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Is the tea tree blemish gel helpful for acne scars?

Is the tea tree blemish gel helpful for acne scars?

No: Tea tree oil is anti-inflammatory and a scar is by definition the end product of inflammation. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A common skin condition that causes red or white raised pimples, especially on the face, chest and back. Caused when the sebaceous glands in the skin ...Read more


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Is murad a good product for acne dark spot and hyperpigmentation ?

Is murad a good product for acne dark spot  and hyperpigmentation ?

Spots off: The murad rapid age spot product is what i believe you are referring to contains glycolic acid and 2% hydroquinone which is the allowable over the counter percentage. Dark spot or hyperpigmentation from acne is addressed by three things ideally, tretinoin to exfoliate, hydroquinone to lighten (i prefer 4%) and ipl to ablate the pigment in the lesions. Then sunblock always, always, always. Repeat. ...Read more

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Mela face wash is only use for acne ?? Not for pigmentation

See a doctor: If you have pigmentation problems, there are no over the counter treatments that will help. Using a skin product with hydroquinone 4% coupled with chemical peels and possibly other prescription products will help. Using sunblock will decrease the degree of further pigmentation. Good luck ...Read more

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Does retin a (tretinoin) help small ice pick scars from acne ?? Or proactive dark spot corrector?

Does retin a (tretinoin)  help small ice pick scars from acne ?? Or proactive dark spot corrector?

1st Fix Acne: If the 'ice pick scars have pigmentation (dark discoloration) associated with them, the products may help subtlety with the pigment, but not the indentations. These types of scars are typically difficult to treat. If they are not very deep, Microdermabrasion is used, but again, results are modest. The first priority is to have the acne under control. If so, fractional resurfacing works best. ...Read more

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Are home remedies effective in lightening acne blemishes? I wanted a natural solution for my blemishes. I have heard tomato juice helps. Does it?

Are home remedies effective in lightening acne blemishes? I wanted a natural solution for my blemishes. I have heard tomato juice helps. Does it?

Real Rx: My colleague gave you good advice about the active lesions. Postinflammatory pigmentation may stay around for several weeks. I would advise you against trying to lighten it with any of the hydroquinone skin bleaches; they're difficult to use and may make things look worse. The key is managingthe active disease -- use a scientific rather than "pop" treatment. ...Read more

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Do momate cream cures acne and acne spots?

Do momate cream cures acne and acne spots?

Terrible idea: This is a glucocorticoid and will give the bacteria that cause acne a growth advantage. This is one of the worst things you can do for acne. This is serious business, not something for home remedies using prescription-strength medications. Please get with a competent physician for guidance. ...Read more

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Is green tea helpful in healing acne and acne scars?

Is green tea helpful in healing acne and acne scars?

Snake oil alert: Its unlikely to be of any benefit for acne and almost certainly will have no effect on acne scarring. ...Read more

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Can I use tea tree oil to prevent acne on my face as its a natural alternate for benzyol peroxide? My skin type is oily

Can I use tea tree oil to prevent acne on my face as its a natural alternate for benzyol peroxide? My skin type is oily

Can work: Tea tree oil has some antiseptic properties and some studies have shown efficacy for treatment of acne. It's probably safest to use as a spot treatment. Some people can develop an allergic contact dermatitis to tea tree oil known as melaleuca oil dermatitis, so be careful. Consulting a dermatologist for acne treatment and management is recommended. ...Read more

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Please explain which face washes are good for acne , acne scars and large pores?

Please explain which face washes are good for acne , acne scars and large pores?

Salicylic acid: However, if you have real scars (depressed lesions), it won't be sufficient to clear you. You need to get with your personal physician before things get worse and worse. All acne can be managed, though it cannot be cured until it remits on its own. It is unrelated to lifestyle and only marginally to diet. ...Read more

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Is dermaplaning bad for acne? Will hair grow back blunter? Are blackheads different from acne? Is dermaplaning ok for ppl w blackheads? Dermatology.

Is dermaplaning bad for acne? Will hair grow back blunter? Are blackheads different from acne? Is dermaplaning ok for ppl w blackheads? Dermatology.

Yes, no, yes, maybe: Dermaplaning over active acne is not a good idea; it increases the risk of infection & scarring. Hair grows back normally, since dermaplaning is basically a very close shave. Blackheads are plugged oil glands, and the most basic lesion of acne, but blackheads by themselves are not acne per se. Dermaplaning will probably not make blackheads worse, but it is not a treatment for blackheads either. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use herb pharm original salve & or neem suva skin salve for pain, dry skin?

Is it ok to use herb pharm original salve & or neem suva skin salve for pain, dry skin?

Too many skin creams: Nobody knows the answer, because there are thousands and thousands of over-the-counter skin creams being sold all over the world. People put all sorts of herbal extracts, natural chemicals, and man-made chemicals into them, and claim they all do great things... But rarely is there any good human research testing done. So, if one has been using a cream and seeing benefits, it "may" be ok to use. ...Read more

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Is skinoren effective prescription for acne and red pigmentation?

Is skinoren effective prescription for acne and red pigmentation?

Azeleic acid: Topical benzoyl peroxide is more time-tested. Azeleic acid / skinoren won't tough the post-inflammatory redness but may help control the disease. If it fails, as it is likely to do, get with your physician. ...Read more

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My doctor has prescribed me salicylic acid gel cleanser and differin (adapalene) for my acne marks, do you think it's effective for acne marks?

My doctor has prescribed me salicylic acid gel cleanser and differin (adapalene) for my acne marks, do you think it's effective for acne marks?

Depends: This depends on the severity of the scars/marks. It is a good regimen for preventing new acne scars, but ones that are already present pose a different problem. If you have deep pits and scars from previous cystic lesions, even the salicylic acid may not be enough to remove these. You may want to work with a dermatologist or even a plastic surgeon if you have significant scarring. ...Read more

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What's recommended as a cure for my acne and fade dark marks at 17?

What's recommended as a cure for my acne and fade dark marks at 17?

Scientific Rx: Two weeks trial of topical benzoyl peroxide alone. This clears most mild acne. If not clear, physician's office visit. Options may include topical retinoic acid derivative, topical clindamycin, the oral contraceptive pill for a woman who can take it, and/or an appropriate systemic antibiotic right for the patient. Tough cases referred for isotretinoin. Manage as a chronic disease. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am 18 with acne scars & brown complexion please prescribe generic medicines and creams for spotless and fair skin?

I am 18 with acne scars & brown complexion
please prescribe generic medicines and creams for spotless and fair skin?

Benzoyl peroxide : Bpo is a good place to start--there are many good over the counter preparations that you can leave on overnight and it will control mild acne. If you have moderate to severe acne, you are probably better off seeing a dermatologist and getting on more potent, prescription medication. The "scarring" you have noticed may be post inflammatory pigment, which will fade over time. ...Read more

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Is benzoyl peroxide effective for acne my skin is oily I have few pimples but much of post acne hyper pigmentation red marks..

Is benzoyl peroxide effective for acne my skin is oily I have few pimples but much of post acne hyper pigmentation red marks..

Yes: Otc benzoyl peroxide 2% or 5% costs $5-10. Be careful: it will bleach clothing, towels, bed sheets. It is irritating & drying near lips & eyelids. If you control acne, you will slowly recover more normal color. A dermatologist can help with prescriptions. If you get branded benzoyl peroxide (proactiv) you will pay 10x more for same thing. ...Read more

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Do chocolate and black foods darken the acne marks?

Do chocolate and black foods darken the acne marks?

No: Pigments in foods have nothing to do with coloring of skin. Skin coloring has to do with amounts of melanin your skin cells produce. More likely you would benefit from using a strong sunscreen on your face each and every time you go outside, even if it's a cloudy day. The uv waves of light activate melanin, not foods. ...Read more

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My face has black point cause of acne! I wanna get it out my face?

My face has black point cause of acne! I wanna get it out my face?

Black dot acne: Those black dots are most likely open comedones, the fancy words for blackheads. These are actually brown, and turn color because enzymes in the skin turn them that color. It is not from being dirty. Gentle washcloth action in the shower, exfoliants like retinol and Retin-A and acne cleanings at your dermatologist's office will help. ...Read more

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How can I relieve acne/black heads affectively?

Comedone extractor: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day ; use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Exfoliate occasionally. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider otc products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). If > mild acne see dermatology. ...Read more

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Dryness of skin with some acne and black head..

Dryness of skin  with some acne and black head..

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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How can I effectively treat acne and black heads fast!?

How can I effectively treat acne and black heads fast!?

Retinoic acid: If there are a lot of blackheads, topical benzoyl peroxide is unlikely clear you, but a retinoic acid derivative topically may do the trick. Your physician should be in charge of this. If this is not sufficient, adding a topical or systemic antibiotic may work. For more serious disease, a dermatology consult is in order. Home remedies are adjuncts only. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Hello sir i have a acne and black head so please give solutuion to that?

Hello sir i have a acne and black head so please give solutuion to that?

OTC and prescription: For treatment of acne, if over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide is not helping, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel/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 OTC benzoyl peroxide. Oral antibiotics such as tetracycline can be used also. If severe, a dermatologist may use Accutane. (Birth control pills can help women.) ...Read more

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What to do if I do not have acne just a lot of black heads, how can I help this?

Retinoic acid: Topical retinoic acid derivatives are your best treatment. It's not pleasant but often works well. ...Read more

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Hello. I'm a 18 yo boy and i got a severe acne (black points). Can you give me some advices, please?

Hello. I'm a 18 yo boy and i got a severe acne (black points). Can you give me some advices, please?

Please check url: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/acne/basics/symptoms/con-20020580 Keep skin non oily. over the counter benzoyl peroxide products help, avoid oily foods, drink lots of water, keep hands off skin, use clean skin wipes for face. If worse or not controlled please consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I had acne years ago which left me with black or dark spots ?I am a black woman .What is going on?

I had acne years ago  which left me with black  or dark spots ?I am a black woman .What is going on?

P.I.H. : Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (pih) is a frequently encountered problem particularly in darker pigmented individuals including african americans or asians. Pih occurs as a result of inflammation to skin. Acne is common inflammatory diseases that results in pih, particularly if one picks at their lesions. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Hello, i have acne and black head in face i just got irritating on that.....so please give solution to that immediatly?

Acne: Sorry no immediate gratification. You do have extensive acne, you may need oral antibiotics, with or without topical retinoids and oral isotretinoin. Adherence to therapy for at least 3- 4 months is essential. See a Dermatologist for treatment plan. ...Read more

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I have acne and black heads on my face, and am using adapaline is it good?

I have acne and black heads on my face, and am using adapaline is it good?

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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Black head & acne om full face?

Black head & acne om full face?

Acne: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day ; use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Exfoliate occasionally. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider otc products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). If > mild acne see dermatology (discuss meds, comedone extractor, pore strips, etc.). ...Read more

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Acne , black heads , and shiny skin, what to do?

Acne , black heads , and shiny skin, what to do?

Scientific Rx: Especially if there are a lot of blackheads, a topical retinoic acid derivative may be a great initial treatment. If this does not clear the acne a topical or systemic antibiotic may be added for a while. Your physician is your best guide here. Acne is not lifestyle related, and must be managed until it remits on its own. ...Read more

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Could drinking black coffee daily be causing my acne breakouts?

Could drinking black coffee daily be causing my acne breakouts?

Yes and no, or maybe: The easiest way to answer your question is to stop drinking black coffee for a few days and see. Or ask yourself if you had the problem before you started to drink black coffee daily. If you have been drinking coffee daily for a long time and acne recently breakout, then it probably is not the coffee, and if you only started recently and acne breakout followed then maybe it is the culprit. ...Read more

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I have black heads on my chest and back including acne scares How do i treat it?

I have black heads on my chest and back including acne scares How do i treat it?

Blackheads: You can treat acne on your back and chest the same way you treat acne on your face. You can try some over the counter remedies like salicylic washes. If your problem persists, have your skin evaluated by a board certified physician. ...Read more

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What is the best face wash in department stores you can buy for acne and/or black heads?

What is the best face wash in department stores you can buy for acne and/or black heads?

Pangea Organics: I recommend the discovery kit for oily/blemish skin for only $34 and free shipping until labor day. The high antioxidant content found in these certified organic botanical products (not dangerous chemicals) supports collagen retention, helps stimulate micro-circulation, gently purifies, brightens skin tone and helps prevent discoloration and moisture loss. http://bit.ly/17wwcjw. ...Read more

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I have a pimple/acne which is black in colour on my lower abdoman for 2 years. Can it be cancerous?

I have a pimple/acne which is black in colour on my lower abdoman for 2 years. Can it be cancerous?

Unlikely: It is not likely to be cancer. You may watch and wait. If the lesion doubles in size, becomes irregular in size, shape or color, bleeds, ulcerates or develops a nodule, see a doctor. ...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