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Acne And Sensitive Skin
A common human skin disease characterized by areas of scaly red skin (seborrhea) with blackheads/whiteheads (comedones) , pinheads (papules), large papules (nodules), pimples & possibly scarring. Occurs mostly on face, upper chest & back. Treated with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic ...Read more
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'. ...Read more
Moisturize: Cetaphil is a soap free non-ionic cleanser. It does not adequately remove surface epidermal lipids. Detergent cleansers are preferred. Then apply a low concentration benzoyl peroxide cream in the morning followed by a broad spectrum sunscreen. At night, after cleansing, apply a 5% topical niacinamide moisturizer. ...Read more
Salicylic acid: This is just salicylic acid. If you're prone to acne, and your skin is "sensitive", you're going to have grit your teeth and endure some discomfort to keep your acne under control, whether you use this, benzoyl peroxide, or a retinoic acid derivative. If you're not clear in two weeks, get with your personal physician. Good luck. ...Read more
Serious Rx: If your acne is "terrible", you have a serious illness and you'll have to grit your teeth and endure some skin discomfort. If topical benzoyl peroxide hasn't cleared you in two weeks, get with your physician. Severe acne makes you a candidate for isotretinoin, if you're brave enough. Or an antibiotic may be added to your topical rx and you might remain fairly comfortable. Be strong and good luck. ...Read more
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