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Clearing Acne Overnight
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It can't: The product does not intend to do away scars. ...Read more
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
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
Yes: Yes, can improve both since it merely abrades the surface of the skin, releasing the entraped materials. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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