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Richard N Rudnicki, DO
(972) 289-2233
2856 N Galloway Ave
Mesquite, TX
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Philadelphia Coll Of Osteo Med, Philadelphia Pa 19131
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: Medical City Hospital, Dallas, Tx; Lake Pointe Med Ctr, Rowlett, Tx
Group Practice: Mesquite Dermatology

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Lisa Anne Garner, MD
(972) 271-4141
3310 Broadway Blvd
Garland, TX
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: Parkland Mem Hosp, Dallas, Tx
Group Practice: Dolan & Garner

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Lisa A Garner
(972) 271-4141
3310 Broadway Blvd
Garland, TX
Specialty
Dermatology

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Nicole Prevo Kageyama, MD
(214) 638-2222
9330 Poppy Dr Ste 503
Dallas, TX
Specialties
Dermatology, Dermatopathology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hi John A Burns Sch Of Med, Honolulu Hi 96822
Graduation Year: 1998

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Susan C Mayse Howsden, MD
(214) 324-2881
9330 Poppy Dr Ste 503
Dallas, TX
Specialties
Dermatology, Dermatopathology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Stanford Univ Sch Of Med, Stanford Ca 94305
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Doctors Hosp, Dallas, Tx
Group Practice: Howsden Dermatology Inc

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Richard N Rudnicki
(972) 289-2233
2856 N Galloway Ave
Mesquite, TX
Specialty
Dermatology

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Dolan, Beth MD - Howsden Dermatology Incorporated
(214) 324-2881
10611 Garland Rd, #113
Dallas, TX
 
Garner, Lisa A MD - Garner Lisa A MD
(972) 271-4141
3310 Broadway Blvd
Garland, TX
 
Howsden, Susan M MD - Howsden Dermatology Incorporated
(214) 324-2881
9330 Poppy Dr, #503
Dallas, TX
 
Elizabeth Tierney Dolan, MD
9330 Poppy Dr
Dallas, TX
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1983

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Suggestions for Acne Treatment?

Q. Do you have any suggestions for the treatment of acne? -Karen

Q. Do you have any suggestions for the treatment of acne? I’ve been researching accutane but am looking for a safer solution. Thank you, Karen

Hi Karen,

Acne is a common problem for many which occurs when oil and sebaceous glands that produce sebum to lubricate the skin get clogged by skin cells. The obstructed gland swells with excess sebum and becomes inflamed and sometimes infected. This results in a variety of appearances from whiteheads, blackheads, papules and pustules, to cysts that are large inflamed pus filled lesions that leave scars. 

The cause of this increase in sebum production is not really known but it’s thought that hormones play a role. For women, the week before menses is a common time of occurrence. High testosterone levels, especially in people who abuse exogenous testosterone, is known to correlate with acne. The use of hair and face products such as make-up that contains vegetable or animal oils will certainly contribute to blocking the oil glands. Medications linked to an increased occurrence of acne include: corticosteroids, androgens, birth control pills, lithium, halogens, isoniazid, phenytoin, and phenobarbitol.

Treatment options begin with the basics, which you have likely already addressed such as keeping the skin free of oils, washing with soap to reduce bacterial counts, and over the counter use of benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

Your doctor will likely recommend antibiotics such as clindamycin or erythromycin to kill bacteria in an attempt to reduce inflammation. If you choose this approach I would recommend the topical varieties so that you avoid a systemic exposure. Antibiotics will kill bacteria in your bowel that are important for immune system to work effectively. Other options like retinoids (Retin-A) are medications derived from vitamin A and work by unclogging pores and reducing inflammation but can cause significant side effects such as peeling, redness and photosensitivity (sun burn).

Accutane is another well known acne treatment but we are not sure exactly how it works. Has great potential to cause birth defects in women.

Food and acne is always a popular discussion but from a scientific aspect there is no evidence that food effects acne, not even chocolate. The one possible exception would be that if you have a food allergy then this can upset your delicate immune balance and play some role. Many people have IgG food sensitivities and are completely unaware. If you have any symptoms such as joint pain, headache, rash, gas, bloating, congestion, cough after eating a particular food then you may have an allergy to that food and should get further evaluation which can be done through a simple blood test. Look at Alletess or Immuno Lab online for more information.

Natural therapies that offer hope:
Zinc has been shown in studies to reduce the effects of acne. Be careful not to take too much as zinc excess can...

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