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A 41-year-old member asked:

why is it that i breakout in acne on my face from everything i've used?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Start scientific Rx: Acne remedies such as topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated, which is probably your best choice (if many blackheads consider a retinoic acid derivative), may cause an initial flare.Tough it out. If you are not clear in two weeks, no topical agent will clear you and you need to see your personal physician -- or see him/her now if you're frustrated.

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A 18-year-old member asked:

What should you do when acne starts upon your face?

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Dr. Tito Vasquez
Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Acne treatment: Acne can be result of various reasons, such as hormonal, mechanical, or the result of various products. The ingredient, benzoyl peroxide, is the mainstay of acne treatment. But short term and long term results are optimized when you follow a treatment regimen to target all phases of the condition.
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A 18-year-old member asked:

How can I take the redness and acne out of my face?

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Dr. Robert Peppercorn
Dermatology 43 years experience
Facial redness: Redness can be due to sun damage and treated with the q-switched pulsed dye laser. It may also be due to rosacea and improve with oral or surface antibiotic medications.
A 19-year-old member asked:

My face has black point cause of acne! I wanna get it out my face?

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Dr. Barry Resnik
Dermatology 31 years experience
Black dot acne: Those black dots are most likely open comedones, the fancy words for blackheads. These are actually brown, and turn color because enzymes in the skin turn them that color. It is not from being dirty. Gentle washcloth action in the shower, exfoliants like retinol and Retin-A and acne cleanings at your dermatologist's office will help.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Do abrasive face cleaners help or worsen acne?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Worsen: Your face is not a pot -- you should never scrub it. I do not allow my patients to use abrasive facial cleansers for any reason.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
There are more effective options for exfoliation to include in your home-care regimen. Retin-A, Tazorac, Differen, Lytic lotion, Bioclear lotion are a few.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Can you please tell me why it'sthat acne only occurs on certain areas of the face and not others?

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Dr. Sheila Calderon
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Not true: Acne can completelycover the entire face. You may only have it in the t zone due to the distribution of your inflamed oil glands, but many patients have it all over to include the jawline. Under the chin, or the contouring of the face.

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