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Which acne treatments work the best?

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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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 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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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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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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I have suffering acne fro many years I try I alot of treatment but did not work out it only reduce and back again am over 33 yrs old pls help?

I have suffering acne fro many years I try I alot of treatment but did not work out it only reduce and back again am over 33 yrs old pls help?

Doctor Guided Care: Acne is caused by plugged hair follicle units (excess oil/debris/bacteria) & inflammation. Prevalence in 25 yr old females is 12%. Therapy includes topical/oral meds to control infection/inflammation. Medication-induced irritation/dryness is common. Finding right balance is challenging, even w/ mild acne. Your chances at successful treatment are best under the care of your doctor or dermatologist. ...Read more

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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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Do blue light acne treatments work?

Yes: Blue light treatments are a superficial light that helps kill the skin bacteria. It works better when you add amino levulonic acid (ala) that helps kill bacteria, decrease the sebaceous glands and improve skin tone and texture. ...Read more

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Could laser treatment work for acne?

Could laser treatment work for acne?

Scars: Lasers are best for certain types of deep scar after acne has healed. If your disease is active, it's better managed using medication. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. ...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