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How to cure acne?

How to cure acne?

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

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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How to cure acne?

How to cure acne?

Benzoyl peroxide: This depends on the severity. You can start with over the counter benzoyl peroxide 2.5%, higher strengths are also available. If this is not helpful, you can move up to using benzoyl peroxide and another agent such as salicylic acid. Beyond these, you may want to see a doctor who specializes in the care of acne. There are many excellent prescription options available. ...Read more

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How to vanish acne?

How to vanish acne?

Some options...: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel or cream is quite helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel or cream such as Cleocin (clindamycin) gel. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or Differin gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral antibiotics like tetracycline can be used. If quite severe, a dermatologist may use Accutane. ...Read more

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How to remove acne?

How to remove acne?

Mild acne: Treatment for mild acne (whiteheads, blackheads, or pimples) may include: Gentle cleansing with warm water and a mild soap, such as Dove or Cetaphil. Applying benzoyl peroxide (such as Brevoxyl or Triaz). Applying salicylic acid (such as Propa pH or Stridex). If these treatments do not work, you may want to see your doctor. Your doctor can give you a prescription for stronger lotions or creams. ...Read more

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How to reduce acne?

How to reduce acne?

Start with...: Topical benzoyl peroxide. If this does not clear it, your physician can add topical Clindamycin or another antibiotic; if it's on your trunk, you'll probably need a systemic antibiotic as well, and if it's severe, dermatologists have stuff that's not pleasant and a bit risky but is certain to clear you up. This is the 21st century and you have a right to be acne-free. ...Read more

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I suffer from acne

I suffer from acne

Some options...: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel or cream is quite helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel or cream such as Cleocin (clindamycin) gel. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or Differin gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral antibiotics like tetracycline can be used. If quite severe, a dermatologist may use Accutane. ...Read more

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How can I fix my acne?

How can I fix my acne?

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. ...Read more

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How to remove my acne?

How to remove my acne?

Absolutely see derm: depending on the kind of acne will determine the kind of acne treatment you need ...Read more

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Having an acne problem?

Clean skin: Important to keep your skin clean wash 2 - 3 times with soap and water daily there are many items you can buy to help, many are very expensive and do not help a lot. You may due better to see your primary care person. Some of the prescribed meds are not real expensive and will clear your skin very well. ...Read more

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How to remove my acne?

How   to remove my acne?

Scientific Rx: This is the 21st century. The only over-the-counter remedy that's much good is benzoyl peroxide and it's generally inadequate. I add topical clindamycin, plus a retinoic acid derivative if there are blackheads. If results are not good in two weeks, i add a systemic antibiotic as appropriate, and dermatologists have big guns for tough cases. You deserve to be acne-free if you wish. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more