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A 36-year-old male asked:

please share a tip in the form of a haiku on acne.

15 doctor answers25 doctors weighed in
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 28 years experience
If: If you must squeeze a zit, use 2 q-tips and gently press the pimple between the q-tips.
Dr. David Nelson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Use: Use benzyl peroxide after washing your face to dry the oily parts of your face.
Dr. Brenda Latowsky
Dermatology 17 years experience
Benzoyl: Benzoyl peroxide will help most types of acne and is now over the counter.
Dr. Brenda Latowsky
Dermatology 17 years experience
Wash: Wash your face right after working out!
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
.: Wash your face or other parts of the body affected by acne twice a day using only your fingertips.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Always: Always use make-up that says, "non-comedogenic.".
Dr. Lonna Larsh
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Benzoyl: Benzoyl peroxide 5 - 10% topical treatments are the best over the counter medicines for acne.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Learn: Learn your trigger foods.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Over: Over the counter benzoyl peroxide is equal to green tea.
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 47 years experience
Acne: Acne can cause permanent scarring, poor self image, depression and anxiety.
Dr. Jeffrey Hick
Dermatology 13 years experience
Benzoyl: Benzoyl peroxide; can help prevent bad acne; very effective.
Dr. Arlo Miller
Dermatology 15 years experience
If: If you have a few very large lesions, steroid injections can give very quick results.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Benzyol: Benzyol peroxide cream used for acne can bleach towels and clothing. Wash hands carefully after use.
Dr. Robert Bader
Dermatology 27 years experience
Benzoyl: Benzoyl peroxide may be the most effective otc treatment for mild to moderate inflammatory acne.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
No: No substitute for clean skin: regular washing with a cloth!

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How well does the homeopathic "calcarea sulphurica" work on acne?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Anecdotal: The magic of homeopathic remedies -- if they actually are what they are packed as -- comes from the interaction with the homeopathic physician and the caring, unhurried and detailed approach. This is the 21st century, and you'll get more reliable results with a scientific remedy. I start with Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative. Good luck.
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There is no magic in homeopathy -- just a compassionately rigorous process of discerning what the individual patient is suffering, and pairing that with what we know of homeopathic medicines (some 4000+ so far). Then there's the ongoing follow-up and management of the case to make sure things are moving ahead positively (like the rest of medicine). Here's a small (n=60) study of homeopathy used for chronic skin diseases: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17544862
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A 54-year-old male asked:

When I stay home for a while my acne gets worse but when I go out my acne improves why is that?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Sun: Acne is caused by inflammatory reaction to oils in your skin. Sun raises and activates your vitamin d level and this improves the acne. Get out side more.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How can I make my acne less noticeable?

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Dr. Ellen Turner
Dermatology 20 years experience
Green camoflauge: Redness with acne lesions is a common complaint because it is hard to cover with normal concealers. I recommend using a green camoflauge first to neutralize the red color, followed by normal concealer and powder. Physicians' formula makes a good product that can be found in drugstores.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Do you know any permanent acne cures?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Isotretinoin: Isotretinoin. For deep cysts, antibiotics may not be enough. Isotretinoin (amnesteem, claravis, sotret) is a powerful medication available for scarring cystic acne or acne that doesn't respond to other treatments. This medicine is reserved for the most severe forms of acne. It's very effective, but people who take it need close monitoring by a dermatologist because of the side effects.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How can acne be treated?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jennifer Frank
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Many ways: Start with a mild daily cleanser (like cetaphil or dove sensitive skin). You can use benzoyl peroxide, a topical antibiotic or an oral antibiotic. Additionally you can use salicylic acid or glycolic acid. Retinoids (like retin a (tretinoin) or differin) can be used as can Accutane (an oral type or retinoid). Other treatments include blue light therapy or comedone extraction.

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