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What are the different types of acne lesions?

What are the different types of acne lesions?

Yes: Dermatologists classify acne into three types: comedonal (black and whiteheads), inflammatory(pimples), and cystic (deep acne cysts). Comedonal acne responds well to topical treatments (benzoyl peroxide, retina, etc), while inflammatory acne may need a combination of topicals and oral medications. Most patients with cystic acne do best with oral antibiotics or accutane. ...Read more

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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 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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Sir I have different type of acne in my bump so what should remedies I have to follow?

Sir I have different type of acne in my bump so what should remedies I have to follow?

Acne: Treatment of acne depends on the type of acne you have. If you have cysts then oral antibiotics like Monodox or solodyn (minocycline) are effective along with topicals like epiduo or ziana. ...Read more

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I just ordered the acne face wash pronexin but am afraind it will not be strong enouhg for the cystic type lesions I get. Can I adda topical anti-bi?

I just ordered the  acne face wash pronexin but am afraind it will not be strong enouhg for the cystic type lesions I get.  Can I adda topical anti-bi?

Need Rx: Cystic lesions require a physician's supervision (a systemic antibiotic, probably with a combined topical therapy) and generally if they are deep, a dermatologist's (isotretinoin, lasers, more). This is the 21st century and there is no reason that even cystic acne cannot be managed. ...Read more

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Is it okay to use 2 different types of gels for my acne at the same time? Duac once daily gel and differin gel adapalene.

Is it okay to use 2 different types of gels for my acne at the same time? Duac once daily gel and differin gel adapalene.

Yes, with caution: Dermatologists often recommend such a combination especially for severe acne. I say caution because combining these can cause severe dryness. If your skin is very oily, however, it might be just what you need. ...Read more

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What type of birth control should I use? I've tried a bunch of different birth control pills and i've experienced bad side effects. Lack of libido, acne, depression, and yeast infections. Is there a reliable non-hormonal type of birth control? I've had 2

What type of birth control should I use? I've tried a bunch of different birth control pills and i've experienced bad side effects. Lack of libido, acne, depression, and yeast infections. Is there a reliable non-hormonal type of birth control? I've had 2

Non chemical: There are multiple non-pharmacological options, ranging from extreme measures (abstinence, tubal ligation) to more "light" (and however unequally effective or reliable) like condoms or time-based calculations...Usually a combination of them will provide some degree of reliable anti conception. Consult your gyn dr. ...Read more

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Are there different kinds of acne?

Are there different kinds of acne?

Yes and no: Severity, location, and precipitating factors. For example, the bench-press guy with acne only on his upper arms and back can describe it as "acne mechanica". It's all managed on the same principles -- start easy, but use whatever is required. ...Read more

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What type of foods can cause acne?

What type of foods can cause acne?

Dairy,: and now high fatty foods are being linked to acne. but i suggest staying away from high glycemic index foods (sodas, sweets... ...Read more

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Which food types and foods cause acne?

Which food types and foods cause acne?

Milk, simple carbs: Recent research confirms that milk ; high-glycemic (sugary ; starchy foods) significantly worsen acne: http://bit.Ly/1hbmums those following a low-glycemic diet had significant improvements in acne: http://ajcn.Nutrition.Org/content/86/1/107.Full not everyone yet accepts this; chocolate may also be a culprit. For more see http://www.Aad.Org/dw/monthly/2012/acne/diet-and-acne#.Uq12gi0-7oa. ...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