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Calcarea Sulphurica Acne
Need right remedy: Calcarea sulphurica works very well for your acne, if it's the indicated remedy for you. There are over 250 remedies known to help with acne! A well-trained homeopath will consider your whole being -- not just your acne. Acne is only 1 sign of the disturbance in your healing system. The right remedy addresses this disturbance which is the source of the problem you're experiencing (acne & more). ...Read more
Not by itself: An abscess is a closed collection of pus (infection) and the treatment must be to open it up and let the pus out. Antibiotics are used to treat the surrounding infected tissues and reduce spread of infection. Your remedy may be of benefit as a prt of this treatment to stimulate the immune system to better fight the infection but I do not recommend that it be the only treatment. ...Read more
Calcarea sulphurica: If your complete symptom picture exactly matches that of the homeopathic remedy calcarea sulphurica, you may benefit from it. This may include resolution of kidney stones. However, this remedy does not "work" if your symptom picture differs from it. A professional homeopath can investigate your case ; find the remedy best suited to you. Collaborating with conventional physicians helps also. ...Read more
Not proven: Goldenseal is a herb found from the northeast to Arkansas. It contains berberine which has been used in several medical conditions without proof. Most of the constituents in Goldenseal are poorly absorbed and amounts off berberine are variable. There are much better treatments for acne available so check with a dermatologist ...Read more
Lots of choices: It depends on what type of acne you have. Benzoyl peroxide, which is over the counter, is used for papular and pustular acne, which is the red inflamed acne. Tretinion is used for comedonal acne. Topical antibiotics are another choice for acne. More than one treatment is often needed depending on your skin. Your doctor will need to look at your skin to help you choose the right medication. ...Read more
See a dermatologist: There are a number of treatments out there from over the counter products to prescription topical and oral medications. Discuss these with a dermatologist and they will hopefully steer you in the right direction. ...Read more
Acne treatment: First of all, stop all nuts and peanust butter. Also no chocolate or other sugary foods. Over-the-counter surface medications like clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) can help, as well as washing with a soap like neutrogena acne wash. (no financial interest.) if these don't help see a dermatologist who may prescribe an oral antibiotic. ...Read more
What is claravis (isotretinoin)?
Isotretinoin is a form of vitamin a. It reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin, and helps your skin renew itself more quickly.
Isotretinoin is used to treat severe nodular acne that has not responded to other treatments, including antibiotics. ...Read more
Probably worthless: Telling people that particular foods are "good for" or "bad for" this-or-that is mostly pop folklore or junk science (a few exceptions). This is the 21st century and you deserve to have your acne treated effectively -- and any physician knows how. Being a young adult is tough enough without acne, and being offered a folk-pop cure for a serious problem like your complexion does you a disservice. ...Read more
None of them: None of the over-the-counter acne treatments does much good. I start with topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid-based compound. If I do not get a good result in two weeks, I add a systemic antibiotic appropriate to the person. Dermatologists are allowed to use the big guns. Nobody nowadays needs to have bad acne -- life's hard enough without it. Good luck. ...Read more
No one best way: There is no one best way - it depends on acne type, age of pt, underlying skin type, location of the acne - so many different things. The vast majority of patients can be treated with topical treatment, usually a combination of retinoids and additional things like benzoyl peroxide or topical antibiotics. Appropriate skin care is also essential. Best to talk about options with doc or dermatologist ...Read more
Salicylic acid: Start with salicyclic acid wash (typically around 2%) twice daily. If your skin can tolerate the dryness, you can add a benzoyl peroxide (bpo) wash in your routine. Use less than 3% bpo on face, and up to 10% bpo on chest and back. If you are on prescription drying creams, these may be too strong. In which case, use cetaphil wash to counteract the dryness. ...Read more