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A 17-year-old female asked:

i am only 16 years and i've been having acne between my thighs , and after they fate the leave marks , they're quit big an make me uncomfortable .

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Dr. Richard Zienowicz
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Will improve: The key to improvement of your acne areas is to try to treat the underlying condition so that there are no flare ups that cause recurring inflammation. A dermatologist can best help you with a regimen that works. If you've lund one stick with it. Exfoliate regularly and avoid shaving those areas to deter ingrown hairs from developing.
Dr. Zahid Niazi
Cosmetic Surgery 39 years experience
Is it hidradenitis?: You may possibly have a condition called hidradenitis. See your primary care first as treating the condition early helps decrease the long term sequelae. Even with acne, generally, patients benefit from weight loss if excess weight is an issue, along with keeping area clean and dry. Some patients require topical as well as antibiotics by mouth to control the issue.

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

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

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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.
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How can I make my acne less noticeable?

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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.
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Do you know any permanent acne cures?

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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.
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How can acne be treated?

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Dr. Jennifer Frank
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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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