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Best Acne Over The Counter
Benzoyl peroxide: It is your best friend. Use as tolerated. If you're not clear in two weeks, you will need prescription-strength rx. ...Read more
Benzoyl peroxide: For treatment of acne, any brand of over-the-counter Benzoyl Peroxide Gel or cream is quite helpful. An acne "wash" is not needed. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel or cream such as Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) gel. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or differin gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral antibiotics such as tetracycline can be used also. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Salicylic acid /BPO: Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are the main active ingredients in most of the over the counter acne medications. You choose what strength you want for each, up to 3% for sa and up to 10% for bpo. Sometimes the combination of both can help. If you are no better within 6-8 weeks, call your doctor for help. ...Read more
What is the best way to treat systic acne? I have tried over-the-counter solutions and percriptions, even no make up. Nothing has helped.
Strong Rx: Even oral Doxycycline will not clear cystic acne, and although the oral contraceptive pill sometimes works, i see that in your case it has not. It's time to hunker down and ask yourself whether you are willing to make a trial of Isotretinoin if a dermatologist offers it to you. It is not totally safe, and it is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Get seen and discuss this option forthrightly. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What I Recommend: Neutrogena body clear body wash twice daily. After wash, alternate neutrogena body clear body spray with a 10% Alpha hydroxy acid moisturizer (acne.Org has a good one). Good hygiene is also important, so make sure you shower and change clothes right away after a work-out. The degree of body acne can vary, if its irritated or severe you may need to see a doctor for a more thorough evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cetaphil: I generally recommend cetaphil daily facial cleanser. Basis is another excellent soap. ...Read more
OTC acne products: Typically if your scars do not recede in a few months you should invest in physician grade products that can help improve your acne and prevent scarring. Alpha hydroxy's and Retin-A can help exfoliate your skin, hydroquinone can help lighten scars; and if more severe you may needs peels or lasers to even out the scars. Good diet, water, vitamin d and b can help the skin heal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acne cleanser: Cetaphil would be better.Get a more detailed answer ›
What is the best over the counter medication/product that will get rid of keloids caused by acne on my chest ?
OTC Keloid TX?: NONE! See a surgeon to evaluate..Get a more detailed answer ›
Nothing will work: I'm really sorry your acne was neglected and you had scarring. If you still have active disease, get it managed by a competent physician. Unlike in the past, you're now basically an adult and can pick up the telephone and schedule an appointment. Until you get seen, use benzoyl peroxide as tolerated. Your scars can be managed with filler, laser, or microsurgery if you wish. ...Read more
I'm 14 weeks pregnant and i've noticed that i'm getting a lot of acne. Over the counter ance wash is not working. What should I do?
Acne and pregnancy: There are several things that can be used to help. Over the counter, try a 2% salicylic acid wash. There are prescriptions options of using a topical antibiotic gel or a short course of oral antibiotics can be used to get the initial pustular outbreaks under control. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Since I have oily skin on my face is there a way I can get rid of my acne ? Over the counter products such as oxy pads doesn't work for me.
Which ones?: It's very difficult to answer broad open ended questions. Let's assume that you're referring to prescription acne medications. By definition, all have to effective to be approved by FDA for use in States. There has to be some level of safety too. However, some are safer than others. For instance, isotretinoin is safe for female but poses significant birth defect risk. Over-the-counter non-prescrpt ...Read more
Does diet affect acne? No over-the-counter medications work for me, so should I start eating very healthy? I'm a teen.
Need prescription: Over the counter products are either benzoyl peroxide such as proactive or salicylic acid found in maxclaroty. These will not be very effective in severe acne. This will require a cpmbnoation of creams such as a retinoid, and possibly oral medications. This requires vist to dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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