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What are some home remedies for back acne and back acne scars?

What are some home remedies for back acne and back acne scars?

Some help: Regular use of antibacterial soap helps dry skin & kill off some bacteria residing there. Loofah or scrub brush to help remove dead skin. Sunshine (it's 24f here today) exposure helps some. Astringent ("witch hazel" etc.) can dry & kill bacteria as well. If these don't improve it, will need to see dermatologist for meds. ...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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At home remedies suggested for getting rid of acne scars?

At home remedies suggested for getting rid of acne scars?

Home tx acne scars: I know of nothing effective that you can do at home for acne scars. Invest in a consultation with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to find effective remedies. ...Read more

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What's the most effective home acne treatment?

What's the most effective home acne treatment?

Benzoyl peroxide: This is the best that's over the counter but not nearly so helpful as something as simple as topical Clindamycin with or without BP or a retinoic acid derivative -- i'll use the latter if there are many blackheads. If your acne is worse, a systemic antibiotic can help, and a dermatologist can use the big guns. You shouldn't need to rely on a home remedy even in our loony health care system. ...Read more

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What is the best home remedy for back acne?

What is the best home remedy for back acne?

Benzoyl peroxide.: I like the benzoyl peroxide washes. They come in a variety of strengths and are best when lathered onto the skin during the shower and allowed to sit for a minute or 2 before rinsing. These used to be prescription washes, but were taken to over the counter status about 2 years ago so they are readily available to the consumer. ...Read more

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I took laser treatment for severe acne at the age 15. One year later pimples grew again although not severe. What is 1 final treatment for acne?

I took laser treatment for  severe acne at the age 15. One year later pimples grew again although not severe. What is 1 final treatment for acne?

Isotretinoin: Isotretinoin (trade name: accutane) is a powerful drug used in the treatment of acne. Four to five months of Accutane treatment usually leads to clearing of acne. It is a potent medication that is very effective for nearly all types of breakouts. Accutane is needed for moderate to severe acne that has failed other treatments. It should be used for a severe, scarring acne. ...Read more

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Can you share any home remedies for back acne scars (keloids)?

Can you share any home remedies for back acne scars (keloids)?

None will work: I am very sorry that you ended with keloidal acne scars. This didn't need to happen. If your family's devotion to "natural healing" caused them to neglect this serious and permanently disfiguring disease, i hope this will cause you to wise up and recognize how wrong they were not to get you a real rx. Get with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon -- it's likely they maybe able to help some. ...Read more

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What's a home remedy for wrinkles on the face?

What's a home remedy for wrinkles on the face?

Tons!: There are tons of home remedies out there, the problem is nobody knows if they work because they are not typically studied.Seeking help from a plastic surgeon or dermatologist is best. Products that patients have tried and say "work" include Manuka Honey Masks, and a green tea mask. Both of these are used in skin care products so it makes sense they might help on their own. Ever think about Botox? ...Read more

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At home cure for a staph and strep outbreak on skin?

At home cure for a staph and strep outbreak on skin?

Dilute bleach baths: While oral or topical antibiotics would be preferred, you may want to try dilute bleach baths. www.seattlechildrens.org/pdf/pe1131.pdf. ...Read more

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Home remedies for blemishes and acne?

Home remedies for blemishes and acne?

Only 2: Benzoyl peroxide and salicyclic acid are all that is available over the counter. See dermatologist if this does not work. ...Read more

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What are home treatments for acne craters?

What are home treatments for acne craters?

It depends on the craters: Are these mountains or are these molehills? If you have severe scarring acting you are going to end up needing a dermatologist for dermabrasion. If you just have bad acne with some cysts and scarring you may do well with a antibiotic and some over-the-counter medication such as benzyl peroxide. It really depends on what it looks like ...Read more

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At home remedies for cuts on face, what to do?

At home remedies for cuts on face, what to do?

Honey has: antiseptic qualities. A little dab ll do ya. ...Read more

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Please describe a good home remedy for bad acne on the back, shoulders, chest, face, and neck?

A better idea: Your question implies rather severe acne. I'm not aware of home remedies that are particularly effective on acne this bad. My suggestion is to have a doctor (primary care or dermatology) evaluate and treat. Acne can be emotionally and physically scarring! ...Read more

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At home and with my doctor.Can you suggest some inexpensive home remedies for fibromyalgia pain?

At home and with my doctor.Can you suggest some inexpensive home remedies for fibromyalgia pain?

Not much available: There are really no home remedies for fm other than aerobic exercising and better handling of stress. ...Read more

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What are the nest home remedies for acne?

Get a real Rx: The powerful and effective remedies that scientific physicians use for acne are derivatives of vitamin a or natural antibiotics -- both gifts from mother nature. Especially if you are responsible for the emotional and physical health of a teenager, get the patient to a scientific physican -- negligence here will result in a lifetime of regrets / resentment. ...Read more

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Can acne come back after 6-months of Isotetroin (acne medication) ?

Can acne come back after 6-months of Isotetroin (acne medication) ?

Yes: At a listed age of 21, you may be thinking that you should be past the "acne age". However, a subset of people will face acne well into their 30's.My sibling went through 2 rounds of isotretinoin in her thirties before she aged out of it. ...Read more

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What's recommended as a cure for my acne and fade dark marks at 17?

What's recommended as a cure for my acne and fade dark marks at 17?

Scientific Rx: Two weeks trial of topical benzoyl peroxide alone. This clears most mild acne. If not clear, physician's office visit. Options may include topical retinoic acid derivative, topical clindamycin, the oral contraceptive pill for a woman who can take it, and/or an appropriate systemic antibiotic right for the patient. Tough cases referred for isotretinoin. Manage as a chronic disease. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can there be any type of home remedy and or acne treatment that can get rid of pimples overnight?

Can there be any type of home remedy and or acne treatment that can get rid of pimples overnight?

Red marks: To paraphrase, anyone who tells you they can rid you of acne overnight is selling something. Acne is a problem of months and years. There is no quick fix. There are good treatments to be had at every drugstore starting with benzoyl peroxide creams and mild cleansers. Irritated skin will need makeup: coverup/touchup cream if a perfect complexion is needed instantly. ...Read more

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Tiny pimples on my nose and chin. Not acne but can I still use my acne treatment on this?

Tiny pimples on my nose and chin. Not acne but can I still use my acne treatment on this?

Sure it is acne?: While these little bumps maybe acne lesions possible that you also have tiny cysts that are called millium. Ask your doctor what they are. ...Read more

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I am nearing the end of month 4 on Accutane and my back acne has not changed. How come?

I am nearing the end of month 4 on Accutane and my back acne has not changed. How come?

Dose too low: Accutane can be a god send, but it is very hard to use. Generally, you have to push the dose to the point of intolerance and then maintain the treatment at that dose for 20 weeks. In other words, if you tolerated the treatment well, you may not have had a high enough dose. Some people can not get the dose high enough due to dangerous side effects. Blood tests may indicate you can't go higher. ...Read more

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Can you be put on Accutane if oral antibiotics don't do well ? I have severe back acne but mild facial acne, so i'm not really sure.

Can you be put on Accutane if oral antibiotics don't do well ? I have severe back acne but mild facial acne, so i'm not really sure.

Yes: Accutane was developed for patients like you who have severe acne and haven't responded to oral antibiotics. Acne on the back takes longer to improve with accutane, so be patient if you are placed on it. Almost all patients do well with this medication. ...Read more

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What is the criteria needed to be put on Accutane ? I have severe back acne, and mild facial acne with some red acne marks.

What is the criteria needed to be put on Accutane ? I have severe back acne, and mild facial acne with some red acne marks.

Failure: You ought to have been placed on failed topical and/or oral antibitics for a sufficient period of time. Topical approaches such as benzoyl peroxide foams combined with topical antibiotics can often be very effective. If you fail these, then Accutane is certainly a reasonable option. ...Read more

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I have severe back acne but mild face acne, oral antibiotics showed little improvements, is it safe to go on Accutane although my face isn't severe ?

Probably safe: It is better to take Accutane if you have very severe cyctic acne. But Accutane is a strong medication with well known complications. You should consult with a doctor first. Thanks. ...Read more

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No more pimples, still on accutane, but I have red acne scars on my cheeks and redness uneven skintone. Any treatments i can do ? I have wedding soon

No more pimples, still on accutane, but I have red acne scars on my cheeks and redness uneven skintone. Any treatments i can do ? I have wedding soon

Ease up on RetinA: You state that you are on Accutane but your history states you are on retin a (tretinoin) as well. You may want to ease up on the retin a (tretinoin) as that may be responsible for your redness. Some patients love and swear by relight therapy but the science is lacking. Nor surgical interventions can be done because of the Accutane so cosmetics may be your best option. ...Read more

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I have sever back acne i mean backne on my back. what is the best treatment for this?

I have sever back acne i mean backne on my back. what is the best treatment for this?

Serious Rx: In addition to a good topical agent such as benzoyl peroxide and/or retinoic acid, you'll need at least some systemic therapy, perhaps with tetracycline. Alternatively, this may be time for you to consider isotretinoin. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is the best non-prescription treatment for back acne? My bad and shoulders break out all the time. Any suggestions?

What is the best non-prescription treatment for back acne? My bad and shoulders break out all the time. Any suggestions?

Avoidance: Sometimes just avoiding shampoos with parabens will help.That chemical is a common preservative in shampoos but can irritate skin in some people. ...Read more

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Is there a successful treatment for acne caused by trt therapy? I am a mid 30s male with horrible back acne caused by the testosterone therapy.

Is there a successful treatment for acne caused by trt therapy?  I am a mid 30s male with horrible back acne caused by the testosterone therapy.

Acne: There are many treatments for acne . I also wonder if your testosterone treatment is perhaps on the high side. Please make an appointment to be seen and discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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Why i have persistent acne and pimples on my back? Suggest some medicine or treatment.

Why i have persistent acne and pimples on my back? Suggest some medicine or treatment.

Try OTC first: Try over the counter medications first. Salicylic acid is the main ingredient in most anti-acne medications and can be used daily on affected areas. If this does not work, the next step would be benzoyl peroxide wash. Just make sure to look at the ingredients label on products at the store. If your acne is more severe or does not improve, consider a trip to your doctor for stronger medication. ...Read more

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Acne treatment for the back?

Acne treatment for the back?

Several types: It really depends on the type of acne and severity of the acne. If is is moderate to severe, oral antibiotics with topical treatments prescribed by a dermatologist is necessary. If it is very severe, Accutane may be necessary. It is is mild, topical prescriptions may help alon. ...Read more

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What's the most effective home acne treatment?

Benzoyl peroxide: This is the best that's over the counter but not nearly so helpful as something as simple as topical Clindamycin with or without BP or a retinoic acid derivative -- i'll use the latter if there are many blackheads. If your acne is worse, a systemic antibiotic can help, and a dermatologist can use the big guns. You shouldn't need to rely on a home remedy even in our loony health care system. ...Read more

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Do you thik Accutane is a good treatment for the acne in the chest and the back ?

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Yes but only if . . : Only if you're willing to tolerate side effects and very strict requirements for taking it. Remember that Isotretinoin is associated w/birth defects. That's why you need to promise to use 2 forms of birth control regularly. If you can't, then it's not worth risk of delivering baby w/physical deformities. Discuss your options w/your dermatologist. Only you can decide if it's appropriate for u. ...Read more

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My Friend's experiencing pimples and acne daily.is there any home treatment she can try?already cleaning face with good acne wash 2x daily.thank you!

My Friend's experiencing pimples and acne daily.is there any home treatment she can try?already cleaning face with good acne wash 2x daily.thank you!

Be careful: Vitamin A toxicity can develop after 2 years of 50,000 IU daily with liver enlargement, ascites, portal hypertension, cirrhosis. That being said, Vitamin A has a number acne-fighting properties, mostly in the form of retinol. ...Read more

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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