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About bholber

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  1. Hey guys, I'm not sure if this was posted at all, but a recent article in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (a highly respected clinical research publication) explained that diet does indeed affect acne. While this may not be of new to many readers, it is one of the first times a major publication had a major article expressing the connection. This means two things: More and more dermatologists will be discussing diet with their patients, hopefully improving outcomes With this new
  2. Hey guys, I'm not sure if this was posted at all, but a recent article in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (a highly respected clinical research publication) explained that diet does indeed affect acne. While this may not be of new to many readers, it is one of the first times a major publication had a major article expressing the connection. This means two things: More and more dermatologists will be discussing diet with their patients, hopefully improving outcomes With this new
  3. I don't believe so. To give context to the reader, we have to explain what we do. Online dermatology consults are a novel service; and critically analyzing such a service before understanding it would be pretty tough. Also, the post doesn't focus entirely on the benefits to the patient, but also the benefits to the dermatologist and medical system as a whole. In short, I posted the article on this forum as it is extremely relevant to those with acne. We only treat those in California, wh
  4. Here's a link to the post explaining the benefits that online dermatology consultations have, specifically for acne. Please post any comments, questions, criticism!
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    Tretinoin Gel Personal Log!

    Hi Leoine, I just read over your posts and I'm sorry to hear you've had a crappy experience with tretinoin. I noticed a couple of things I wanted to share with you in case your dermatologist keeps you on tretinoin. The Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne's active ingredient is salicylic acid, which is bad news when combines with tretinoin. Salicylic acid is essentially an exfoliant and one of the effects of tretinoin is to thin out the layers of your skin. If someone exfoliates "thinner" skin the like
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    Sudden Extreme Breakout? [Pics]

    Hey Seraphen, That's quite a bit of comedonal acne. If it's really that irregular for you to breakout like this, my thoughts are that it has to do with the allergic reaction and subsequent Desonide cream. The allergic reaction could have really helped clear your follicles as it seemed to have induced an exfoliant effect (Like a chemical peel). This essentially reset your pores, which was great for a couple weeks. Then you applied the comedogenic Desonide cream all over your face, consistentl
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    Acne Not Getting Better

    Hi enelson96, According to your post, you're taking an oral antibiotic (minocycline), a topical antibiotic (metrogel), a topical retinoid (Retin-A), and an oral contraceptive (birth control). That's a lot of stuff. Here's my take: As you started breaking out more before the antibiotics, either the BC or Retin-A are the culprits for the extra pimples. From my experience, these can both cause this. The BC affects everyone differently and sometimes the sudden hormonal change can cause breakout
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    Huge Red Bump

    Hey bentlloyd, I'd definitely agree with issacNeedsHelp about it being a cystic or nodular lesion. These can have an annoyingly long healing cycle. Essentially what a nodule/cyst is is when the infection in the pore grows large enough that it ruptures the bottom of the follicle, letting white blood cells, plasma and other immuno-response mechanisms rush into your pore. Good news is this is your body fighting the pimple; bad news is that this causes major inflammation and redness (not to ment
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    How Bad Is My Acne?(Photos Inside)

    Hey dpav360, In terms of the severity of your acne, I'd probably classify it as moderate. You have a number of papule and pustules on your face but minimal nodules, which typically classify acne as severe. Isotretinoin should be taken for at least 60-90 days unless some intolerable side-effects appear (if that's the case call your doctor ASAP), so keep at it before you ask for other options. I think it's also worth mentioning that you're on the strongest stuff the medical community has in th
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    Shaving Brush For Skin ?

    Hey Xesro, A shaving brush, like the one pictured, brings a couple of benefits to shaving: As opposed to using your hands to apply shave cream, which can mat hairs down, a brush softens and "fluffs" the hairs making them supple and easier to shave The brush holds a lot of moisture within it, so when applying the shave cream it creates a richer lather...also making shaving easier It can mildly exfoliate your skin before hand to replace applying an oil or lotion before shave cream This is all
  11. Hey PhillyKid, You sound like a pretty good candidate for accutane TBH. You've tried topical retinoids and antibiotics w/o much help and having moderate body acne usually means a systemic (oral) medication is the right call. I agree w/ lizardanne that you should commit to the Epiduo. The initial breakout doesn't happen to everyone, but if it does, it's not as much from the BPO, but from the adapalene (the other active ingredient). This would mean that starting the regimen to fight the in
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    Really Oily Skin?

    Hey evanl, As FearlessFace said, your skin has its own natural mechanisms to regulate its oil. Sometimes this goes awry due to hormones or other genetic factors. Using the BPO in excess can indeed cause your skin to begin producing excess oil to contrast the dryness that the BPO gives you. But since you stopped using the BPO for a couple of months now, and you're still oily, my guess would be, like a.p. said, that this is due to a hormonal change within you. Your best bet to combat this horm
  13. Hi again DreamOfSerene, I'm glad you got to see the derm and that she was open to accutane. The medications she prescribed you, however, may get you clear in a couple of months. Commit yourself to this regimen and if after 8 weeks or so you're still breakout out a lot, go back and explain that to the derm. On the difference between Differin and Epiduo: Differin is the brand name of adapalene. Adapalene is a topical retinoid, which is the same class as Retin-A or tretinoin, but slightly
  14. Hi there DreamOfSerene, I know you've tried a lot of options, but there is something out there to clear your skin, you just need to find it. I think it's worth mentioning that effectively treating your acne means doing the best you can to consistently apply your treatment. It's also harsh on your skin to keep on changing products and medications, so if you can pick one routine and stick to it for 6-10 weeks to see if it's working, that's best. From reading your post, you have 3 main iss
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    Whiteheads On Chin Keep Coming

    Since you have the toothpaste you need, but are still have consistent comedonal acne (whiteheads), Dan's regimen might be perfect for you. BPO is considered a great therapy for comedonal acne. If the whiteheads persist, you should consider visiting an MD to get some topical retinoids, which does wonders for comedones. Good luck and remember that no matter what you decide to use, consistent usage is key. Pick a treatment and use it exactly as instructed. If after 8 weeks, you're not seeing re
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