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I cant get rid of my forehead acne! I have tried alot of acne spot treatments, toothpaste, cinammon with honey, and black soap. Im 18 yeard old, female. Please help, im stressing out, i never had acne till i turn 17 but it wasnt bad and it would go away b

I cant get rid of my forehead acne! I have tried alot of acne spot treatments, toothpaste, cinammon with honey, and black soap. Im 18 yeard old, female. Please help, im stressing out, i never had acne till i turn 17 but it wasnt bad and it would go away b

Toothpaste: I don't know who starts this hoax, but toothpaste can badly damage your skin. As you have experienced, OTC's, off label applications (like using toothpaste on forehead instead of teeth), and Internet "solutions" are at best worthless, at worst harmful. For best treatment please see a skin specialist, a Dermatologist. They treat problems like yours all day every day. See a Pro. ...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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What are some home/natural acne or spot treatments?

What are some home/natural acne or spot treatments?

Adjuncts only: Acne is a grave personal and professional liability. It can always be managed until it self-cures, but only with real rx, not "pop" stuff. If you are responsible for the physical and emotional health of a teen and you refuse to get him/her topical benzoyl peroxide or prescription-strength rx from a scientific physician, you are doing him/her a terrible disservice. Please reconsider. ...Read more

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Can i mix match products like neutragena acne wash and clinique spot treatment together?

Can i mix match products like neutragena acne wash and clinique spot treatment together?

Acne: Its ok to mix brands, but be careful, you may dry out your skin because many will have the same chemical ingredients in them. ...Read more

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What is considered the most effective acne face cream and spot treatment?

See doctor: Your doctor can detemine what type of cream and spot treatment that is best for you., because it is depend on your skin type and the presentation of the comedones. ...Read more

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Is aczone supposed to be used for spot treatment or for all affected areas? Will it help with acne scarring?

Is aczone supposed to be used for spot treatment or for all affected areas? Will it help with acne scarring?

For all areas: After cleaning your face and hands, rub a small thin layer for all the affected areas. This medication is generally for clearing up acne and may possibly reduce the likelihood of developing future acne scars, but it won’t help reduce the appearance of current scars. ...Read more

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What's the best spot treatment to get rid of acne marks and scars?

What's the best spot treatment to get rid of acne marks and scars?

Acne scar treatments: A variety of approaches are necessary to improve not remove acne scars. Specific therapy is dependent on the type of scars and skin type. Potential therapies include subcision, cross tca, medical roll cit, dermabrasion, laser and other treatments, including prp. ...Read more

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Can I use tazorac (tazarotene) as a spot treatment for mild acne?

Can I use tazorac (tazarotene) as a spot treatment for mild acne?

Not really: Tazorac (tazarotene) is not good for this. Tazorac (tazarotene) is meant to be used as an overall skin product to reduce future formation of acne, not to spot treat specific areas. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's safe to use bottle benzoyl peroxide for spot acne treatment?

Can you explain if it's safe to use bottle benzoyl peroxide for spot acne treatment?

Yes it is safe: Yes it is safe and can be used depending on the severity and comes in different strengths, along with other therapies if needed. ...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