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What is the best way to prevent and treat acne?

What is the best way to prevent and treat acne?

Individual program: Acne is very complex and treatment highly variable. Important to find a good dermatologist who's willing to work with you to understand what works best on your particular skin. There is no one method that works on everyone. There's a lot of trial and error involved. Also your skin changes thru out your life which will then require different treatments. ...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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How to prevent acne when I spend most time in a filthy environment and what is the best natural cleanser?

How to prevent acne when I spend most time in a filthy environment and what is the best natural cleanser?

Filth doesn't = acne: Acne occurs when skin glands produce more oil, but the openings of the glands are blocked by little plugs of dead skin cells (comedones). Skin oils leak sideways into the skin, causing inflammation that brings in lots of white blood cells, forming a pustule. Dirt (filth) doesn't cause acne but some chemicals, hormone changes, emotional stress, some medications, or excess skin rubbing can cause it. ...Read more

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What's the best facial wash and shower foam to get rid of acne and prevent it? And what is good for acne scar? I tried so many and nothing works.

What's the best facial wash and shower foam to get rid of acne and prevent it? And what is good for acne scar? I tried so many and nothing works.

Acne: One facial wash is called Plexion Cleanser. However, facial washes by themselves are usually not that affective at treating acne. You would need other topical medication like Ziana or Epiduo. ...Read more

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What is the best product to prevent pimples and acne on face? My skin has mild sensitivity. Preferably facial cleanser i can use everyday. Thank you!

What is the best product to prevent pimples and acne on face? My skin has mild sensitivity. Preferably facial cleanser i can use everyday. Thank you!

Salicylic acid: Some product, notably a wash, that contains this. Sensitive skin or not, use it to the point you can tolerate. If you need something stronger, your physicain can discuss your many options. ...Read more

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What's the most effective way to prevent acne breakouts in new places?

What's the most effective way to prevent acne breakouts in new places?

Total management: It sounds like you have acne on your trunk. Hopefully you are already using topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated on affected areas, but extensive disease won't respond to anything short of systemic prescription rx for a time. Your personal physician needs to be involved in your care. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to prevent acne scars?

Is there a good way to prevent acne scars?

Prevention: By keeping acne under control in your teen years, you can minimize future scarring. Now we have much better treatment options for this, such as levulan. Once the scars are established, they are more difficult to treat, and may require laser, chemical peel, subcision, or a number of other therapies. ...Read more

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Easiest way to remove and prevent acne?

Easiest way to remove and prevent acne?

Not an easy answer: Maybe "choose your parents wisely?" also take dairy out of diet. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some way to clear up or prevent hormonal acne?

Can you tell me some way to clear up or prevent hormonal acne?

Benzoyl peroxide: Apply as tolerated. This will control the less severe cases; your physician may have something else to add that's right for you if it is not sufficient. ...Read more

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How to prevent acne?

How to prevent acne?

Treat it: We do not "prevent" acne. But we are very good at treating and controlling it. A dermatologist will help you. ...Read more

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How do I prevent acne?

How do I prevent acne?

See below: Accurate diary of food intake. Lowering sugary and starchy foods will lead to improvement. Inflammation caused by food is number one cause. Of course keeping your skin clean has a positive effect. ...Read more

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How i can prevent acne?

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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How can I prevent facial acne?

Scientific Rx: Acne is a chronic, non-lifestyle-related, non-hygiene-related, recurrent, serious disease that eventually self-cures. Until then, if you think you are prone to an outbreak, use a salicylic-acid based wash or topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated. Ignore "pop" ideas and advice. ...Read more

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What are some steps to prevent acne?

What are some steps to prevent acne?

Different options: For over the counter methods try using products that have benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alcohol, and acetone. For prescription treatments you may be prescribed antibiotics, retinoids or vitamin a derivatives, azelaic acid, oral contraceptives, or spironolactone. Always ask a dermatologist about the possible affects and the risks vs benefits of each treatment. Make sure it's best for you. ...Read more

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Are there natural ways to prevent acne?

Are there natural ways to prevent acne?

No: Despite anecdotes and ads, no "holistic" remedy helps much. I start with topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative. If needed after a few weeks, consider adding an oral antibiotic such as Erythromycin or tetracycline / Minocycline as suitable for the individual. Dermatologists have the big guns -- accutane, lasers. Freedom from acne should be a person's right. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can you prevent acne after its gone?

Chronic disease: Often a low dose of maintenance tetracycline by mouth is enough to manage it without the inconvenience of applying topical agents daily. Your physician is your guide here. ...Read more

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Can a good diet really help prevent acne?

No: I was surprised too, but the controlled studies all seem to agree over the past decades. All acne's treatable nowadays by scientific methods. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

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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