear, getting acnes also. Help me out?

See a medspa doctor: A medspa doctor can you get started on medications as well as laser skin care to reduce the oil glands (Cool Breeze Laser) and clean out the pores (Isolaz). She can also recommend products to use between visits and discuss medcations you have started for the PCOS which will also help the situation. If the metformin does not adress your weight ask for an appetite suppressnat and a supervised diet. ...Read more

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Could acne last forever cause I'm a woman?

Could acne last forever cause I'm a woman?

Because you're human: I was able to stop taking my acne meds at around age 50. Hang in there. You'll recover eventually and it can be managed. ...Read more

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My Child is 6 years old and it looks like she is getting a form of acne. Is it possible to get acne at 6 years of age?

My Child is 6 years old and it looks like she is getting a form of acne. Is it possible to get acne at 6 years of age?

Unusual!: Acne is common in newborns and adolescents and teens. I would have the child seen by a pediatrician first, sometimes medications and other times hormonal problem can cause acne. First make sure it is not something else. It may not be acne. ...Read more

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Hello doc how to remove acne scart? My age 36 years

Hello doc how to remove acne scart? My age 36 years

Acne Scars: Pulses of laser light coagulate the scar tissue and trigger healthy new tissue to form in the skin. Healing time is minimal; patients may leave the treatment with pinkness or redness in the skin, similar to that of sunburn, and will experience minor and non-painful peeling within three to seven days following the treatment. Get laser treatment for your scars. ...Read more

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I am 27 years and have had acne since the age of 10, I hate my life right now. What can I do?

I am 27 years and have had acne since the age of 10, I hate my life right now. What can I do?

See a dermatologist: Rather than being miserable, do something about the source of your anguish. Take care. ...Read more

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Female. 28 years old. Weigh 110 pounds. Moderate acne. Just got prescribed absorica (isotretinoin) 80mg a day. Is this too high of a dose?

Female. 28 years old. Weigh 110 pounds. Moderate acne. Just got prescribed absorica (isotretinoin) 80mg a day. Is this too high of a dose?

No: But it is not indicated for moderate acne. It is best used for nodulocystic acne. I like to start at 40mg and graduate to 80 mg by incremental steps to improve tolerance. Generally the best therapy for adult female acne is spironolactone with or without a drospirenone birth control pill. OTC Differin gel is also very effective. ...Read more

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Does me having mild-moderate acne longer (ages 14-21. 7 years) mean there's less of a chance I will outgrow it in my mid twenties? I'm a male.

Does me having mild-moderate acne longer (ages 14-21. 7 years) mean there's less of a chance I will outgrow it in my mid twenties? I'm a male.

Acne: No, not necessarily. How long your skin will have frequent breakouts is not possible to predict. Why are you anusol? steroid creams are not a treatment for acne and I don't see any other conditions listed to justify chronic use of this medication. What's important is to treat acne as it occurs to minimize inflammation, scarring and pigmentation. ...Read more

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I'm an 18 year old female and I have a severe acne problem that has been going on for about 3 years or so. What can I do to finally clear them off?

I'm an 18 year old female and I have a severe acne problem that has been going on for about 3 years or so. What can I do to finally clear them off?

Need Rx: If it's severe, a dermatologist's visit is almost certain to help. You may be offered the oral contraceptive pill, a topical such as Clindamycin with retinoic acid, a systemic antibiotic as appropriate, and possibly even some of the big guns that only a dermatologist can use. ...Read more

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I am 23 female having severe acne and acne marks from last few years, every night I get a new acne, how should I treat it and get my face spotless?

A few options: For over the counter methods try using products that have benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alcohol, and acetone. For prescription treatments you may be prescribed antibiotics, retinoids or vitamin a derivatives, azelaic acid, oral contraceptives, or spironolactone. Always ask a dermatologist about the possible affects and the risks vs benefits of each treatment. Make sure it's best for you. ...Read more

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Age 20, male. I have problem of acne, I was treating from years but no result. Actuly I get more acne in winter. Using moisturiser but no result plz help?

Age 20, male. I have problem of acne, I was treating from years but no result. Actuly I get more acne in winter. Using moisturiser but no result plz help?

Acne: The typical treatment for acne is oral antibiotics like Minocin (minocycline) 100mg twice a day and topical medication like Epiduo or Ziana. The most effective treatment for severe cystic acne is Accutane taken for 20 weeks. ...Read more

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I have acne problem last 2 years and my age is 20 year old i, m from pakistan I used many medicine I don, t feel improvement please give me a good tip.

I have acne problem last 2 years and my age is 20 year old i, m from pakistan I used many medicine I don, t feel improvement please give me a good tip.

Scientific Rx: All acne can be managed. Start with topical benzoyl peroxide, if this fails after two weeks your physician may add topical Clindamycin and/or a topical retinoic acid derivative. If this is not enough, a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day clears most guys. Deratologists have the big guns. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am 25 years of age and develop acne out of nowhere on my face, can you please tell me why this is happening?

I am 25 years of age and develop acne out of nowhere on my face, can you please tell me why this is happening?

Hormones: You may be having some hormonal abnormalities that are causing acne problems. I would see your pcp or a dermatologist to help figure this out. There are several ways to treat hormonal acne without birth control pills. It is usually treated somewhat differently than regular teenage acne. ...Read more

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Hello. I am 29 years old female suffering from acne from past one month the acne is mostly occuring on right side of the cheek and the chin. Few days?

Hello. I am 29 years old female suffering from acne from past one month the acne is mostly occuring on right side of the cheek and the chin. Few days?

Acne r.face: Hello ~ recurrences of acne occur for a number of reasons, diet (fatty), hormones, medications, basically anything that increases oils in skin. Look closely to see if u can identify cause. One caveat ROSACEA can look like acne. It might be helpful to see a Dermatologist in this case. Thanks ...Read more

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I am 24 years old. Suddenly I am having acne a lot. And it doesn't stop appearing. I am using minoxidil 5? Can it cause acne?

I am 24 years old. Suddenly I am having acne a lot. And it doesn't stop appearing. I am using minoxidil 5? Can it cause acne?

Not likely: The official monograph from the FDA on minoxidil does not list acne as a side effect. See your doctor to find out if anything else is going on that could be causing it. ...Read more

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What hormone (s) cause acne in males? Please indicate what prescription drugs help, since no topical medications have worked these last 4 years.

What hormone (s) cause acne in males? Please indicate what prescription drugs help, since no topical medications have worked these last 4 years.

Many options.: There are many prescription options for acne - too many to summarize here in 400 characters. A dermatologist will evaluate you and determine which ones will work best in your particular situation. That's why they require a prescription - because a professional has to prescribe them for you. ...Read more

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I am a female, 40's, taking 250 mg of cephalexin for over 5 years 1x daily for cystic acne with probiotic. Should I be concerned with long term use?

I am a female, 40's, taking 250 mg of cephalexin for over 5 years 1x daily for cystic acne with probiotic. Should I be concerned with long term use?

I would: Antibiotics tend to lose effectiveness with time due to bacteria developing resistance to it. You don't mention how effective it's been for you, so more information in that direction may be helpful as well. Probiotic supplement is a must with the use of antibiotic, whether short or long term, but you may ask your derm doc if there are other options available in this day and age. ...Read more

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I am a woman in my 30's with acne. Why is it worse during the time of the month leading up to my menstrual period? What hormones cause this?

I am a woman in my 30's with acne. Why is it worse during the time of the month leading up to my menstrual period? What hormones cause this?

Progesterone: As discussed the shift in Progesterone along with aerogels gave this effect. One treatment option is vitamin b6 which when taken one week prior to period may have positive effect on menstrual flares of acne.Another option is gugulipid, an indian herb which effects cholesterol and trigylerides and has been shown to be safe for acne. ...Read more

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I am a woman in my 30's with acne. Why is it worse during the time of the month leading up to my menstrual period? What hormones cause this?

I am a woman in my 30's with acne. Why is it worse during the time of the month leading up to my menstrual period? What hormones cause this?

Adult acne in women: Very often there is a type of adult acne that women see, especially around the neck and jaw/chin. It may be related to the ration of estrogen to Progesterone that changes during the menses. See a dermatologist for appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Kindly help me regarding cutaneous macular amyloidosis treatmnt. Its spreading...Age 25 yrs. Previous history of acne for many years?

Kindly help me regarding cutaneous macular amyloidosis treatmnt. Its spreading...Age 25 yrs. Previous history of acne for many years?

Skin lesions: The treatment is focused on relieving itch. Sedating antihistamines can be moderately effective. Topical and intralesional steroids may provide some relief if used with other treatments. Other treatments tried include topical dimethyl sulfoxide (dmso) and phototherapy (uvb) or puva).

Surgical treatment to remove amyloid deposits includes laser vaporization, dermabrasion, and excision. ...Read more

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What could cause my shoulders and back to break out in tiny blisters? I know it's not acne and not from sun. Have had for many years and hasn't cleared

What could cause my shoulders and back to break out in tiny blisters? I know it's not acne and not from sun. Have had for many years and hasn't cleared

See your doctor...: Have you discussed this issue you have had for years with your doctor? Without being able to see the rash/area that you are talking about it it impossible to hazard a guess as to the cause. Make an appointment with someone who can see it and actually give you a true diagnosis. Take care. ...Read more

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HELLO SIR. RU FIN. SIR MY QUESTION IS. ACNE ON MY FACE IN ALL SEASON LAST 12 YEARS...NOW MY AGE 26 YEARS OLD. NOW ON MY FACE BLACK AND BROWN PIMPE?

HELLO SIR. RU FIN. SIR MY QUESTION IS. ACNE ON MY FACE IN ALL SEASON LAST 12 YEARS...NOW MY AGE 26 YEARS OLD. NOW ON MY FACE BLACK AND BROWN PIMPE?

Manage it: Start with topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerable. You will probably also need a few months on oral tetracycline. Your physician is your guide. Acne is basically unrelated to diet, fun activities, or hygiene. Ignore all popular advice. ...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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Ihave chronic constipation and acne all over my body. Are they related? And how can I treat it. I'm 25 years old female. 50 kg weight.

Ihave chronic constipation and acne all over my body. Are they related? And how can I treat it. I'm 25 years old female. 50 kg weight.

Possibly: Think of your system as a delivery service that is too slow. The slower the delivery, the harder, drier the stool. Start by clearing out the outlet. Take a good dump or do an enema once to clear the exit. Avoid constipating foods & add fiber or a wetting agent like mirilax. Mark efforts on a calendar. Teach your body to empty no< 2x /d & keep up the efforts for 6m. It should reset your system. ...Read more

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I have had pretty severe acne for four years now (I'm 21). Have tried all antibiotics and topical treatments but nothing helps. Possible causes?

I have had pretty severe acne for four years now (I'm 21). Have tried all antibiotics and topical treatments but nothing helps. Possible causes?

Big guns: I'm going to assume your periods are normal and there's not a major hormonal problem. Antibiotics should never be used alone for acne, and even combined with topical Rx are not always effective. You will never find the cause. The disease eventually remits (mine did at age 50) but until then, you must manage it. If spironolactone and the oral contraceptive pill fail, it's isotretinoin. Be brave. ...Read more

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2 years back I got typhoid along with acne and sudden extreme skin darkening. The darkening still remains and is worse now. What could be the cause?

2 years back I got typhoid along with acne and sudden extreme skin darkening. The darkening still remains and is worse now. What could be the cause?

Skin Darkening: Addison's disease is a skin-darkening disorders in which the adrenal glands don't produce enough of the steroid hormones. It causes brown patches of skin, making a person look suntanned, or it may appear as white patches on the skin. Other causes include: medication, sun damage, melasma, skin irritation, photosensitivity disorders, and others. See your dermatologist for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I took accutane and im 43 weeks off accutane. Would removing 4 years plus mold from my bathroom walls cause me to relapse or break out in acne?

I took accutane and im 43 weeks off accutane. Would removing 4 years plus mold from my bathroom walls cause me to relapse or break out in acne?

Mold exposure: Mold will not make your acne worse. Consider wearing a mask used by construction workers or contractors though to reduce the amount that gets into your lungs. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 14 year old female to have acne on her chest? I am currently using prescription acne medication and have been for 2 years, it has not cleared up.

Is it normal for a 14 year old female to have acne on her chest? I am currently using prescription acne medication and have been for 2 years, it has not cleared up.

Not unusual: Many young people, including girls, develop acne on their chest during puberty. While likely self limited, if it persists, discuss treatment options with your family doctor, or dermatologist. ...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