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Black Salve For Acne
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I'm using melacare from past 8 months...Bt using face lightening creams will impart acnes and dark patches please tell me alternate remedy for brightng?
Peels?: On occasion glycol tic acid peels may also help but may take 5-6 sessions. ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi, I’m a 30 year old black female, I have been struggling with acne almost my all life, I really need something that can work for me skin, I tried ?
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
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
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
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
Retinoic acid: Topical retinoic acid derivatives are your best treatment. It's not pleasant but often works well. ...Read more
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
How do I remove black scars that are left when acne is gone? What product works to lighten/remove them?
I hv acne, i used deriva for 3 weeks.I had to expose to sunlight for 5 days with out suns cream .Nw m black.Bt i didn't stop using the cream, ?
Side Effect of Med: Deriva will make your skin extra sensitive to the sun, this means that you should always use sunscreen and limit sun exposure. The first few weeks of use as your skin is adjusting to the treatment you will experience dryness, flaking, scaling, redness and irritation. You may have to use a prescription bleaching to lighten your skin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have this bump on my side. It's not acne. It's a black, almost ball. I had one on my lower side and now I have 3 more. They just seem to spread. ?
Interesting: Black lesions not accompanied by trauma warrant a visit to a dermatologist as soon as you can especially since they are spreading. ...Read more
How 2cure dark spots on black skin?i have spots from old acne all over.its getting ridiculous please don't say go to a dr.i did and I'm still suffering
I had frequent pimples and acne a couple of the years ago.And now iam having the black traces left behind.What can I do to make them fade or disappear?
Hydroquinone: That's called postinflammatory hyperpigmentation - quite a mouthful, but it simply means a collection of pigment at the site of an old inflammatory process, such as acne. Lightening creams containing hydroquinone are available otc and by prescription, but insurance does not cover them - and never use them at concentrations higher than 4% - higher concentrations sometimes make the darkening worse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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