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What acne product works better?

What acne product works better?

Scientific Rx: Acne is a chronic disease that eventually remits as a person ages. I was able to stop taking rx when i was 50. In the meantime, topical benzoyl peroxide is your first treatment. If this fails, your personal physician can add topical clindamycin, topical tretinoin, a systemic antibiotic, or one of the big guns. Manage the disease until it remits -- you owe it to yourself. ...Read more

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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Which product works best for acne?

Which product works best for acne?

None of them: None of the over-the-counter acne treatments does much good. I start with topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid-based compound. If I do not get a good result in two weeks, i add a systemic antibiotic appropriate to the person. Dermatologists are allowed to use the big guns. Nobody nowadays needs to have bad acne -- life's hard enough without it. Good luck. ...Read more

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What facial product works the best for acne?

What facial product works the best for acne?

Benzoyl peroxide: This is your best rx. If it fails, as it often does, get with your physician. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which clean and clear product works better for acne?

Expert opinions? Which clean and clear product works better for acne?

If you must ask...: You probably need something stronger. 5% topical benzoyl peroxide from the drugstore is cheaper and probably stronger. If 2x/day hasn't cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. All acne can be managed until it self-cures as you get older. ...Read more

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What acne product(s) should I use just to try out and see if it works?

What acne product(s) should I use just to try out and see if it works?

See a dermatologist: Depending upon the severity of your acne and the type of your skin(dry or oily)different products may be recommended. I would not try just any ol thing. Good luck! everyone deserves to have clear skin in this day and age. ...Read more

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Doctors! what acne product works best to get fast and effective results?

Nothing is fast: Whenever a dermatologist initiates treatment for acne, he or she always mentions that it takes time - meaning 2-3 months to notice a significant change. The efficacy varies as each acne patient's treatment is individualized based on several factors. For the best treatment, seek the assistance of a board certified dermatologist. Cheers! ...Read more

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What skin care product for acne works best and are easily available in retailers?

What skin care product for acne works best and are easily available in retailers?

Many: I like benzoyl peroxide 2 x daily as it kills bacteria in the skin. Add a salycilic acid wash and a non-comedogenic moisturizer and you have a good start. I add tea tree oil to the regimen to apply to pimples when they do arise and i also recommend a high dose vitamin a supplement like vitamedica healthy skin (has 12, 500 iu vit a in it) and as a result i'm using much less Accutane for severe acne! ...Read more

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What is the best product for treating moderate acne in teenage girls? I have sufferred from acne from the age of 11 and I am now 18. Nothing works.

What is the best product for treating moderate acne in teenage girls? I have sufferred from acne from the age of 11 and I am now 18. Nothing works.

Real Rx: This is the 21st century and acne can be treated. If benzoyl peroxide and the less-effective over-the-counter remedies have failed, your physician may offer you the oral contraceptive pill if it's appropriate, or i start with topical Clindamycin with either benzoyl peroxide, or a retinoic acid derivative. Next step is an appropriate systemic antibiotic; this usually works for a female. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hello doctor..as a teen,I have acne problem..i've try all product but it doesn't really work for me...it makes my acne even worse...help me..

Hello doctor..as a teen,I have acne problem..i've try all product but it doesn't really work for me...it makes my acne even worse...help me..

Get treated: If benzoyl peroxide, retinoic acid, and salicylic acid have failed, you're not going to be able to manage your acne without your physician's help. Keep using one of these make your appointment. The oral contraceptive pill might clear you in a week. Antibiotics and spironolactone are other possibilities. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have little pimples, not a lot but some. What kind of acne product works well?

I have little pimples, not a lot but some. What kind of acne product works well?

Benzoyl peroxide: 5% 2x/day. If you are not clear in two weeks, get with your personal physician. ...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