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Best Way To Prevent 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 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!
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
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
Is there any way to prevent acne on the lower abdominal region post sex besides keeping a clothing barrier on during?
Yes: Do not shave so close and do not shave against the grain-the direction of hair growth. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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