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Acne Products That Really Work
Scientific Rx: If topical benzoyl peroxide has failed, get with your physician for prescription-strength meds. Home / "pop" / "holistic" remedies are adjuncts only. Acne is a serious personal and professial liability and you owe it to yourself, or the person for whom you are responsible to get effective rx. ...Read more
Keloid Rx: The safest approach is silicone tape/gel (myscaraway, from walgreens/online), steroid/bleomycin injections immunosuppressant/chemotherapyagent) only in pro hands, electron-beam radiotherapy, almost never excision unless radiotherapy can be guaranteed within 24hr after excision. Be very careful or it will be made worse by cutting it! close follow up for 2yrs+ to monitor for recurrence essential! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Neutrogena: Neutrogena is a skin care company with numerous products. Cleansers, moisturizers and toners that contain salicylic acid may help exfoliate skin preventing pore clogging and more acne. Neutrogena makes good products and there are other companies that make similarly good products. Prescription medications are usually more effective than otc products. ...Read more
See a doctor: If over the counter stuff isn't working perhaps you need something prescription strength like topical antibiotics. Hopefully you've identified triggers in your life that you have eliminated. ...Read more
No: It is a mild way of inproving fine lines but it can also thin the skin and make you at higher risk for sun burn or sun damage. When used alot after age 45 it can cause thinning of the skin. Retin a (tretinoin) is very helpful for active acneic breakouts when applied at bedtime using a thin layer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Adjunct only: It will probably not clear you and i'd be pleasantly surprised if it even helped. Zinc is likely to upset your stomach, and if you take a lot, you can make yourself copper deficient. How about using an evidence based regimen instead? Benzoyl peroxide is not pleasant but it's your first choice; if you're not clear in two weeks, get with your primary care physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Comedone extractor: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day & use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Exfoliate occasionally. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider otc products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). If > mild acne see dermatology (discuss meds, comedone extractor, pore strips, etc.). ...Read more
Best products for acne scars or pigmentation that does not clog pores? (not prescription) Help please!
Is Proactiv really good for acne on chin and forehead? Those are my problem areas and very noticeable blackheads. Tried many over-the-counter product
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
I wear makeup to hide my acne but that causes acne. Any tips? I use something OTC with benzoyl peroxide. I struggle keeping it acne free. Thanks!
See your physician: It's time to move you up to a prescription-strength medicine to supplement the benzoyl peroxide (which was a great start). Your physician can probably clear you with topical clindamycin. Tretinoin or something similar. The oral contraceptive pill (if it's right for you) or spironolactone are also possibilities. Good luck and stay proactive. ...Read more
Don't do it: These products can disfigure you, and even if they bleach you, it won't look natural or right. Beyond using sunscreen, your skin color is what Nature gave you, and people who love you for who you are also cherish the skin color you were born with. Here in the US where trends are set, trying to change one's natural color is considered the height of ignorance. Embrace who you are. ...Read more
There are a lot of pimples and scars on my face. I try to use different cosmetics but it does not work anything.
Serious Rx: I'm sorry your acne hasn't been treated properly and you've got scars. You need to start using topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated now, and probably get some added prescription-strength Rx, perhaps an antibiotic or spironolactone or the oral contracetive pill if right for you, from your personal physician. A plastic surgeon or dermatologist can make the scars less visible if that is your wish. ...Read more
Any good products which really works on the pimples? I got sensitive skin and not so much acne, just a few pimples :)
It can't: The product does not intend to do away scars. ...Read more
How to get rid of blackheads on nose?i tried everything from nose strips to daily scrub,i even bought some expensive products but nothing works why?
Get real treatment: Health-food pills are useless here. Start with over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide. This is often not enough, and your physician may want to add topical Clindamycin with or without added retinoic acid derivative. The oral contraceptive pill, if she can and wants to use it, often ends a woman's acne. The right systemic antibiotic is the next step. This is the 21st century & you deserve effective rx. ...Read more
Scientific Rx: Benzoyl peroxide for starters. If not sufficient, topical Clindamycin and/or a topical retinoic acid derivative the latter especially if there are a lot of blackheads. Next step for a lady is the oral contraceptive pill if it is right for her. Then a systemic antibiotic right for the person. The big guns is accutae, not pleasant cheap or without risks but hugely effective and very much worth it. ...Read more
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