Patient discussion about acne

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Q. what is the best treatment for acne vulgaris

A1The best treatment is what helps the SPECIFIC patients - never forget that treatments have their own side effect, so it's not necessarily the best to start with the strongest (but difficult to tolerate) option.

Generally, the widely used treatment for acne that doesn't respond to local treatment is retinoid, which are different forms of Vitamin A. There are several products, and they should require prescription by a doctor. They have side effects, some of them more problematic, and they require the use of contraceptives, but they are very efficient.

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A2Treatment should be directed toward the known pathogenic factors involved in acne. These include follicular hyperproliferation, excess sebum, P acnes, and inflammation. The grade and the severity of the acne help in determining which of the following treatments, alone or in combination, is most appropriate. When a topical or systemic antibiotic is used, it should be used in conjunction with benzoyl peroxide to reduce the emergence of resistance. For the rest of this article:

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Q. Does cow's milk cause acne?

I'm 16 years old guy, and I have acne for several years now. Lately, although I treat it as my dermatologist instructs me, it seems I have more zits, particularly on my face. My friend told it can be because for the last few months ago I've been drinking a cup of milk for breakfast (I almost didn't drink milk at all before that). Is it true? The acne really makes me miserable, and the last thing I want to do is to make it worse. Thanks!!!
A1Regardless of what milk does to your acne, emotional stress can also make it worse, so first of all, try to relax- it'll make feel better and can also make your acne better, so it'll make you feel even better. Try to avoid milk for some time and see what helps you most. No one really proved milk has any influence on acne, so you shouldn't feel like you you're responsible for your acne.
A2No one really find any clear proof that milk does makes acne more sever, but in some researchs it was found that milk caused acne, so this issue is not really clear. You may try to avoid milk and see if it helps you.

Q. I have acne !!!! what can i do? no one looks at me? will it go a way??? i need Answer !!!! Help !

Help !!!! i'm a teenage and i suffer from bad , and i mean , bad Acne !!!! what can i do ? i tried almost everything the pharmacy has to offer and nothing worked , does anyone knows how to deal with bad acne ??? how will i grow through teenage with this ... thing ! someone Help
A1try proactive,a few of my family members use it it works for them.
A2There are many ways to treat acne today. You will need to find out from the many ways that are available, which one suits you the best. The treatment usually involves cleansing of the skin, then steaming it thoroughly to remove the acne as much as possible. The best way to treat acne is to cleanse the skin well, preferably with vinegar, after which you could add a bit moisturizer to the face to prevent it from drying too much.

One of the most tested and tried methods to treat acne are the method using benzoyl peroxide. This solution should be applied to the face in proportion of 5:1 (water : b.p.) daily if possible. If not twice or even once a week would be helpful to treat acne. This solution kills all the bacteria, reduced oil production of the skin and opens the pores making it easier to remove the grime thus accumulated. Hope this helps.
A3there are 2 treatments i know for really bad acne, but they are should be a last resort Photodynamic therapy:

and Isotretinoin: Marketed as Accutane, this drug is the "gold standard" treatment for severe acne, but has extreme side effects:

Q. would bipolar and severe cystic acne have anything to do with the other?

I am 22 years old and was diagnosed with bipolar about 3 1/2 years ago and have been on and off meds since then. Since 5th grade I have dealt with acne. I have had stages where it has cleared up and then come back. For about one year now it has been cystic and now it's worse than it has ever been. It is extrememly painful. What the heck is going on?
Acystic acne is an out come of a sever skin infection. lithium (if this is what your medication you are taking) doesn't known to inflict acne. but it doesn't matter if it's connected or not- ask your Dr. if you can start a treatment in Isotretinoin. it's a very aggressive medication you take for a period of 6-8 months and it has 90% success. but you have to check it has no synergistic affect with your bipolar medication.

Q. how can i maintain my body shape and what kind of exercises i acn always do to attain this? thakn you.

am only interested in body weight,exercises and diet{ideal one}.
Ai think swimming does that best. i'm not a swimming fan but it's the sport that works on all your muscles, the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. and everything in proportion. getting a good nutrition will be needed.

Q. will it ever go???

I have acne on my face for several months, and although I went to see a dermatologist and treat it, I still have these ugly pimples and zits on my face. I feel really ugly and sometimes I don't want to go to school, and just want to stat at my room not let anyone see me. Will it ever go away? What should I do?
A1Acne usually abates and disappears with time, but the chances for that depends on the specific type and features of the disease. If you still suffer from lesions despite treatment, you should consult your dermatologist and seek further help.
A2I'm sorry to hear about your acne. It can be very disturbing, as you feel now, but you should know that most of the acne disappear at some age, usually after the end of puberty.
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