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It may...: The idea of using grapefruit or vitamin c seems rather interesting to me as a compounding skincare specialist. Make sure they use natural grapefruit extract, organic if available, but not some artificial chemical that makes it smell like grapefruit! For acne, you need to find a wash that works well for you. I recommend using the skin clear wash from cosmo grade. ...Read more
Depends: What are you using? Are you scrubbing? If you are don't. If you are using the wash twice a day cut back to once a day. You should be using a moisturizer that has the word non-comedogenic. Moisturizing might seem wrong to your head if you have acne but it is a very important step in daily skin care. ...Read more
Get an Rx instead: Over-the-counter preparations do not work well. I start with topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative. If needed after a few weeks, consider adding an oral antibiotic such as Erythromycin or tetracycline / Minocycline as suitable for the individual. Dermatologists have the big guns -- accutane, lasers. Freedom from acne should be a person's right. Good luck. ...Read more
Don't bother: Some folks have the idea that since chlorine kills gonorrhea and other microbes in swimming pools, it will be effective against acne bacteria. I appreciate the "pop" internet reading you've done, but you owe it to yourself / to the teen under your care to get effective scientific rx from your physician. Benzoyl peroxide is the only really effective rx you can get on your own & it's so-so, . ...Read more
Salicylic acid wash: Salicylic acid helps shed dead skin cells which help to unclog pores that are normally blocked by acne. It is a good exfoliant but works well applied (such as on a pad or cosmetic grade) rather than as a wash because it is not quite potent in a wash. Neutrogena makes a salicylic acid wash and is labeled as "oil-free acne wash". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I use an acne wash with sorbolene body wash on my back? Or should I use them separately. Will the acne wash still work with the sorbolene
Should be fine: They have different ingredients that don't really seem to interact but people can respond differently to regimens. ...Read more
Acne wash: There are many different brands-they include cetaphil, cerave, oilattum, dove. And ultra gentle cleanser by neutrogena. If you ask you dermatologist, he or she may give you samples so you can try some of them. ...Read more
There's stronger...: Being a teen is hard enough without intractable acne. Simple benzoyl peroxide is the best over-the-counter stuff, and your primary care physician can add something like topical Clindamycin which will be much more effective. The oral contraceptive pill often stops acne for women who want and can take it. There's much stronger stuff for you as well. Good luck. ...Read more
Pregnancy acne: Wash your face twice a day. Be gentle and use a mild cleanser with lukewarm water. If you have oily hair, shampoo daily. Be careful to keep hair off your face. Avoid picking, scratching, popping or squeezing acne sores. These habits can spread infection and potentially cause scarring.If you use cosmetics, stick to oil-free products. Look for descriptions such as water-based or noncomedogenic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
More info needed: Is this a scar or pimple? Flat or raised? Please repost with more detail. ...Read more
I have been using the acne medication, neutrogena oil-free acne wash for maybe 3 or stop using the acne wash?
Can you clarify?: This is very weak stuff and if you're still having acne, move to something stronger. Salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and/or retinoic acid are your best friends. If they don't clear you in a few weeks, or if you have severe acne or it's on your trunk, your physician can add something stronger that will work. Best wishes. ...Read more
I have been battling with acne since I was a teenager. I've run out of ideas of what to do. Any suggestions on what kind of acne wash I should use?
Acne: Its ok to mix brands, but be careful, you may dry out your skin because many will have the same chemical ingredients in them. ...Read more