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Can acne laser treatment really work?

Can acne laser treatment really work?

May help: Lots of options for acne scars. Unfortunately no one treatment is perfect and they are difficult to treat. Three basic approaches: surface treatments, "resurfacing" (ie laser or dermabrasion), volume treatments (injectable fillers to "plump up" the depressed areas) and excisional treatments as for for localized areas or through stretching the skin as with a form of facelift. ...Read more

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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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What are acne treatments that truly work!?

What are acne treatments that truly work!?

Scientific ones: Folk remedies (lemons, tea tree oil, etc) are likely to disappoint. Benzoyl peroxide for two weeks, if not clear get with your physician. The right mix of antibiotics (topical or systemic) and vitamin a derivatives can clear pretty much everybody. ...Read more

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Does laser treatment really work in treating scars?

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Does laser treatment really work in treating scars?

Sometimes: Scars are physiological response to injuries of the skin. Scars come in different forms: red, raised, depigmented, thinned, pitted, stretch mark like, or any combination of the above. Lasers work well to correct the redness. However, all of the other components require "reinjury" by the laser, with the hopes of "proper re-recovery" of the skin. This is difficult, so only partially effective. ...Read more

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Can photodynamic therapy for acne really work?

Can photodynamic therapy for acne really work?

Yes: This is a pricey treatment for severe disease in people who cannot tolerate isotretinoin. Even its most favorable review in a peer-reviewed journal describes it as a therapy of last resort. I hope you are able to be successfully treated by this or some more familiar method. Best wishes. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19894368. ...Read more

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Which products really work for keloids?

Which products really work for keloids?

Keloid Rx: The safest approach is silicone tape/gel (myscaraway, from walgreens/online), steroid/bleomycin injections immunosuppressant/chemotherapyagent) only in pro hands, electron-beam radiotherapy, almost never excision unless radiotherapy can be guaranteed within 24hr after excision. Be very careful or it will be made worse by cutting it! close follow up for 2yrs+ to monitor for recurrence essential! ...Read more

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What are blackhead treatments that aren't too pricey and that actually work?

What are blackhead treatments that aren't too pricey and that actually work?

Comedone extractor: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day & use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Exfoliate occasionally. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider otc products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). If > mild acne see dermatology (discuss meds, comedone extractor, pore strips, etc.). ...Read more

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What homemade mask or treatments for bad acne actually work?

What homemade mask or treatments for bad acne actually work?

Adjuncts: There are dozens listed online, many of them obviously silly and perhaps cruel pranks. Experiment with them only as adjuncts to scientific rx, which starts with topical benzoyl peroxide -- if the acne is severe, a physician will need to help manage it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can laser treatment for acne really help?

Can laser treatment for acne really help?

Absolutely: It is one the best treatments for results and combines products and medications for a long term solution. It is amazing and is done widely. ...Read more

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How well does microdermabrasion work for acne treatment?

How well does microdermabrasion work for acne treatment?

Scars/ imperfections: Microdermabrasion can be used to improve the look of acne scars. It exfoliates outer layers of dead skin. There are newer techniques available that are more popular. If you are looking for treatment of acne- recommend a visit to your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Do herbal hair-restoration treatments really work?

Do  herbal hair-restoration treatments really work?

Maybe: There are may substances that have been used for hair resoration, like saw palmetto, burdock and fennel. None have good evidence backing them up. All might interact with medications you are on, so check with your doctor before you use them. ...Read more

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Treatments for what I think is subclinical acne please. Have tried BHAs, benzoyl peroxide , microdermabrasion but nothing has worked.

Treatments for what I think is subclinical acne please. Have tried BHAs, benzoyl peroxide , microdermabrasion but nothing has worked.

Subclinical acne????: If it is subclinical who is it bothering? You? Your dermatologist? I can set up a charitable foundation that you can send checks to if it makes you feel better for the caring of people with subclinical acne and many other subclinical conditions. ...Read more

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La mer, mederma, massages, and nothing seems to work for acne scars. Would a laser treatment work?

La mer, mederma, massages, and nothing seems to work for acne scars. Would a laser treatment work?

Fractionated laser : 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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Can proactive really work on healing acne scars and skin conditions?

Can proactive really work on healing acne scars and skin conditions?

Proactive: Proactive, depending on the specific product used, often uses benzoyl peroxide (antibacterial) to treat mild acne. While this may be helpful, more severe cases may require topicals such a Retin-A , oral antibiotics , or Accutane . Talk to your dermatologist for the right treatment for you. ...Read more

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Good'n natural zinc for acne does it really work...

Good'n natural zinc for acne does it really work...

Adjunct only: It will probably not clear you and i'd be pleasantly surprised if it even helped. Zinc is likely to upset your stomach, and if you take a lot, you can make yourself copper deficient. How about using an evidence based regimen instead? Benzoyl peroxide is not pleasant but it's your first choice; if you're not clear in two weeks, get with your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Does retinol a work well on acne scars?

Does retinol a work well on acne scars?

No: It is a mild way of inproving fine lines but it can also thin the skin and make you at higher risk for sun burn or sun damage. When used alot after age 45 it can cause thinning of the skin. Retin a (tretinoin) is very helpful for active acneic breakouts when applied at bedtime using a thin layer. ...Read more

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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

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Using many acne products but none seem to work. What can I do now?

See a doctor: If over the counter stuff isn't working perhaps you need something prescription strength like topical antibiotics. Hopefully you've identified triggers in your life that you have eliminated. ...Read more

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Are there any quick home made acne treatments that actually work?

Are there any quick home made acne treatments that actually work?

Of course not: The ones involving lemons, honey, hot peppers and so forth are cruel internet pranks. If you're old enough to write healthtap, you're big enough to use scientific rx even if your parents are "natural healing" buffs instead. Topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated will control mild acne, and if it's not enough, phone your personal physician who can add something that will. ...Read more

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What are good home remediesthat actually work for acne marks?

Forget it: Nothing you can do at home will touch acne scars, no matter what you may have read on the internet. Glitzy sites promoting natural remedies with anecdotes and junk science are money-makers and have no reason to tell the truth. Dermatology has lasers today that work marvels. If you want your scars less noticeable, ask the right questions. ...Read more

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I've used proactive and neutrogena acne treatment but my acne never really goes away, is there a home remedy that works and will clear my face fast?

Avoid dairy: This us bit guaranteed to work, but some people develop acne in response to milk and cheese. Try stopping it for a month to see if your acne improves. ...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