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Acne Pimples Help
No: No. Acne lesion extraction does not help. Acne is an inflammatory disorder. The more you manipulate, the worse the inflammation, the higher the risk of scarring. If the facial only involves massage and salicylic acid peels, it's ok, but this is not necessarily better than self treatment with otc salicylic acid washes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Medium depth peel: You need a dedicated and well-respected aesthetician to help you with this. I would not try something over-the-counter to save money. It also depends on how deep and extensive the scars are and if your acne is still active. Make sure you have a good skin regimen and acne is under control before pursuing peels. I would recommend tca or glycolic acid peels but find an experienced aesthetician. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Acne & Acne Scars: Acne and acne scars cannot be prevented. The key is to control acne break outs. Controlling break outs, minimizes the tendency to scar. Acne and acne scar control requires a multi-step approach that includes clinical and prescription skin care, oral medications, chemical peels, and laser and light treatments. Care coordination by medical provider with expertise in acne treatment is key. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Acne treatment no Rx: Acne can be prevented or minimized by using a gentle cleanser twice daily, over the counter benzoyl peroxide, hydroxy acids or salicylic acid products followed by a noncomedogenic moisturizer such as Cetaphil, Ceravue or similar. If these regimes are not resulting in improvement after 4-8 weeks, consultation with a dermatologist may be in order. ...Read more
Acne therapy: If your acne doesn't respond to otc treatments, consider seeing a doctor or dermatologist to get a stronger prescription lotion. Tretinoin (avita, retin-a, others), Adapalene (differin) and tazarotene (tazorac, avage) are examples of topical prescription products derived from vitamin a. They work by promoting cell turnover and preventing plugging . You may also need oral antibiotics like doryx (doxycycline). ...Read more
Scientific Rx: If you are male and still have acne while on benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin, your physician may try a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day. Or if this is deep / cystic / severe acne, it may be time to consider accutane. For the scars, a dermatologist can abrade, fill, operate and/or laser; your choice, but note the hollywood stars who keep their scars for character. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Terrible idea: This is a glucocorticoid and will give the bacteria that cause acne a growth advantage. This is one of the worst things you can do for acne. This is serious business, not something for home remedies using prescription-strength medications. Please get with a competent physician for guidance. ...Read more
Daily care + diet: Acne can be the result of different hormone imbalances. Medicines that help to stabilize the hormones of teenagers and of peri menopausal women have the same mechanism and can be considered. Excessive oil can lead to acne and may be diet related. Blackheads can result from constricted pores with dirt present and can be diminished by warmth when cleansing. Scarring increases with inflammation. ...Read more
Not really: True microdermabrasion is limited to the epidermis whereas acne disease truly occurs in the deep dermis. Microdermabrasion is a slightly more agressive form of exfoliation and may help to remove superficial irregularities and pigment. Dermabrasion extends to the dermis and may help to improve superficial scarring. ...Read more
Acne treatments: Acne treatment depends on the severity. Mild acne can be treated with good skin care products such as Retin-A and topical benzoyl peroxide. Moderate acne can add topical antibiotic as well as peels and lasers. Severe acne may need short term antibiotics, retin-a, topical antibiotics, ala and laser followed by resurfacing for scars and or accutane. ...Read more
No. But it can help: Reduce acne breakouts and more cyst formation that can lead to new scars. Accutane is powerful medicine that requires monitoring and absolute avoidance of pregnancy (causes birth defects). See dermatologist for advice and prescription if you are a candidate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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