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Is it true that bio-oil really works for acne scars?

Is it true that bio-oil really works for acne scars?

No: A dermatologist can make these much less visible using abrasion, laser, or fillers, if that is what you want. No topical treatment will touch them. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that 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 ...Read more


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What's the best acne rosacea treatment you use that actually work?

What's the best acne rosacea treatment you use that actually work?

Doubtful: Rosacea is similar to acne. She may never get rid of it, but dermatologists can help with different medicines to make it better. ...Read more

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Does toothpaste actually work to treat acne?

Does toothpaste actually work to treat acne?

No: Use something specifically for the acne! if toothpaste does help, a dermatologist would be the best person to tell you. ...Read more

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I ve heard that baking soda is effective in treating acne and acne scars. Is it true?

I ve heard that baking soda is effective in treating acne and acne scars. Is it true?

Baking Soda for Acne: Those who want to know how to treat acne with baking soda should begin by mixing the baking soda with water to make a paste. This paste should be very similar in consistency to toothpaste, as it should be soft enough that it can easily be rubbed over the skin. You should also make sure that your face is wet before applying the baking soda, as this will ensure that the paste is able to be spread. ...Read more

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Which acne treatments work the best?

Topicals or laser : Laser acne treatments are extremely effective and work well in combination with medical grade topicals. ...Read more

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Is mandelic acid effective at treating acne and whiteheads? How effective is it in comparison to benzoyl peroxide?

Is mandelic acid effective at treating acne and whiteheads? How effective is it in comparison to benzoyl peroxide?

Mandelic acid/acne: Mandelic acid is a weak acid that may help in acne but in my opinion the medical literature is more favorable to benzoyl peroxide for acne therapy... Best to see a dermatologist in person. ...Read more

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What acne treatment actually works and help get rid of acne fast?

What acne treatment actually works and help get rid of acne fast?

Acne treatments: There are several forms of acne and treatments are specific for different types of acne. Here are the mainstays of prescription treatment: clogged pores: tretinoin (retin a), Adapalene (differin), tazorac inflammatory lesions (red bumps, pustules): topical clindamycin, benzoyl peroxide, erythromycin, sulfur/sulfacetamide cysts: oral doxycyline, minocycline, tetracycline, accutane. ...Read more

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Is there anything that actually works to remove facial scars?

Is there anything that actually works to remove facial scars?

Scars are permanent: Once a scar has happened, there is nothing that can completely erase it. However, you can minimize the appearance using plastic surgery methods and lasers and coverup makeups. ...Read more

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What works against this acne and the scars?

What works against this acne and the scars?

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. Scars require a derm consult. Good luck. ...Read more

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What works the best when treating acne scarring?

What works the best when treating acne scarring?

Dermatology consult: You won't be able to affect the scars on your own. A dermatologist can make them less visible using microsurgery, filler, laser, or dermabrasion. I'm sorry your acne wasn't treated in the first place as it should have been. ...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 is the most effective over-the-counter treatment plan for controlling acne while healing minor acne scars & hyperpigmentation?

What is the most effective over-the-counter treatment plan for controlling acne while healing minor acne scars & hyperpigmentation?

Benzoyl peroxide: It will slow new lesions but won't touch scars or hyperpigmentation. It is also only moderately effective. Nothing else over-the-counter works. Get with your physician -- despite our dysfunctional health care system, it's your best choice. ...Read more

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Is it true that dianette is effective for reducing body hair?

Is it true that dianette is effective for reducing body hair?

Big picture: If you're a female, and want to reduce body hair, your best choice is electrolysis / laser Rx or some similar procedure. Your choice of a contraceptive pill is a serious one and shouldn't be determined by a wish to lose androgenic hairs. ...Read more

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Is retin a (tretinoin) effective for permantly eliminating pimples and acne? Does it work like accutane, shrinking the oils glands? Or does it just expholiate.

Is retin a (tretinoin) effective for permantly eliminating pimples and acne?  Does it work like accutane, shrinking the oils glands? Or does it just expholiate.

Yes: Retin A (tretinoin) is the topical form of Accutane. It does much more than exfoliate. Accutane for 20 weeks is often a permanent cure. Retin A (tretinoin) takes much longer and is less dramatic but also may clear acne. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what is an effective acne treatment that also gets rid of balckheads?

I'm curious as to what is an effective acne treatment that also gets rid of balckheads?

Retinoic acid: A regimen that contains topical retinoic acid is the best start if there are a lot of blackheads / comedones. Get with your physician about this; an antibiotic may be a supplement to the retinoic acid if the acne is severe enough to require it. All acne is manageable nowadays by evidence-based medicine. ...Read more

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Does oxytetracycline actually help for acne? And does it remove acne marks

Does oxytetracycline actually help for acne? And does it remove acne marks

Not for scars: Tetracycline can control the development of acne and help in healing the ones there, but it does not do any thing for the scars/marks of acne. ...Read more

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Is it true that the laser treatment for acne scars will stimulate the collagen in my skin? What exactly does that do?

Is it true that the laser treatment for acne scars will stimulate the collagen in my skin? What exactly does that do?

Collagen generating: One of the best treatments for acne scarring is fractionated laser. Depending on your skin color, texture and extent of scarring there are different laser options out there. A non-ablative fractionated laser like the fraxel re:store or dual has no real downtime, but requires multiple treatments. A fractionated co2 laser is more aggressive with about a week downtime, but may give faster results. ...Read more

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What acne cleanser works the best for teens?

What acne cleanser works the best for teens?

Skin Clear Wash : We formulated this wash using tea tree oil due to its antibacterial anti inflammatory properties, salicylic acid and hydrogen peroxide also addressing bacterial growth. A very light, foaming facial cleanser made for normal to oily skin. Available from www.Cosmograde.Com. ...Read more

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Is it really the case that taking a good multi-vitamin can help cure acne?

No, but...: I'm among a minority of physicians who believe it's wise for everyone to take a cheap vitamin-and-mineral supplement daily, because of the way our world is. You'll also do well to get with a scientific physician; acne can be treated effectively, usually at little cost, and the medicines (vitamin a analogues, antibiotics) are mother nature's gifts. ...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