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Are acne & scar treatments medical or cosmetic? Who treats skin of color? (Brown skin)

Are acne & scar treatments medical or cosmetic? Who treats skin of color? (Brown skin)

Acne: Depending on the situation and appearance it could be medical and/or cosmetic, I would suggest seeing a dermatologist as the starting point. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A common skin condition that causes red or white raised pimples, especially on the face, chest and back. Caused when the sebaceous glands in the skin ...Read more


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Mood swings, sudden brown tanning & pigmentation of facial skin with light colored spots in it since 2 years, acne & oily skin, pcos. Skin problem?

Mood swings, sudden brown tanning & pigmentation of facial skin with light colored spots in it since 2 years, acne & oily skin, pcos. Skin problem?

See a medspa doctor: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can cause all of your issues. Start medication and see a medspa doctor to get the skin problems under control. Many lasers can help with the darker spots, as well as the acne. T here are also products and prescription creams to use between laser visits. ...Read more

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Skin care; acne on thighs, blackheads , razor bumps. What are good skincare products?

Skin care; acne on thighs, blackheads , razor bumps. What are good skincare products?

Cetaphil: Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser and moisturizers are fantastic for conditioning the skin without clogging the pores or aggravating inflammation. I recommend this product constantly and have almost always had favorable results. Once the skin is conditioned, it is less likely to be irritated by over the counter acne products that can be used with it. ...Read more

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Are triacneal from avene and skinoren effective for mild acne and red spots (oily skin) ?

Are triacneal from avene and skinoren effective for mild acne and red spots (oily skin) ?

Yes: Skinoren is Azelaic Acid and triacneal is retinaldehyde; both are good choices especially if topical benzoyl peroxide is too rough. This should be plenty for mild acne; if you're not clear in two weeks, or if it's on your trunk, get with your personal physician who can add something a little stronger. ...Read more

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Is benzoyl peroxide effective for acne my skin is oily I have few pimples but much of post acne hyper pigmentation red marks..

Is benzoyl peroxide effective for acne my skin is oily I have few pimples but much of post acne hyper pigmentation red marks..

Yes: Otc benzoyl peroxide 2% or 5% costs $5-10. Be careful: it will bleach clothing, towels, bed sheets. It is irritating & drying near lips & eyelids. If you control acne, you will slowly recover more normal color. A dermatologist can help with prescriptions. If you get branded benzoyl peroxide (proactiv) you will pay 10x more for same thing. ...Read more

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What skincare product can I use that can treat acne, blemishes, oily skin & premature aging for someone in their early 20s?

What skincare product can I use that can treat acne, blemishes, oily skin & premature aging for someone in their early 20s?

Retinoic acid: You could probably benefit from a topical retinoic acid derivative. If this doesn't clear you, your personal physician may have a rx to add. ...Read more

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Acne on my butt. Tiny bumps/painful hard acne. Possible treatment for the acne/scars? Dark scars, craters and new skin formation. Laser/chemical peel?

Acne on my butt. Tiny bumps/painful hard acne. Possible treatment for the acne/scars? Dark scars, craters and new skin formation. Laser/chemical peel?

Infection: Check with your private dermatologist.This sound like recurrence of small glutral abscesses leaving hard painful scars- or in fact, ongoing abscess formation. Must be visualized for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Best treatment for oily skin with mild acne and brown spots (post-acne), glycolic or alpha hydroxy products?

Best treatment for oily skin with mild acne and brown spots (post-acne), glycolic or alpha hydroxy products?

AHA's: Alpha hydroxy acids include glycolic acid but also other fruit acids such as lactic or malic or citric , etc. The aha's are somewhat effective in reversing acne and aging of the skin. ...Read more

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What would be the best products in treating acne, acne scars, clogged pores, & dark spots?

Acne treatment: First, is keeping the skin clean. Most people do not wash their skin enough. As far as clogged pores consider granular facial scrubs and once they are gone regular facial washing. Then one might consider over the counter products such as benzoyl peroxide and if not effective prescription antibiotics, topical and/or oral. ...Read more

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Do blue & red light acne masks work for red acne scars? The marks that are left behind on fair skin tones?

Plan: You can try. But better to consult with dermatologist or cosmetologist. If you will overdo with skin it may leave scar for ever. ...Read more

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I have extremely oily skin and acne. What's the best skin care product to use?

I have extremely oily skin and acne. What's the best skin care product to use?

Acne: Salicylic and benzoyl peroxide containing washes and gels fight acne and help dry oily skin. Otc retinol and prescription Retin-A will also treat oily acne prone skin. See a dermatologist for a treatment plan that is right certain skin types. ...Read more

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21yr old female fine lines on lower eye lid. Moderate acne pimples, not too oily skinned. What's the best skin care regime/routine? (Prefer organic)

21yr old female fine lines on lower eye lid. Moderate acne pimples, not too oily skinned. What's the best skin care regime/routine? (Prefer organic)

Fine Lines & Acne: My first thought would be RetinA. This will help fine lines over time and acne. It is a form of Vitamin A. Also no smoking and wearing sunscreen will help prevent fine lines. ...Read more

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I have oily skin, blackheads, & minor pimples. Is cetaphil good for my skin type?

I have oily skin, blackheads, & minor pimples. Is cetaphil good for my skin type?

Not really: See a medspa doctor to get started on a series of laser skin treatments to lower your oil glands (cool breeze laser) and clean out your pores (isolaz). She will also start you on salicylic acid wash with a brush as well as products and if needed prescription creams. ...Read more

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Have brown skin.I never tried any face creams. In my teens.Dry skin with tiny pimples around face.Any good basic cream to reduce acne and have glow?

Have brown skin.I never tried any face creams. In my teens.Dry skin with tiny pimples around face.Any good basic cream to reduce acne and have glow?

See below: Please consult this site for home treatment. You may need to try more than one treatment to see what works for you. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco or alcohol in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Does retin a (tretinoin) help small ice pick scars from acne ?? Or proactive dark spot corrector?

Does retin a (tretinoin)  help small ice pick scars from acne ?? Or proactive dark spot corrector?

1st Fix Acne: If the 'ice pick scars have pigmentation (dark discoloration) associated with them, the products may help subtlety with the pigment, but not the indentations. These types of scars are typically difficult to treat. If they are not very deep, Microdermabrasion is used, but again, results are modest. The first priority is to have the acne under control. If so, fractional resurfacing works best. ...Read more

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I have a lot of acne scars. Black/filipino mix with dark skin. Are there any acne treatments for dark skin?

I have a lot of acne scars. Black/filipino mix with dark skin. Are there any acne treatments for dark skin?

Tx scars dark skin: Dark spot or hyperpigmentation and scarring from acne can be managed in people with darker skin. I like to use tretinoin to exfoliate, and hydroquinone to lighten (i prefer 4%) as a pretreatment. Scarring can be mild to deep and severe. Fractional ablation for mild scarring, deep scars may require full ablation or excision. Before treating it is important to learn if there is history of keloid. ...Read more

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I'm black with light brown skin. Will coconut oil make my skin darker?

I'm black with light brown skin. Will coconut oil  make my skin darker?

No.: Sunlight will make your skin darker if you apply coconut oil and sunbathe, because coconut oil is a poor sunscreen. But coconut oil by itself will not darken your skin. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more


Dr. Marsha Davis
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Facial Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more