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A 25-year-old member asked:

Please describe a good home remedy for bad acne on the back, shoulders, chest, face, and neck?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Patrick Ferry
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 19 years experience
A better idea: Your question implies rather severe acne. I'm not aware of home remedies that are particularly effective on acne this bad. My suggestion is to have a doctor (primary care or dermatology) evaluate and treat. Acne can be emotionally and physically scarring!
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
See your MD: But start with a good mild cleanser (i.e. Neutrogena w/ salicylic acid) and otc benzoyl peroxide (just for face). Severe acne like you've described could benefit from treatment by a skilled md.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Avoid scrubbing your face & body harshly; wash it gently with fingertips (using product mentioned by Dr Bowman); pat dry with towel.
Feb 9, 2012

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