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Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more
Scientific Rx: If topical benzoyl peroxde as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. Acne is a non-lifestyle-related, non-hygiene-related, serious illness that can keep you from getting the job that you want. It needs to be managed until it remits on its own. Ignore all "pop" advice about diet, home cures and so forth. ...Read more
Forgive my frankness: You're a twelve year old male. Acne is a serious, chronic, incurable disease that needs to be managed scientifically. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, phone your personal physician and ask about an appointment for prescription-strength rx. 'natural remedies' work poorly for acne and almost all other serious illnesses ; the sooner you discard superstition, the better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acne.: To really need two things. First, a drying agent like benzoyl peroxide, which should only be used when you're out of the sun. Second, an antibiotic. Pimples contain bacteria, and eradication is helped along by including an antibiotic in your regimen. Clindamycin or Erythromycin creams would work fine.k ...Read more
Pimple first aid: Big zit on tip of nose night before yearbook pictures? Hydrocortisone cream will help resolve it quickly. Not to be use on regular basis. For routine care, use topical antibiotic, Retin-A or benzoyl peroxide, or oral antibiotic depending on severity of your acne. Work w/ dermatologist to find optimal regimen for your case. Wash face gently twice a day; pat dry; apply meds & moisturizer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blocked gland: What you describe is most likely a a blocked salivary gland or a mucocele (a common cyst on the inside of the lower lip). Small cysts may drain without treatment. Large cysts might need surgery. The most common cause of problems in the salivary gland occurs when the ducts become blocked and saliva cannot drain. See your doctor to have it checked. ...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
Acne treatment no Rx: Acne can be prevented or minimized by using a gentle cleanser twice daily, over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid products followed by a noncomedogenic moisturizer such as Cetaphil, Ceravue or similar. A 'clean' diet of whole grains, vegetables and fruits, devoid of fast or prepackaged food, can help your skin and overall health. ...Read more
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