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Doctor insights on: Acne Treatments Without Benzoyl Peroxide

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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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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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What is the best acne fighting ingredient if benzoyl peroxide is intolerable or useless?

What is the best acne fighting ingredient if benzoyl peroxide is intolerable or useless?

Other options: Get with your personal physician now. If topical benzoyl peroxide has failed, you'll probably need prescription-strength rx. Never use an antibiotic as sole therapy; your initial rx might be a salicylic acid wash or topical retinoic acid derivative plus topical Clindamycin or systemic tetracycline. We can manage all acne nowadays but it's not easy. If you're offered isotretinoin, consider it. ...Read more

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Benzoyl peroxide is effective for teen acne?

Benzoyl peroxide is effective for teen acne?

Acne: Sure it is. Benzoyl peroxide is effective for teenage acne by itself or in combination with an antibiotic or adapalene. ...Read more

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Is clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide good for acne?

Is clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide good for acne?

Yes: Clindycin and bomzoyl peroxide topically are both commonly used for acne treatment ant prevention. ...Read more

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Will clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) treat my acne and scars?

Will clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) treat my acne and scars?

Get a real Rx: That stuff is weak and overpriced. If you have gotten scars, you should already be on prescription meds. I am sorry this happened and you need to get with your personal physician. ...Read more

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Can benzoyl peroxide eventually get rid of acne permanently?

Can benzoyl peroxide eventually get rid of acne permanently?

No: You'll continue using it until it remits on its own. I was able to stop taking medication when I was 50. Don't get discouraged -- all acne can be managed; half of people are able to get excellent control just on benzoyl peroxide. If this isn't you, your physician can keep you clear. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does salicylic acid normally fix acne faster than benzoyl peroxide?

Does salicylic acid normally fix acne faster than benzoyl peroxide?

No: They work by different mechanisms one is keratolytic and peels salicylic acid and the other kills bacteria. The two can be used in combination. ...Read more

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Which is the best medicine containing benzoyl peroxide for acne and pimples?

Which is the best medicine containing benzoyl peroxide for acne and pimples?

Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'. ...Read more

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Should benzoyl peroxide be used before or after salicylic acid to treat acne?

Should benzoyl peroxide be used before or after salicylic acid to treat acne?

Acne: There would be better penetration of your benzoyl peroxide into the skin if put on after salicyclic acid. ...Read more

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How to tell if clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) will work with my acne and scars?

Limited help: These products are mostly benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid which are both pretty good for starters. If you have acne on your trunk, or if you're not clear in two weeks, get with your physician for prescription-strength treatment. It won't touch your scars, and the fact that you have scarring (sorry it was neglected) suggests that probably you'll end up needing prescription-strength rx now. ...Read more

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Need some medication for inflamed skin after applying 5% benzoyl peroxide for acne type of skin is sensitive?

Need some medication for inflamed skin after applying 5% benzoyl peroxide for acne type of skin is sensitive?

Several options: Stop using the benzoyl peroxide and get with your physician. You may be able to tolerate salicylic acid or a retinoic acid derivative. For now, aloe vera or a moisturizer should help. There are other medications for acne that are worth trying; remember not to use antibiotics as monotherapy. ...Read more

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I used benzac (benzoyl peroxide) peroxide nw how to get rid of dryness and also my acne marks are nt still gone?

I used benzac (benzoyl peroxide) peroxide nw how to get rid of dryness and also my acne marks are nt still gone?

No: The benzoyl peroxide will help keep the skin clear and can offer some peeling action but will not automatically clear away existing scars. Takes time, more time than we would like. ...Read more

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Does oil cleansing method really works on acne? I'm using benzoyl peroxide right now. It's harsh on my skin though.

Does oil cleansing method really works on acne? I'm using benzoyl peroxide right now. It's harsh on my skin though.

Scientific Rx: Spending a long time massaging castor oil or whatever into your face isn't going to help nearly as much as what your' physician is ready to do for you. You'll need to continue to use benzoyl peroxide though it's not pleasant, but probably adding an antibiotic will clear you. If this isn't sufficient, I would urge you to consider isotretinoin. Acne's a major liability in today's world. Be wise. ...Read more

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My skin is very very oily and I have mild acne shud I use the three step cleansing system which consisit of salycilic acid and benzoyl peroxide?

My skin is very very oily and I have mild acne shud I use the three step cleansing system which consisit of salycilic acid and benzoyl peroxide?

Could work: This is not a bad step for this situation. Other alternatives could help if this does not work. For sure you should consider seeing a dermatologist. ...Read more

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