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Can using a salicylic acid face wash and prescription topical acne medication cause acne breakouts?

Can using a salicylic acid face wash and prescription topical acne medication cause acne breakouts?

It can exacerbate sx: It is possible that topic treatment can exacerbate sx. Cleaning up your diet, removing junk and fatty foods, increase water intake, and adding probiotics as well as cleaning up any stool pbms . Rosacea is actually caused by a little bug and requires specif treatment, dermatology consult indicated. ...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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Do acne medications contain hormones?

Do acne medications contain hormones?

Depends: Some women see improvement in acne when they take hormonal contraceptives.That said, none of the topically applied creams contain hormones. ...Read more

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What activities or remedies can help keep pores unclogged to avoid acne? Are noncomedogenic makeups, lotions, or oils effective?

What activities or remedies can help keep pores unclogged to avoid acne?  Are noncomedogenic makeups, lotions, or oils effective?

Myth: The idea that acne is caused by "clogged pores" is simplistic. I trust you are otherwise healthy; if you're a woman in your 30s and are asking about acne, ask yourself about other evidence of hormonal disturbance. Forget "pop" acne remedies. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician for something that can & manage till it self-cures. Best wishes ...Read more

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Using creams like acnederm resolveplus and doxydar and nephron tabs (doxycycline hyclate). Any advice about using these acne meds to cure pimples?

Using creams like acnederm resolveplus and doxydar and nephron tabs (doxycycline hyclate). Any advice about using these acne meds to cure pimples?

No cure: There are only treatment for pimples but no cures. I do not know what dose of antibiotics you are on and how your skin is doing. The medicines you are using are good and if you are not happy with how your acne is responding you need to talk to your physician. ...Read more

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Can dairy products interact with antiepileptic medication?

Can dairy products interact with antiepileptic medication?

Yes: Yes they can but it depends on which medications you are taking. Not all anti epileptic medications will be effected. Ask your pharmacist or doctor about your specific medications. ...Read more

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Are these acne treatment medications (benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) gel and differin cream 0.1%) effective?

Are these acne treatment medications (benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) gel and differin cream 0.1%) effective?

Acne: Both can be effective, although through different actions. Benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) is more effective with acne causing bacteria. Differing is a retinoid. Uses in conjunction, they can be very effective. But, it's all trial and error. ...Read more

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Are cleansers and moisturizers containing alcohol & fragrance bad for acne-prone skin?

Are cleansers and moisturizers containing alcohol & fragrance bad for acne-prone skin?

Alcohol? No. : Alcohol is a good cleanser. Fragrances can contain so many substances that you have no idea what you may be sensitive to. Keep it simple. One ingredient at a time. ...Read more

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Can there be anyway to prevent acne besides taking medications or using creams?

Can there be anyway to prevent acne besides taking medications or using creams?

No: Acne is a serious, chronic disease. Unlike many other common diseases, lifestyle considerations have little impact for better or worse. The internet is full of crazy suggestions -- sleeping with your face smeared with honey is typical; perhaps the author was a prankster. You'll be disappointed. Be glad that effective treatment exists. ...Read more

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Can you suggest any alternative acne treatment for people who cannot use benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid?

Can you suggest any alternative acne treatment for people who cannot use benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid?

Retin A, (tretinoin)ANTIBIOTICS;: Those patients who can not use benzyl peroxide or salicylic acid, can be treated with retin a (tretinoin) cream and topical antibiotics like Erythromycin or clindamycine. Other alternative therapies which may be effective are manuka honey te tree oil brewers yeast bittersweet night shade some of these have been approved in europe.But discuss with your doctor or dermatologist what is best for you. ...Read more

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Can a dairy-free diet reduce acne breakouts/acne severity?

Can a dairy-free diet reduce acne breakouts/acne severity?

Not the key: Acne is only marginally related to diet and not at all to hygiene or lifestyle. You're wasting your time if you try to clear yourself with 'pop' experiments. Get some topical benzoyl peroxide, in a strength and frequency that you can tolerate. If you're not clear in two weeks, phone your physician for something to add. ...Read more

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Stubborn, mild acne not responding to antibiotics or topical creams. Accutane seems too extreme for non-cystic acne. Help?!

Stubborn, mild acne not responding to antibiotics or topical creams. Accutane seems too extreme for non-cystic acne. Help?!

Keep at it.: There are three main parts to approaching acne...1) reduce the amount of bacteria on skin.. 2) keep pores open...3) reduce oil production. Antibiotics can be topical and/or oral. Other surface treatments aim to reduce bacteria and/or keep pores open. Keep experimenting and working with your doctor until you find the right mix. It can take a few weeks to see improvement even with right mix. ...Read more

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What things such as lotions, antibiotics, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and food or drinks , make birth control less effective ?

What things such as lotions, antibiotics, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and food or drinks , make birth control less effective ?

Mainly antibiotics: Antibiotics may affect the bacteria in the gut that can interfere with absorbing the pill. There are some meds that alter gastric motility and that can affect things as well. ...Read more

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Plz suggest me some ointments to reduce acne and acne scars?I am using eromycin lotion

Plz suggest me some ointments to reduce acne and acne scars?I am using eromycin lotion

Improve not remove: Salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and topicsl antibiotics prescribed by your dermatologist may all help to improve scars i'm addition to surgical interventions and/or resurfacing techniques. ...Read more

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Can glycerin in face/skin/makeup products cause acne. i have acne prone combination skin.

Can glycerin in face/skin/makeup products cause acne. i have acne prone combination skin.

Hypoallergenic: make up is best. Toxins in makeup goes in through the skin. One example is high lead levels in lipstick. Search for goo quality because some companies use the term "hypoallergenic" as a marketing tool. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can salicylic acid work in helping control acne?

Can salicylic acid work in helping control acne?

Yes: Salicylic acid has been used both in a variety of bases and mixed with other agents for the control of acne. It is drying and causes peeling of the skin. It should be used with the advice of your dermatologist to insure the proper product and dosage. ...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