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how to remove pimples?

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Dr. Garrett Caldwell
Dr. Garrett Caldwellanswered
Family Medicine 9 years experience
Pimples: Typically you should not "pop" your pimples. This allows bacteria to enter the break in the skin and increase chances of infection. If you must pop a pimple, sterilized the area with rubbing alcohol, lance the pimple at the base with a sterile needle and push out the pus. Cover the area with a bandage and possibly neosporin to prevent infection. Agree! garrett - good advice!
Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Acne: First, use a good moisturizing soap like neutragena twice a day, everyday. Then, you can try benzoyl peroxide for just the pimples. You may need a prescription from your dr for a topical solution such as Erythromycin 2% use after the face washes.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Meaning acne?: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel/cream is quite helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel/cream such as Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) gel. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or Differin gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral antibiotics such as tetracycline can be used also. If acne is quite severe, a dermatologist might use oral Accutane.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Acne.: To really need two things. First, a drying agent like benzoyl peroxide, which should only be used when you're out of the sun. Second, an antibiotic. Pimples contain bacteria, and eradication is helped along by including an antibiotic in your regimen. Clindamycin or Erythromycin creams would work fine.
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Pimple: Do not pop!. This can cause infection and make it worse. Warm compress to pimple till is erupts. Keep skin clean.. The OTC products (clearsil etc.) do help. Reduce sugar in diet and consider trying fish oil tablet or flaxseed.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Meaning acne?: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel/cream is quite helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel/cream such as Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) gel. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or Differin gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral antibiotics such as tetracycline can be used also. If acne is quite severe, a dermatologist might use oral Accutane.
Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener
Dermatology 9 years experience
Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'.
Dr. Daniel Saurborn
Diagnostic Radiology 23 years experience
Acne Troubles: Acne is the great esteem crusher of adolescence. You can usually keep it under control with gentle facial cleanser, 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, and light facial moisturizer. If these fail, a dermatologist could prescribe antibiotics, topical retinoids, or Accutane as a last resort. If you would like more personalized advice, click the Send Message button at healthtap.com/saurbornmd

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Scientifically: If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. Acne can't be cured but will eventually remit on its own. Until then, you must manage it as a chronic illness.
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Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scientific Rx: Two weeks trial of topical benzoyl peroxide alone. This clears most mild acne. If not clear, physician's office visit. Options may include topical retinoic acid derivative, topical clindamycin, the oral contraceptive pill for a woman who can take it, and/or an appropriate systemic antibiotic right for the patient. Tough cases referred for isotretinoin. Manage as a chronic disease. Good luck.
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Does colgate remove pimples?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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No, use of : Colgate on skin may irritate it and cause pain.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Forgive my frankness: You're a twelve year old male. Acne is a serious, chronic, incurable disease that needs to be managed scientifically. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, phone your personal physician and ask about an appointment for prescription-strength rx. 'natural remedies' work poorly for acne and almost all other serious illnesses ; the sooner you discard superstition, the better.

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