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Best Over Counter Products Severe Acne Blemishes
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
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 ›
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
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
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
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
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
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
Acne cleanser: Cetaphil would be better.Get a more detailed answer ›
Cetaphil: I generally recommend cetaphil daily facial cleanser. Basis is another excellent soap. ...Read more
What is the difference between dark spots, blemishes, acnes, scars & pimples? How do they form? Which skin type suffers what? Over the counter drugs?
Manage it: Multiple pimples is usually acne; blemishes is a "pop" euphemism for acne and it leaves dark spots. Before you or someone you care about ends up with scars, manage it. Forget about "skin types" or trying to figure out "why". If topical benzoyl peroxide or retinoic acid hasn't cleared you in two weeks, you need to add prescription-strength Rx from your physician. ...Read more
Is Proactiv really good for acne on chin and forehead? Those are my problem areas and very noticeable blackheads. Tried many over-the-counter product
Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'. ...Read more
I'm a 13y/o girl with horrible acne! Tried every home remedie and over-the-counter product. These pimples and zits are shattering my self asteem, help!
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 have a lot of scars from acne on my face, is there any over-the-counter product that actually works to get rid of these?
Can I use azaderm (azelaic acid) as an over-the-counter product to remove post acne inflammatory hyperpigmentation red marks?
Won't work: It's not a bad option for preventing new lesions from forming. The red and/or pigmented lesions need to fade over time. If you are still getting lesions, and topical agents aren't clearing them, please get with your physician. ...Read more
I have dark spots from acne scars on my face. I need to clear them out. Is there any home remedy or over the counter product I can use to do so?
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
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
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.
No: Moisture is not the opposite of oil. Drinking lots of water and treating scaling skin that is peeling due to side effects of acne medication or skin products helps the skin look its best while going through treatment. Also it allows you to modify how often and the amount of medication you use. ...Read more
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
I have bad painful acne, nothing over-the-counter helps even minimise breakouts, it actually worsens it. What, if anything, can I do?
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