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Could honey work for clearing acne and acne scarring?

Could honey work for clearing acne and acne scarring?

No: This is a cruel internet hoax. Acne severe enough to cause scarring needs to be seen, and should have been managed, by your personal physician. Make the phone call now. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that 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 ...Read more


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Can benzoyl peroxide clear acne scars?

Can benzoyl peroxide clear acne scars?

Benzoyl & acne scar: No - benzoyl peroxide will treat acne and help prevent worsening pustules and inflammation by helping to kill the bacteria causing acne. However, it won't have any effect on the scars you may get from aggressively picking or popping "zits" There are facial scrubs that may lessen the appearance of scars but a physician trained in skin peels would be needed for deep scars ...Read more

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Can Accutane clear acne scars?

Can Accutane clear acne scars?

No. But it can help: Reduce acne breakouts and more cyst formation that can lead to new scars. Accutane is powerful medicine that requires monitoring and absolute avoidance of pregnancy (causes birth defects). See dermatologist for advice and prescription if you are a candidate. ...Read more

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Will clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) treat my acne and scars?

Will clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) treat my acne and scars?

Get a real Rx: That stuff is weak and overpriced. If you have gotten scars, you should already be on prescription meds. I am sorry this happened and you need to get with your personal physician. ...Read more

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Can benzoyl peroxide actually work for acne, pimples, and blackheads?

Can benzoyl peroxide actually work for acne, pimples, and blackheads?

Yes: Benzoyl peroxide does work for inflammatory lesions. There are so many different concentrations and preparations of benzoyl peroxide available it is hard to recommmend without seeing the patient. It works less well for blackheads and whiteheads. See your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Retin a (tretinoin) for acne and blackheads ?

Retin a (tretinoin) for acne and blackheads ?

Acne: Retin a (tretinoin) is a topical product usually dispensed as a cream or gel available in different strengths that is effective in reducing inflammatory (red) pimples and comedones (black heads and white heads). The product is drying and should be used sparingly. Caution with sun exposure. See a dermatologist for a treatment regimen. ...Read more

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Does toothpaste help clear up acne ?

Does toothpaste help clear up acne ?

No: There are many preparations such as benzoyl peroxide that can be purchased at the drug store that help with acne. There are also prescription medications for acne. Toothpaste does not help. ...Read more

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Which products help clear up acne scars and marks?

Which products help clear up acne scars and marks?

Can only Improve: You cannot "erase" scars. Poor scars can be improved through the following methods: 1) scar massage 2) silicone sheeting (a kind of silicone tape you where over the scar) 3) steroid injections 4) laser treatment (helps remove coloring) 5) scar revision (removing the scar and starting over). Consult with a plastic surgeon to find out which combination of these would best work for you. ...Read more

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Will doxycycline clear up chin acne?

Will doxycycline clear up chin acne?

Yes, doxy helps: Doxycycline and Minocycline are antibiotics often used to treat acne in teen boys. They are not used as often in girls, because these antibiotics are not used during pregnancy, and teen girls may unexpectedly become pregnant. Antibiotic gels and creams are also used, and may contain Clindamycin or erthromycin antibiotic. ...Read more

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Neutrogena blackhead eliminating warming treatment vs. Clean n clear blackhead clearing scrub, which is better?

On Healthtap: We try to avoid recommending one otc product over another. Both of these products work through exfoliation. ...Read more

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Acne, and acne scars, is there a homemade solution to getting rid of acne and acne scars?

Acne, and acne scars, is there a homemade solution to getting rid of acne and acne scars?

Time, time & more : Time is your best friend. Avoiding sun exposure and cigarette smoking are great. Onion bulb extract ( allium cepa) may help as well as honey for some active infections but these later two are controversial. ...Read more

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Will st. Ives scrub for blemish and blackhead clearing work effectively on keratosis pilaris (arms)?

Will st. Ives  scrub for blemish and blackhead clearing work effectively on keratosis pilaris (arms)?

A little for some: The st ives product is trying to exfoliate (shed) the skin "naturally". Exfoliation is a great way to treat kp, but the natural items are not really the strongest, so some may not respond. Alpha-hydroxy acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid or urea moisturize and soften dry skin while exfoliating. Apricots are supposed to have vitamin a to help, but I use it directly- retin a (tretinoin) is another product. ...Read more

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Could microdermabrasion clear up whiteheads/blackheads?

Could microdermabrasion clear up whiteheads/blackheads?

Yes: Yes, can improve both since it merely abrades the surface of the skin, releasing the entraped materials. ...Read more

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How does benzoyl peroxide work to clear up acne?

How does benzoyl peroxide work to clear up acne?

Kills bacteria: Benzoyl peroxide creates oxygen when in contact with skin. The bacteria causing acne cannot live in the presence of oxygen so actually dies. It also assists in removing dead cells that cause the pores to get plugged which also leads to acne formation. ...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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Does hydrogen peroxide help heal cystic acne?

Does hydrogen peroxide help heal cystic acne?

Much too weak: Cystic acne seldom responds well to any measure short of isotretinoin, which is not for the faint-hearted. Only a dermatologist can prescribe it. There are adjuncts, but don't expect much benefit from hydrogen peroxide -- its penetrates poorly. Benzoyl peroxide is a mainstay against milder acne. ...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