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Bulimia And Acne
Depends: Best treatment is individualized. For women it may be certain oral contraceptive pills or spironolactone. For very severe acne or acne resistant to initial therapy, oral isotretinoin is the most effective. Plan on several months of treatment to achieve desired result. After isotretinoin there may be no maintenance. With all others there will be months to years of continued maintenance. ...Read more
Stop neglecting it: I'm sorry that you've ended up with acne scars, but you're old enough now to take your treatment into your own hands. You need to get with your physician now. Start using a topical agent such as benzoyl peroxide and your physician will probably add a systemic antibiotic. If this fails to clear you, Isotretinoin is a serious consideration. Specialists can make scars less visible. Take charge. ...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
Don't ask why: If you actually have cystic acne, the last thing you need to be doing is seeking an environmental or lifestyle change -- you'll never find it. Nobody does. With acne this severe, you'll need either Isotretinoin or a combination of a topical agent and a systemic agent, the latter perhaps an antibiotic. Get with a competent physician now. ...Read more
Acne cures: Acne treatment may be as simple as using a topical drying agent like benzoyl peroxide to using lasers to taking an oral medication as strong as accutane. Everyone's different. Acne redness will usually fade with time as your acne clears, but this may take over a year. I like to use either ipl or red light photo dynamic therapy to speed up the clearing of inflamed or red acne. ...Read more
Improve not remove: Many options exist for cosmetic improvement and include anti-inflammatories, peels, exfoliation, lasers, resurfacing, bleaching, excision, grafting, fillers, and much more, scars vary in their severity and so do the treatments. See a plastic surgeon, dermatologist or ENT for options. ...Read more
Scientific Rx: If you are male and still have acne while on benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin, your physician may try a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day. Or if this is deep / cystic / severe acne, it may be time to consider accutane. For the scars, a dermatologist can abrade, fill, operate and/or laser; your choice, but note the hollywood stars who keep their scars for character. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the criteria needed to be put on Accutane ? I have severe back acne, and mild facial acne with some red acne marks.
Failure: You ought to have been placed on failed topical and/or oral antibitics for a sufficient period of time. Topical approaches such as benzoyl peroxide foams combined with topical antibiotics can often be very effective. If you fail these, then Accutane is certainly a reasonable option. ...Read more
NONE: If you go into the typical herb store they will take your money & send you home with a useless product. Don't be a sucker. See a dermatologist. ...Read more
Acne Scars: There are different treatments for acne scars depending on severity and cost considerations. Treatments include but are not limited to mechanical dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, and surgical scar revision. The treatment program and costs vary with the extent of the scarring and number of treatments required. See a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to check out your options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have mild facial acne scars and occasional acne breakouts. Is growing beard a bad idea for my scars or acne in any way?
Since no body: knows what's really in it there's no way to answer -- however, it almost certainly is a waste of money with no potential value except to the manufacturer. Don't get your medical information from friends tv or the internet scams, ...Read more
Laser and wash: Non-active acne scars can be treated by various types of laser which can do collateral thermal damage and enahnce healing- co2 laser being one of them. Although other lasers have proven benefits as well. Blackheads can be treated medically as well as surgically depending on the depth and size. Proper cleansing and some topical medications can be very helpful in eleminating/decreasing the formation. ...Read more