A 38-year-old member asked:
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neosporin cream (neomycin and polymyxin b) on acne - helps decrease scarring?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Can do better: No one needs to have bad acne or acne scarring in this day and age. I start folks on cheap topical Clindamycin which usually works; if that fails, cheap systemic tetracycline (kept mine under control for 25 years). A dermatologist can offer you even more potent retinoic acid-related meds, especially if it's cystic acne. You have a choice.
Answered on Jun 24, 2014

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Dr. Vicki Levine
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No: Neosporin will not help acne. It may even make it worse. It is also a common cause of allergic eruptions -so throw it away.
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Dr. Daniel Careaga
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No problem: Depending on where the laceration is... Keep neosporin out of the eyes and mucous membranes.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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It's okay: No antibiotic is as helpful as cleaning the wound well with soap and water and then keeping it clean. Some people become allergic to the neomycin; yo ... Read More
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Dr. Martin Raff
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Yes: This only comes in a topical form, either ointment or cream and should not be taken any other way. It is a combination of bacitracin, neomycin and po ... Read More

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