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how to get rid of acne?

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Dr. Zachary Veres
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Acne: multiple creams and medications can be used to get rid of acne, see your doctor for help
Dr. Jerome Litt
Dermatology 71 years experience
GET RID OF ACNE: THE BEST WAY TO GET RID OF ACNE IS TO SEE A DERMATOLOGIST! THIS IS THE DOCTOR WHO CAN ORDER MEDICATIONS AND GIVE YOU ADVICE. UNTIL YOU CAN SEE ONE, I SUGGEST YOU CUT OUT ALL NUTS, NO CHOCOLATE, AND CUT DOWN ON DAIRY PRODUCTS! BEST LUCK . . .
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Not curable: Acne is unrelated to lifestyle and you cannot get rid of it until it self-cures. What you can do is manage it. I was able to stop using treatment when I was 50. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your physician. He/she will add an antibiotic, spironolactone, the oral contraceptive pill, and/or something that will work. You have full control here. Best wishes.
Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Multiple steps: 1. Wash face with mild soap and water 2-3x/day 2. Apply benzoyl peroxide nightly 3. Add or replace with tretinoin topically if benzoyl not working 4. Add topical clindamycin if tretinoin not working 5. Add oral abx if acne spread all over the body (not just face)
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 11 years experience
Be kind to your skin: Treating adult acne can be a challenge. The first step is to be kind to your skin and clean it with a gentle cleanser. Harsh scrubbing and strong soaps can make acne worse. The second step is to try the over the counter treatments available. Consult with your doctor to see which ones are right for you. The last step is to avoid picking at your acne as this can lead to scarring and inflammation.
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
No easy answer: And the best treatment options depend on the type, severity and distribution of your acne. There is no one size fits all. You may want to address this with your PCP as now there are so many options out there to manage/control acne.
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Acne? see a doctor: Prescribed acne treatment with creams and oral medication is effective - but don't expect overnight miracles. For more information see http://www.dermnetnz.org/acne/acne.html
Dr. Gerardo Guerra Bonilla
Family Medicine 12 years experience
Reduce acne: ●Wash your face twice a day with warm water, and do not use harsh soaps. Instead, use a gentle non-soap facial skin cleanser (Cetaphil). ●Do not pick or squeeze pimples. This can make acne worse and damage the skin. ●Avoid oil-based make-up and skin products. Look for non-comedogenic products. If you have mild acne, you can try non-prescription acne products.
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Acne treatment: Acne can be treated by medicated fascial wash ( available in grocery stores and over the counter too ), creams, certain contraceptive pills, antibiotics and other medications . Please consult with your doctor to see which one is most appropriate for you.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Start medications: 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. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Pangea Organics: I recommend the discovery kit for oily/blemish skin for only $34 and free shipping until labor day. The high antioxidant content found in these certified organic botanical products (not dangerous chemicals) supports collagen retention, helps stimulate micro-circulation, gently purifies, brightens skin tone and helps prevent discoloration and moisture loss. http://bit.ly/17wwcjw.
Dr. Barry Auster
Dermatology 47 years experience
See below: Depends on the type of acne.Superficial types are treated topically. Deeper types require oral Ned's.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Regular care: Please consult this site for effective home care for acne: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-vulgaris-home-treatment For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Grow out of it !!: For most this is a disorder of the teen years & disappears when they age out of it. Some will battle with it well into their 30's and beyond. Until then you learn how to manage it daily. Your doc, OTC products and occasional prescriptions are part of the process. You don't get rid of it like a bad appendix, you learn how to keep it under control until it disappears.
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. David Sire
Dermatology 54 years experience
Many options: Acne is not a disease but a response to hormaones of the pilosebaceous apparatus. It has many expressions from the mildest comedones to the most severe cystic acne. Treatment depends on the age of the patient and the severity of the acne. Some mild acne needs only topical agents and the more severe acne may require signifigant oral medications, hormonal therapy or lasers.
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Antibiotics, B.P.: Antibiotics and benzoyl peroxide have yielded consistently excellent results for more than 50 years. A dermatologist will give you prescriptions for the combination that works best for you. Don't waste your money on herbal nonsense; it doesn't work, and it will only delay resolution and increase your risk of permanent scarring.
Dr. Mark Johnson
Aesthetic Medicine 26 years experience
OTC acne treatments: First, wash your face with a mildly exfoliative (not mechanically like grit) soap, using onlly your fingers and working in circles going up. Rinse with just water and pat dry. As to products, look for the following ingredients in the product: benzoyl peroxide salicylic acid alpha hydroxy acids sulfur in general, start with them in that order but feel free to experiment.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Acne: Don't wash your face with body soap. Also don't use alcohol or comedogenic products on your face. Try to find an acne wash system like neutrogena, pangea organics or something with benzoyl peroxide. Following low sodium diet might help too, since acne-causing bacteria like salt. You can try to prevent spreading bacteria onto your face by not touching your face, washing your phone, etc.
Dr. Arlo Miller
Dermatology 15 years experience
Rx: Topical antibiotics are often helpful. Your dermatologist can help with this.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Scientific Rx: Benzoyl peroxide is your best over-the-counter remedy. If not clear in two weeks, your physician can write for topical clindamycin, a topical retinoic acid derivative, or some systemic medication as appropriate. All acne can be managed successfully nowadays. Best wishes.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Acne: Acne can be treated by prescription topical medications such as epiduo, acanya, ziana, and others. Oral prescription antibiotics such as solodyn (minocycline) or Monodox are also helpful. See your local dermatologist for help with treatment of your acne.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
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.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Scientific Rx: Home remedies are only adjuncts. If topical benzoyl peroxide has failed after two weeks, get with your physician. Acne is a serious, chronic, non-lifestyle-related disease that a competent physician can manage effectively. If someone's interfering with your getting care, blaming you or preferring a folk remedy, initiate the contact with your doctor yourself.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
See Dermatologist: Best to be seen by a well experienced board-certified dermatologist; nothing replaces in person history and physical when it comes to good medical care/recommendations. Best wishes.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Start medications: 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. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Scientific Rx: Acne cannot be cured. You must manage it until it remits on its own. It is unrelated to hygiene or lifestyle and only marginally to diet. No "pop" cure works. Anyone telling you otherwise is lying. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician who can add a prescription-strength rx.
Dr. Nazhat Sharma
Ophthalmology 58 years experience
Acne: Eat less Carbohydrate-rich foods, avoid certain medications including Corticosteroids, androgens, lithium. Avoid oil based cosmetics. Keep skin clean and dry Use sun protection. Try not to touch your skin. Talk to your Dermatologist for various treatment options from medication to laser. Hope this helps.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Scientific Rx: Ignore everything you read on the internet and that people tell you. Acne is unrelated to hygiene and lifestyle and minimally to diet. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, your personal physician can add medication that will.
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Consult physician: For medication, both topical and if necessary oral medication.
Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 45 years experience
Acne: Good hygiene and diet. Topical and oral antibiotics and if you qualify oral vitamin A. It will depend on how severe your acne is. All the best.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Acne=infection.: Acne is truly an infection within the pores of the skin, so any effective treatment for acne should initially include both a drying agent (i.e. benzoyl peroxide) and an antibiotic (which could be topical or oral).
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Depends: There are plenty of OTC preps containing benzoyl peroxide which frequently helps. If you have severe pitting acne there is a very effective medicine for that but it is strictly regulated and can be quite dangerous. See a good dermatologist and discuss your concerns.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Acne=infection.: Acne is truly an infection within the pores of the skin, so any effective treatment for acne should initially include both a drying agent (i.e. benzoyl peroxide) and an antibiotic (which could be topical or oral).
Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Several Things: You can start with a 10% benzoyl peroxide wash, depending on severity, we also use an antibiotic which treats the bacteria which is implicated in acne. We can prescribe these in a Prime Visit. On a tight budget? Start with a 2% salicylic acid wash twice daily. You can find a generic at Walmart. It is in a clear bottle and appears orange. Best of Luck!
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Acne=infection.: Acne is truly an infection within the pores of the skin, so any effective treatment for acne should initially include both a drying agent (i.e. benzoyl peroxide) and an antibiotic (which could be topical or oral).
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
Ache: Rest is best.

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