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I have a compulsive skin picking problem. I'm getting anxiety treatment for this, but what products are recommended to help torn skin heal faster?

I have a compulsive skin picking problem. I'm getting anxiety treatment for this, but what products are recommended to help torn skin heal faster?

FP or Dermatologist: Please visit your family physician and/or dermatologist about this. They'll be able to see how extensive the damage is, and can recommend the best products for you. If you need antibiotic skin ointments or other things, they will be best able tell you. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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What's recommended as a cure for the skin lesions created by injuries?

What's recommended as a cure for the skin lesions created by injuries?

TLC: Provide tender loving care to damaged skin. Areas that have experienced trauma are best attended to by restoring the normal skin integrity. If the skin is open, torn or cut , it needs to be tended to with appropriate measures such as sutures (if lacerated) and/or topical antibiotics with bandaging. If the skin is swollen or bruised , use ice initially and raised above heart level to help healing. ...Read more

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For faster facial scar healing is it optimal for the skin to be moist or dry? These type of scars are left over after acne.

For faster facial scar healing is it optimal for the skin to be moist or dry? These type of scars are left over after acne.

Moist AND CLEAN.: While dry wounds are less likely to become infected, moist wounds are more likely to heal faster with less scarring if kept clean. ...Read more

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Need some medication for inflamed skin after applying 5% benzoyl peroxide for acne type of skin is sensitive?

Need some medication for inflamed skin after applying 5% benzoyl peroxide for acne type of skin is sensitive?

Several options: Stop using the benzoyl peroxide and get with your physician. You may be able to tolerate salicylic acid or a retinoic acid derivative. For now, aloe vera or a moisturizer should help. There are other medications for acne that are worth trying; remember not to use antibiotics as monotherapy. ...Read more

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How to treat dark scar leftovers of eczema or any other skin disease? Pls suggest products to lighten the dark scars on the skin.

How to treat dark scar leftovers of eczema or any other skin disease? Pls suggest products to lighten the dark scars on the skin.

Numerous options: First avoid any sun exposure with sun block and minimize inflammation or irritation which can produce post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation. Peels and/or bleaching cream containing hydroquinone, retin-a, and triamcinolone are commonly used. If due to increased vasculature, lasers may be useful as well. Silicone gel sheeting and pressure as well as injected steroids may also be lighten/flatten scars. ...Read more

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For how long should I be avoiding sun exposure after dermabrasion? I am aware that dermabrasion may cause some skin irritation. For how long avoiding sun exposure is necessary following the skin smoothing procedure for removal of small dry bumps on my arm

It : It sounds like you are talking about keratosis pilaris. The sun doesn't really play a role in this condition (proper use of sunscreen after microdermabrasion is always a good idea, though). This is, unfortunately, a chronic condition for many people. It does tend to settle a bit with age in many patients. Treatment options include keratolytic agents such as Lactic Acid creams, salicylic acid creams, urea based creams, retinoids (like retin-a), and microdermabrasion. Because microdermabrasion is a bit more expensive, most patients opt for the topical creams. I hope that helps. ...Read more

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How to treat patches of darkened skin left after treatment of skin allergy? Is there cream to even things out?

How to treat patches of darkened skin left after treatment of skin allergy?  Is there cream to even things out?

Pigment control?: Patience and the use of a pigment lightening topical cream will likely be your best option. The daily use of sunscreen on any exposed areas that have darkened will protect and prevent the areas from getting darker. ...Read more

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Please describe a good skin treatment for sun damage?

Please describe a good skin treatment for sun damage?

Solar damaged skin: Solar damage facial: apply 10 mashed blueberries mixed with 1 tbsp plain yogurt to skin x 15”. Rinse. ...Read more

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Can cetaphil help in preventing dark scar marks from occurring from insect bites and other skin rashes?

Can cetaphil help in preventing dark scar marks from occurring from insect bites and other skin rashes?

Won't prevent scar: But it will soften the area and help make it less noticeable. Normal insect bites shouldn't scar unless scratched open if this is a problem too try putting some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream on and covering with band aid. If you are dark pigmented and have dark scars try fade cream but don't use it close to your eyes. ...Read more

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What is a non-surgical treatment of planar warts in shaving area aside from freezing? Iis zyclara effective? Any other cream / organic treatment ?

What is a non-surgical treatment of planar warts in shaving area aside from freezing? Iis zyclara effective? Any other cream / organic treatment ?

Veregen (sinecatechins): I assume you mean genital. Yes zyclara is somewhat effective but there are othe prescription options such as veregen, (sinecatechins) which i prefer over zyclara of the topicals for this. ...Read more

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How can you cure an itchy scalp from radiation treatment?

How can you cure an itchy scalp from radiation treatment?

Some options: Avoidance of heat/cold, prolonged sun exposure, tight clothing to start with. Keeping the scalp moisturised and using a course of steroid creams helps. ...Read more

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Any good remedies to prevent facial scarring from injury?

Any good remedies to prevent facial scarring from injury?

Scar prevention. : After an injury, preventing prominent scars is best accomplished by careful closure of the laceration and treatment of the wound site. Depending on the location, additional procedures like scar excision, scar repositioning, dermabrasion, or laser resurfacing help to camouflage or hide the scar. Avoid sun exposure to prevent additional redness and pigment changes. See also "silicone gel sheeting". ...Read more

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Is skin discoloration due to eczema cause by steroids or long term scratching?How do I remove skin discoloration without hurting my skin?

Steroids: Steroids can cause skin discoloration if you use incorrect potency for certain areas.Darker skin are more prone to have skin discoloration. Be sure to see a doctor to get proper potency cream/ointment for certain areas.Of rash. With long term scratching, your skin can get thickening , may .Leave scar, longer to respond., so try not to scratch if you can.With time, discoloration can get better. ...Read more

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Is there any other treatment for acne without drying or peeling of skin?

Is there any other treatment for acne without drying or peeling of skin?

Not really: Most topicals will cause some skin irritation, because the mode of action is to turn over the skin and exfoliate the skin. Some will cause less irritation than others. You can start with a benzoyl peroxide wash daily ...Read more

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I got 2 doses of fluconazole for yeast infection that caused skin irritation from vulva to anus also on two OTC creams. How long will skin peel/stop?

1-2 wks?: Provided that the fungal infection is the cause for the irritation. We need to know also what kind of OTC creams you are using since some of them may actually irritate your skin further. If the yeast infection is not the cause, your skin will not heal until the actual cause has been taken of. ...Read more

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