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A 18-year-old male asked:

is it safe to wash my face (to help treat acne) with aloe vera gel that contains 0.50% lidocaine?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: Why not do something for your acne that actually works? Topical benzoyl peroxide's the only over-the-counter that will touch it. A physician can add topical Clindamycin or a retinoic acid derivative. If this isn't successful, a systemic antibiotic or something stronger from a dermatologist. This is the 21st century -- all acne's manageable.
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Yes : Unless your allergici it.

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