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If chocolates don't cause acne, how do I find out what is making my face full of zits?

If chocolates don't cause acne, how do I find out what is making my face full of zits?

Don't try: Nobody ever really finds out why they get acne and the next person doesn't. Manage it instead. If topical benzoyl peroxide hasn't cleared you in two weeks, get with your physician who can add prescription-strength rx. ...Read more

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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Is there a way to tell whether the small red/circles on your face caused by alcohol are liver spots or just a zit?

Is there a way to tell whether the small red/circles on your face caused by alcohol are liver spots or just a zit?

Dermatologist: The dermatologist would be best to check your lesions. Facial change from alcohol is in the form of a flush cheek and nose, small spider like blood vessels may appear as we,, Liver spots are often form sun exposure they are present and should be checked. Often round brown flat areas with smoothed edges. Zits will come and go but still se a derm if worried ...Read more

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Which foods cause zits?

Which foods cause zits?

Foods causing acne: The conventional answer is that diet does not contribute to acne. I was taught this but in real life practice I have way too many patients who say that certain foods cause them to breakout. I think there are certain foods that set certain people off, but it is very individual. You have to study yourself and see if you have any patterns, and avoid the foods that set you off. ...Read more

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How can I lsat longer in bed and get zits off my face?

How can I lsat longer in bed and get zits off my face?

Acne Troubles: You can usually keep it under control with a three-step process, done twice a day. First, use a GENTLE cleanser made for the face. Apply 2.5% benzoyl peroxide cream. You MUST start off with a SMALL amount and gradually work up. Finish with light facial moisturizer to stop dryness. If this doesn't help, you should seek dermatologist advice. Question on "lasting longer" already addressed. ...Read more

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I need some help to reduce these horrid zits from my face?

I need some help to reduce these horrid zits from my face?

See the right doc: There are many treatments. Your skin needs to be evaluated to determine if you need topical creams, peels, laser treatments, good skin care supplements. Try benzoyl peroxide, skin cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen. ...Read more

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I once had a flawless face but then when i got 2-3 zits i panicked and tried a bunch of things. Now it's worse, help please?

I once had a flawless face but then when i got 2-3 zits i panicked and tried a bunch of things. Now it's worse, help please?

Keep it simple: 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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Have odd zit on face that suddenly appeared. Painful; if I try to pop it, skin around sinks becomes dark, wont pop. Only one. What is this?

Have odd zit on face that suddenly appeared. Painful; if I try to pop it, skin around sinks becomes dark, wont pop. Only one. What is this?

ZIT: It may not be acne and even if it is you should NEVER pop it. It may be a cherry hemangioma. But since there is no picture, diagnosis based on your description is not possible. Consult your dermatologist and do not manipulate the lesion. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat zits on my face?

What can I do to treat zits on my face?

Acne: First of all, refrain from squeezing them with your fingers as it is liable to cause more infection. Keeping the skin pores clean by washing your face with a mild cleanser in the morning and before going to bed is also important. Exfoliants and/or benzoyl peroxide with or without antibiotics should be used for worse cases. ...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