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Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Agent
Is it safe to get a facial while taking prescription acne medications benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin ?
A common human skin disease characterized by areas of scaly red skin (seborrhea) with blackheads/whiteheads (comedones) , pinheads (papules), large papules (nodules), pimples & possibly scarring. Occurs mostly on face, upper chest & back. Treated with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic ...Read more
Clearing pores: Benzoyl peroxide is a drying agent that kills the bacteria causing acne. Salicylic acid removes dead skin, unclogs pores, and kills the bacteria. Salicylic acid is more effective than benzoyl peroxide in clearing the pores. It also has less side-effects that benzoyl peroxide. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acne: All of the medicines are safe and effective for acne. They work by different mechanisms and i often use all of them together. As topical agents, however they are weaker than internal antibiotics for cystic acne. And are often combined with them. Topical medicines can be irritating to the skin so their use and dose often have to be adjusted by your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi, I have been using benzoyl peroxide for approx 50 days. I am now using it every other day but acne is starting to reappear if i stop. What do I do?
Keep using it: Acne can't be cured but can be controlled. I see you are also using topical clindamycin, which you should not be using without daily benzoyl peroxide as well. Eventually your acne will remit as you get older, but there's no predicting when. I'm glad you got a good result with a relatively mild regimen, and hope it will continue to be enough. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Kills bacteria: Benzoyl peroxide creates oxygen when in contact with skin. The bacteria causing acne cannot live in the presence of oxygen so actually dies. It also assists in removing dead cells that cause the pores to get plugged which also leads to acne formation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Even after an acne course of one month consisting of benzoyl peroxide and some other medicines,acne isn't completely gone,what to do now?
What other meds?: It's only been a month, and often when started on appropriate therapy the acne will get worse before it gets better. However, if you feel the "some other meds" are not working, then you need to return to the doctor/dermatologist.There may be stronger forms of those meds - rarely do docs start you on the strongest ones right away. There may also be different options - I don't know what they've used ...Read more
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