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Accutane To Buy
Paying out of pocket so want to know if I should buy Proactiv OTC or use benzoyl peroxide from rx?
Rx.: Proactiv is a "one size fits all" product. If you happen to be the "size" that it fits, it will work; otherwise it won't. Prescription products are chosen by dermatologists specifically for the type of acne that you have, so you are much more likely to get products that work the first time around. ...Read more
How many products are safe to use to treat my light/moderate acne? I want to use a scrub and a cleanser from Neutrogena. I also want to use Cetaphil.
Available OTC: You've noted several major brands of skin products available in the States. All are safe to use as intended & directed, assuming that you aren't sensitive or allergic to an ingredient. Whether any two or more can be used in combination is "unknown" as there are too many combinations for safety regulators to run thru. Discuss concerns w/your Family Doc & Dermatologist. Tell them about all products ...Read more
Yes it is safe: Yes it is safe and can be used depending on the severity and comes in different strengths, along with other therapies if needed. ...Read more
Would you recommend vit E oil to clear up face acne scars? Whats the best thing to use that doesnt cost a fortune?
No.: Vitamin E has no effect on scars and will only plug your oils glands further. If you are getting scarring, you need to see a dermatologist. People think they will save money by self-treating; but all they do is delay proper care and risk permanent scarring. Save yourself a ton of money, time, and worry; see a dermatologist and get a regimen designed for you that will actually work. ...Read more
Benzoyl peroxide: It is your best friend. Use as tolerated. If you're not clear in two weeks, you will need prescription-strength rx. ...Read more
Accutane just for oil skin, can I use it? May be in low doses, did you recomend something alternative to Accutane for oil control?
Moisturizer: For the face, i recommend you use otc cerave lotion for your face and cerave cream for your body. ...Read more
If i don't have acne, but want to use a retinoid for anti-aging properties, which do you recommend? (adapalene vs tretinoin vs tazarotene)
I choose not to use latisse to grow eyelashes but would like to try an online product. Which ones are safe? There are many online eyelash enhancing products for sale and i would like to purchase one that is safe to use and lives up to its claims. I want
Homeopathic : Homeopathic over the counter or on line products need not show efficacy to be sold---there are no reports that any of these products work but will probably not hurt you--just your pocket book. Latisse (bimatoprost) is the only proven product which will increase the length of your lashes, but will not make you grown more lashes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How to heal a burnt face faster, by using a toothpaste? I have no money to buy expensive ointments, anitibiotics or any medicines. Please help me.
Natural remedies: Use natural remedies that you probably have already at home. You can use chamomile tea compresses that will calm down the skin. Not sure how severe the burn is, but stay away of make up, and creams that have many chemicals a additives. Chamomile tea compresses can be used cold or room temperature, apply on the skin for 15 min. Rinse and apply moisturizer that you know does not irritate your skin. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Terrible idea: Please forgive my frankness. Betamethasone can make your skin atrophy and it won't help at all. Red and brown post-acne marks need to fade on their own. The acute lesions will probably be made worse by the betamethasone. Scientific acne rx starts with benzoyl peroxide as tolerated, and if this does not clear you, getting prescription-strength rx from your physician. Best wishes. ...Read more