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Does my face become oily due to pimples?

It's actually the other way around. Oil coming from your pores causes dead skin cells to clump together, blocking the pore. Acne is a blocked or infected pore. When your skin is oily, the oil ...
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What are some ways to stop and prevent acne?

While I cannot comment on the issue of laying on your back causing acne, I hope my answer helps with your concern for prevention. There is some evidence that glycemic index (GI) is related to more ...
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Does my face become oily due to pimples?

Robin got it right, any extra oil, grease, dirt, or other foreign matter will aggravate pimples. I had a moderate acne problem through most of my teenage years, and here are some things I learned: ...
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Is petroleum jelly comedogenic?

You are right that there are conflicting viewpoints about whether or not Vaseline and other types of petroleum jelly, also known as petrolatum, are comedogenic (can cause or worsen acne). There are ...
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Why cannot the body all by itself defeat and eliminate acne?

This is the anatomy of a hair follicle You can see that there is no muscle to control the size of the pore where the hair exits the skin, so there is no way that the body can control normally the ...
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“There is a very strong correlation between consuming dairy products — such as milk — and acne, skin breakouts and aging.”

If the main thrust of the question is indeed expressed in the title and tags of the question: Q “There is a very strong correlation between consuming dairy products — such as milk — and acne, skin ...
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“There is a very strong correlation between consuming dairy products — such as milk — and acne, skin breakouts and aging.”

These are biologically plausible effects supported by moderate quality observational evidence. As a personal aside, I do not believe there is enough evidence for harm to recommend eliminating dairy ...
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Why does acne get worse during the first two weeks of treatment with isotretinoin?

Isotretinoin works by reducing the production of the skin's natural oil (sebum) - Netdoctor UK. The half life of isotretinoin is 10-22 hours (Mortazavis et al., 2014), so it would take about a 5 days ...
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Can using moisturiser make acne worse?

It is absolutely possible for moisturizer to make acne worse. You've probably heard the term "non-comedogenic" in advertisements for various skin products, and that means that the product is not ...
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What causes acne, and how do I get rid of it?

According studies, it's an interaction between genetics and environment. If you parents had acne, you might have. But, overall, diet and stress are big factors for acne : your genetic makes you more ...
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When do you stop Minocycline/Spirnolactone prior to start of Accutane?

This is a very interesting, yet tricky, question. The reason you must stop taking the minocycline is because of the interaction between tetracyclines (minocycline) and vitamin A (Retinoic acid) ...
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Acne underneath skin

Currently, the only real way to "get rid of acne once and for all" is through the use of the prescription medication isotretinoin. It works to reduce sebum production and thusly decreases the ...
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Does aloe vera fade acne scars?

Yes. It is used as a gel. WebMd.com Aloe seems to be able to speed wound healing by improving blood circulation through the area and preventing cell death around a wound. It also appears ...
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100% Witch Hazel or 86% for face?

With out a little more information, I'm not sure I can provide a meaningful answer. In response to comments, I thought I would make it clear that both products are likely the same (double distilled ...
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Any physical benefits to acne? Does the oil keep skin from wrinkling & sagging in the future? Can it prevent razor-burn & dandruff now?

According to this study 1 those of us with oily skin may have less forehead wrinkles.
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Does Mirena IUD help with acne control too? Is it safe to take concurrently with Accutane?

When someone is considering to take 2 drugs both of which can have severe side effects, he/she should discuss this with a doctor, so this part of the question CANNOT be properly answered here. Mirena ...
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Can acne bacteria become resistant to Clindamycin?

Why do you disbelieve the instructions? However, with erythromycin, clindamycin, and tetracyclines, the rate of resistance is associated with point mutations in rRNA (Ross et al., 2001). Mutations ...
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Doesn't the maximum cumulative dosage of isotretinoin contradict the efficacy of multiple courses?

I think you're asking if multiple courses will exceed the maximally recommended cumulative dose of 120-150 mg/kg though that is not steadfast as your reference also says One recent study of 116 ...
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If isotretinoin and oral antibiotics fail, how else can nodular acne be treated with FDA approval?

Most FDA approved agents speak to acne vulgaris, in general, on their approved labelled indications. Nodular severe acne may not be a specifically approved indication but would be included under more ...
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How does reducing the bacterial load enable your immune system to maintain a low enough level of remaining bacteria to avoid clinical symptoms?

First of all, according to D. Tan, that 'antibiotics never completely eradicate a bacterial population' is correct. Here are some proof- Any bacterial species has a characteristic level of ...
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Why bother prescribing oral antibiotics for acne, when C. acnes can't all be killed and will regrow?

Oral antibiotics (traditionally tetracyclines) have been found effective for treating acne for many years. Two major mechanisms inlcude: inhibiting the growth of C. acnes anti-inflammatory effect (...
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Why are multiple courses of isotretinoin necessary to treat acne?

To clarify the block quotes you posted, muscle soreness is a rare negative side effect of isotretinoin. It is believed that the effects of isotretinoin depend on the cumulative dose you have received (...
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How deep into the skin do topical acne medications penetrate?

Cystic acne are often called "severe acne." Treatment of cystic acne usually involves prescribed drugs, so it's a doctor (a dermatologist) who prescribes them. These drugs can have serious side ...
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“There is a very strong correlation between consuming dairy products — such as milk — and acne, skin breakouts and aging.”

Milk is a specialised substance produced by mammals to support development during the infant growth phase. The nutritional content in milk represents a postnatal continuum of the support established ...
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Why doesn't the human body lower sebum production in patients with chronic acne?

Your assumption is incorrect; the body doesn't have that kind of feedback mechanism for sebaceous glands. Feedback mechanisms exist in the body for many processes, but this is not one of them. ...
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How to get rid of acne marks and scars?

The short answer: many therapies can reduce acne scars, but no therapy can get rid of acne scars entirely, so you should talk to a dermatologist about the best option for you. The long answer: ...
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Is my diet affecting my skin?

Your doctor is probably right about it being a hormonal imbalance, but why do you have a hormonal imbalance? That would be a great question for you to ask your doctor. Hormonal imbalances can be ...
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Pimples: Causes and Cures?

According to MNT, A pimple is a small pustule or papule. Pimples are small skin lesions or inflammations of the skin - they develop when sebaceous glands (oil glands) become clogged and infected, ...
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What are some ways to stop and prevent acne?

Pimples on the back can be either acne or staphylococcal folliculitis, that is a bacterial infection of the hair follicles, which can look very similar to acne - some pictures here. Staph folliculitis ...
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