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Benzoyl Peroxide For Whiteheads
Is mandelic acid effective at treating acne and whiteheads? How effective is it in comparison to benzoyl peroxide?
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
Too weak: If you call it bad, you. Need to get with a competent physician now. Clear aril is weak and pricey. We can manage you. ...Read more
Any BP gel or lotion: Otc benzoyl peroxide is a good treatment for mild acne. It kills p. Acnes, the bacteria involved in the formation of acne. It works well in combination with other treatments, such as antibiotic gels. Any cream may have irritating side effects in some unlucky people, and/or lead to uneven skin tones in darker-skinned people. One can start with every-other-day use and increase if no skin irritation. ...Read more
Yes: Hopefully your skin can tolerate it. If you require something stronger, ask your personal physician. ...Read more
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
I've been using benzoyl peroxide for about a month and my acne has only gotten worse. Why? Should I stop using it?
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
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
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