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Acne Treatment For Black Women
Is home ipl treatment ( philips) effective for facial hair removal due to pcos in fair Asian skin with black hair? Is the treatment permanent?Risk?
Yes: It is effective but you could get a burn from the treatment ...Read more
Minocin (minocycline) & Acne: Minocin (minocycline) is one of the effective oral antibiotics use in the treatment of moderate to severe acne. Blackheads are best treated by gentle, non abrasive cleansing and the use of lotions or creams that help exfoliate surface skin cells and unclog pores, like retinoids, salicylic or azelaic acids. Chemical peels and facials with extractions can also be helpful to control blackheads. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
No: Adults with true acne use the same treatments as teens use. (rosacea in adults can be confused with acne, but has different treatment). For true acne, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel/cream is helpful. Doctors can add antibiotic gels. If more help is needed, retinoids such as Retin-A or differin (adapalene) gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral contraceptives & oral antibiotics are options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Doxycycline: Doxycycline is probably the most widely and commonly prescribed antibiotic for acne, not necessarily for the oily skin, but to decrease underlying bacteria that may cause blocked/infected pores and acne formation. Doxycycline has a high affinity for the sin, and is therefore widely used for acne. It can cause "photo-sensitivity" so it best to avoid the sun exposure when on this med. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: You may see a cosmetic dermatologist. Consult this site for information on this topic: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/features/acne-scars#1 Please note that scars do fade with time. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
For severe cases: Accutane is a very strong but very effective drug for acne. It has potential serious side effects and requires close monitoring. That said, i know multiple patients who have had phenomenal improvements with Accutane that say they would do the treatment over. I recommend you see a local dermatologist for a consultation and more information. ...Read more
Scientific Rx: Two weeks trial of topical benzoyl peroxide alone. This clears most mild acne. If not clear, physician's office visit. Options may include topical retinoic acid derivative, topical clindamycin, the oral contraceptive pill for a woman who can take it, and/or an appropriate systemic antibiotic right for the patient. Tough cases referred for isotretinoin. Manage as a chronic disease. Good luck. ...Read more
Derm consult: If you have cystic acne, you deserve 21st century treatment beyond what even your family doc can provide. A dermatologist will probably place you on one of the vitamin a derivatives; they are unpleasant and somewhat dangerous, you'll need to listen to the instructions carefully, and they work. Life is rough enough without cystic acne. I wish you the best. ...Read more
What is the most effective over-the-counter treatment plan for controlling acne while healing minor acne scars & hyperpigmentation?
Does Curacne and other acne treatments cure acne permanently, I've taken Curacne 30mg for 3 months but after a year the acne problem returned!!
You answered it: You asked if something called Curacne effected a permanent cure for acne and you said that your acne returned within the year. It reminds me of Bill when he said that it all depends on what the meaning of the word is is. Acne is a rite of passage and most of us get it and get thru it to adulthood. If you're having problems see your doc. ...Read more
Spots off: The murad rapid age spot product is what i believe you are referring to contains glycolic acid and 2% hydroquinone which is the allowable over the counter percentage. Dark spot or hyperpigmentation from acne is addressed by three things ideally, tretinoin to exfoliate, hydroquinone to lighten (i prefer 4%) and ipl to ablate the pigment in the lesions. Then sunblock always, always, always. Repeat. ...Read more
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