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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

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

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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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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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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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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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 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

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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

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

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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!

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!

Family Practice: Acne can be harmful with your self esteem. But it can cause scaring if not properly treated. If otc medication is ineffective rx medication may be helpful. Your dr may prescribe an oral and topical antibiotic for you. ...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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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

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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?

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?

Bleach: The brown, but not the red, marks may respond to a hydroquinone bleach, but be careful and use sparingly. Preventing new lesions using scientific Rx is more important now. Best wishes. ...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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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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Wouldn't it be counter intuitive to use oil-free moisturizing acne medicine?

Wouldn't it be counter intuitive to use oil-free moisturizing acne medicine?

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

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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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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

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more


Dr. Marsha Davis
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Facial Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more