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Can you tell me about the best acne cream to buy over the counter?

Can you tell me about the best acne cream to buy 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

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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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What are some of the best over-the-counter acne products that you recommend?

What are some of the best over-the-counter acne products that you recommend?

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 more

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Which over-the-counter products are best for acne skin?

Which over-the-counter products are best for acne skin?

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

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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.

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 more

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What is the best over-the-counter body wash for oily skin and body acne?

What is the best over-the-counter body wash for oily skin and body acne?

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 more

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What's the best Over The Counter treatment for Acne (oily skin)?

What's the best Over The Counter treatment for Acne (oily skin)?

Acne: Hi RizchaP,
There are several commercially available products but generally, good skin hygiene includes washing frequently with a mild soap and drying. Ointments containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid (which is the active ingredient of aspirin). ...Read more

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What's the best medication over-the-counter for acne blemishes/scar removal?

What's the best medication over-the-counter for acne blemishes/scar removal?

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 more

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What is the best over-the-counter treatment for old acne scars?

What is the best over-the-counter treatment for old acne scars?

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

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Best over the counter cream for acne marks on face? On Diane which has cleared pimples but blemishes on my face are dark from previous pimples

Best over the counter cream for acne marks on face? On Diane which has cleared pimples but blemishes on my face are dark from previous pimples

Acne scars: Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation from acne can be treated by one of the following
- Alpha Hydroxy acid
- Hydroquinone
- Topical retinoids
- Azelaic acid

Other modalities include chemical peels and microdermabrasion.

Discuss with your Dermatologist ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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Are acne pills safe and effective? What kind do you prefer over the counter or in stores/online?

Are acne pills safe and effective? What kind do you prefer over the counter or in stores/online?

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

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Does diet affect acne? No over-the-counter medications work for me, so should I start eating very healthy? I'm a teen.

Does diet affect acne? No over-the-counter medications work for me, so should I start eating very healthy? I'm a teen.

Avoid: Fast food. Other than that - there's not a major link between diet and acne. Best to see a dermatologist to get you on a program to get the acne under control, if the simple otc products haven't worked for you. ...Read more

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Over the counter creams for extreme acne?

Over the counter creams for extreme acne?

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 more

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Is there any over-the-counter antibiotic for acne?

Is there any over-the-counter antibiotic for acne?

Not in the USA: And that's a good thing. If an antibiotic is used alone, the bacteria that are involved with causing the illness tend to become resistant. You might or might not be able to get a retinoic acid derivative without a prescription. A physician's office visit is in order anyway if your acne hasn't responded to the benzoyl peroxide regimen you've been using; there may be other choices as well. ...Read more

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Effective over-the-counter medicine for acne bumps?

Effective over-the-counter medicine for acne bumps?

AHA, BHA, BPO: Glycolic acid (aha, Alpha hydroxy acid), salicylic acid (bha, beta salicylic acid), lactic acid, urea, tea tree oil, benzoyl peroxide can all help with acne bumps. ...Read more

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Which over-the-counter cleanser helps with adult acne?

Which over-the-counter cleanser helps with adult acne?

Salicylic acid wash: Salicylic acid wash with a brush is very helpful to keep skin clear and maintain healthy pores. Using your hands will not completely get rid of your makeup. The facial brush is soft and allows the pores to clear when using the salicylic face wash. See your medspa doctor for a treatment plan to include laser skin care and products. ...Read more

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Is there any good simple over-the-counter control and cure for acne?

Is there any good simple over-the-counter control and cure for acne?

Not curable: Acne is unrealted to hygiene / lifestyle and you need to manage it until it self-cures. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated, and/or a salicylic acid wash and/or a topical retinoic acid derivative hasn't cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. ...Read more

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I have bad painful acne, nothing over-the-counter helps even minimise breakouts, it actually worsens it. What, if anything, can I do?

I have bad painful acne, nothing over-the-counter helps even minimise breakouts, it actually worsens it. What, if anything, can I do?

If..: If you have tried multiple over the counter remedies and nothing is helping, especially if acne is severe and painful, then it is time to visit a Dermatologist (Skin doctor) for treatment with antibiotics and more powerful medication. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Bad acne on my back. The rest of my body is okay. I use over the counter topical meds, it goes away, comes right back couple weeks later. Advice?

See dermatologist: Back is tough place to appy topicals. See the dermatologist for best treatment. May want to start with oral antibiotics, you may need to end up at Accutane ...Read more

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What should I look for in an over-the-counter acne treatment?

What should I look for in an over-the-counter acne treatment?

OTC Acne meds: Something that smells good, works well and is portable. A bit of color is an additional plus so you can treat and camouflage at the same time! salicylic acid and low percentage benzoyl peroxide are common ingredients. ...Read more

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What is a great acne cleanser over the counter?

None are great: The best you can probably do with over the counter products is find a cleanser with 3% salicylic acid or 10% benzoyl peroxide. Of find both and alternate days. Acne is difficult to treat...Get help from a doc with experience and be patient. You may need a lot more than cleansers to fix acne. ...Read more

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What is a good over-the-counter cream for acne pores?

What is a good over-the-counter cream for acne pores?

Keep it clean: Keeping your face clean and not oily is the key.

http://www. Webmd. Com/beauty/skin-glow-13/minimize-pores ...Read more

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Where can I buy over the counter Salicylic acid for acne? Thanks

Where can I buy over the counter Salicylic acid for acne? Thanks

See A Doctor Too: Topical Salicylic Acid for the treatment of Acne can be found over the counter as Neutrogena acne products, also Clean and Clear products. Each brand makes several types including face wash, moisturizers, and astringents so do read the labels to confirm ingredients. Successful Acne treatment typically requires long term management and best outcomes are achieved under regular care of a doctor. ...Read more

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Can over-the-counter acne treatments expire? Like 4 months. Is it still good to use?

Can over-the-counter acne treatments expire? Like 4 months. Is it still good to use?

Yes, use it: Medication manufacturers are required to put expiration dates on their products but that doesn't mean the drug stops working immediately after that date. If medications are stored properly there is still residual effect left in them. I would not recommend using significantly outdated medications but that is not a problem in this case. ...Read more

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I have very persistent acne. Tried prescription and over the counter meds and creams. What now?

I have very persistent acne. Tried prescription and over the counter meds and creams. What now?

Come up with plan: Unfortunately for some, acne is not just a transitional problem of the teen years. Some will face recurrent issues until their 40's. Work out a plan with your doc or a dermatologist and plan to keep it in effect for as long as needed. If your skin is one of the persistent group, there is no simple cure that will stop it. ...Read more

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Hi doctor I have acne flareups, any over the counter medicines you would recommend that doesn't upset my skin?

Hi doctor I have acne flareups, any over the counter medicines you would recommend that doesn't upset my skin?

See a dermatologist: Not everybody is the same. Usually the best therapies for adult women with acne are prescriptions. Your menstrual history and use of any birth control are important factors. Tretinoin gel or cream. Oral spironolactone. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter creams can really work on reducing the appearance of acne scars?

Acne scars: These can be very difficult problems depending on the depth. I recommend you see a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Over the counter creams really provide very little in most instances. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

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Facial Pimples (Definition)

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