A 37-year-old male asked:
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please provide some do's and don'ts on overcoming acne.

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Dr. Bradford Romans
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Ignore: Use your treatment religiously for 3 months. If it's not working, then get a different/stronger Rx.
Answered on Aug 5, 2014
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
18 years experience Family Medicine
Ignore: Do take antibiotics for inflammatory cystic acne.
Answered on Mar 27, 2014
Dr. Sophia Yen
24 years experience Pediatrics
Ignore: If you have insurance, go see your doctor. They have good stuff e.g. Tretinoin and doxycycline.
Answered on Oct 8, 2017
Dr. Irving Harper
35 years experience Internal Medicine
Ignore: Adult acne is tricky. Most acne meds geared to teens oily skin, bad choice for adults.
Answered on May 6, 2014
Dr. Alan Anthony
21 years experience Dermatology
Don't: Don't scrub too hard! You will only irritate the skin.
Answered on May 31, 2014
Dr. Liesa Harte
29 years experience Family Medicine
Do: Consume 3,500 mg to 4,000 mg of omega 3 fatty acids each day to help manage your acne.
Answered on Aug 5, 2014
Dr. Michael Fisher
32 years experience Dermatology
Ignore: Carbohydrates with a high glycemic index, which cause glucose and Insulin levels to spike cause acne.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
Dr. Ayyaz Shah
27 years experience Dermatology
Ignore: Dietary restriction of foods in high sugar content and using a ph balanced cleanser to wash.
Answered on Jun 23, 2014
Dr. Susan Arnoult
25 years experience Family Medicine
Ignore: Use ice on swollen, tender cysts, but don't try to pop them.
Answered on Aug 5, 2014
Dr. M. Christine Lee
28 years experience Dermatology
Ignore: Don't pick at acne lesions--this can cause scarring.
Answered on Jul 2, 2014
Dr. Dustin Colegrove
12 years experience Internal Medicine
Ignore: Over the counter medications with benzoyl peroxide are available to help treat this condition.
Answered on Jul 25, 2014
Dr. Glynis Ablon
29 years experience Dermatology
Ignore: Do try OTC benzoyl peroxide and retinol til you can see derm Do not pick Do wear sunscreen with zinc.
Answered on Jul 27, 2014
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
57 years experience Dermatology
Ignore: Different people need different acne treatments. See a dermatologist.
Answered on Mar 7, 2020
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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Do: Do cleanse skin 2-3 times daily with antibacterial soap. Follow with witch hazel. Don't squeeze.
Answered on Jan 18, 2019
Dr. Michael P. Tabibian
32 years experience Dermatology
Ignore: Do NOT pick your acne spots as it can cause scarring Do also wear sunscreen if developing darkspots.
Answered on Mar 11, 2015
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Dr. Brian Clear
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Ignore: Healthy food is a big part of healthy skin. Avoid fatty, processed foods; maintain a healthy weight.
Answered on Feb 3, 2016

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