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Are these products used to treat acne? - ROC correction serum & Bioderma sebium global?

Are these products used to treat acne? - ROC correction serum & Bioderma sebium global?

Not best choices: The first is overpriced hyped retinol. Bioderma has salicylic acid that may work. Both compounds have some use in some acne preparations, but if you're serious about managing acne, start with some topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated, and ask your physician if you need something more. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A common skin condition that causes red or white raised pimples, especially on the face, chest and back. Caused when the sebaceous glands in the skin ...Read more


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Which acne products are considered effective?

Which acne products are considered effective?

Scientific Rx: Two weeks trial of topical benzoyl peroxide alone. This clears most mild acne. If not clear, physician's office visit. Options may include topical retinoic acid derivative, topical clindamycin, the oral contraceptive pill for a woman who can take it, and/or an appropriate systemic antibiotic right for the patient. Tough cases referred for isotretinoin. Manage as a chronic disease. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are there any effective homemade acne treatments?

Are there any effective homemade acne treatments?

No: Forgive my frankness. Acne is a serious, chronic, non-lifestyle-related disease that is a major personal and professional liability. If topical benzoyl peroxide fails to clear it, a scientific physician can. "pop" remedies are adjuncts-only and lemons, honey and beer will probably disappoint you. If you're old enough to write healthtap, you're old enough to phone your physician on your own. Cheers. ...Read more

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Currently taking doxycycline but it's not improving.Heard many conflicting success stories & horror stories of Accutane.Are the side-effects true?

Currently taking doxycycline but it's not improving.Heard many conflicting success stories & horror stories of Accutane.Are the side-effects true?

Side effects: The reason companies list the side effects is because they happened on their drug. Will they happen to everyone? No. Could they? Yes. Talk to your doctor about what may be the next step for your acne. ...Read more

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What are effective treatments for self harm scars in public?

What are effective treatments for self harm scars in public?

Camoflaging scars: Scars may be difficult to explain, but there are methods to camouflage them so you can focus on more positive topics of conversation. Carboxytherapy, microneedling, tissue expansion, surgical tissue rearrangement, etc. Are the medical methods that involve some recovery. Body makeup, strategic jewelry, and clothing are simpler, but sometimes inconvenient methods. ...Read more

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Which acne treatments are considered effective?

Which acne treatments are considered effective?

Scientific Rx: Benzoyl peroxide for starters. If not sufficient, topical Clindamycin and/or a topical retinoic acid derivative the latter especially if there are a lot of blackheads. Next step for a lady is the oral contraceptive pill if it is right for her. Then a systemic antibiotic right for the person. The big guns is accutae, not pleasant cheap or without risks but hugely effective and very much worth it. ...Read more

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Are clinical trials (research studies) available for men with testicular cancer?

Are clinical trials (research studies) available for men with testicular cancer?

Yes: Go to the nci website to see a full list of trials available across the U.S. There are many more in europe and other countries as well. ...Read more

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What are some effective treatments for acne scarring?

What are some effective treatments for acne scarring?

High-tech: For the depressed scars, microsurgery, laser and fillers are all helpful. Some male hollywood leads have kept their scars for the "tough guy" look. I'm sorry your acne was neglected. You do have a choice. ...Read more

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Are acne scar removal products (bio oil, selevax, etc.)as effective as fractional co2 laser? Can you share some sources?

Are acne scar removal products (bio oil, selevax, etc.)as effective as fractional co2 laser? Can you share some sources?

No.: No topical treatment will ever be as helpful as the laser you mentioned. Go to the website for the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (asds.net) for more info. ...Read more

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What are the opinions or thoughts on burzynskis treatment vs. Fda approved treatments?

Quackery: Fda treatments are at least monitored for efficacy. Burzynski is a classic quack and his methods and treatments are designed to channel him money but are otherwise ineffective and some even feel harmful. Trying his stuff will delay your getting more proven therapy. ...Read more

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Advice on women hair loss treatments, what treatments are available?

Advice on women hair loss treatments, what treatments are available?

See a dermatologist: First identify the cause. Bring all meds, birth-control information, vitamins, herbs, supplements, menstrual history copies of any blood tests. Meanwhile try 2% Minoxidil otc solution for about $4 a month. ...Read more

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Are there any effective natural acne treatment options?

Are there any effective natural acne treatment options?

Some natural treatments may be helpful in reducing acne inflammation and breakouts: Tea tree oil: , Alpha hydroxy acid. , Azelaic acid. , Bovine cartilage. , Zinc. , Green tea extract. , Aloe vera. , Brewer's yeast. . More research is needed to establish the potential effectiveness and long-term safety of these and other natural acne treatments, traditional Chinese medicine and ayurvedic herbs. Talk with your doctor about the pros and cons of specific treatments before you try them. ...Read more

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Are there any success stories for alopecia areata treatments?

Are there any success stories for alopecia areata treatments?

Yes, Many: Injections, topical therapies, steroids and oral therapies can all help, sometimes permanently. Get to a dermatologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Is there any clinical evidence showing euphorbia peplus (petty spurge, radium weed, milkweed) has any helpful effects treating basal cell carcinoma?

Is there any clinical evidence showing euphorbia peplus (petty spurge, radium weed, milkweed) has any helpful effects treating basal cell carcinoma?

Milkweed for BCC: Basal cell carcinoma (bcc) is primarily treated surgically. When caught and treated early, it is almost always cured, and recurrence rates should be very low. If you have been diagnosed with a bcc, get it treated by your local surgeon or dermatologist. Don't risk a recurrence or growth of the tumor. ...Read more

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Is dermabrasion for acne effective?

Is dermabrasion for acne effective?

No: May actually worsen acne, is only used for scars, and is rapidly being replaced by fractionated lasers, whichh also do not help acne. ...Read more

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Are there treatment studies (clinical trials) available for patients with liver cancer?

Are there treatment studies (clinical trials) available for patients with liver cancer?

Yes: There are always studies being run for different kind of cancers. Your best bet is to investigate cancer centers, such as susan g. Komen, etc, to see if they are running studies. ...Read more

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What are some acne treatments for teens besides proactive?

What are some acne treatments for teens besides proactive?

Ones that work: Being a teen is hard enough without acne, and a teen has a right to something that works better than slick-packaged benzoyl peroxide. I start teens on topical Clindamycin with or without retinoic acid, and move to stronger stuff, including a systemic antibiotic, if it fails. For the really hard cases, dermatologist have the big guns. Junior deserves the best. Good luck. ...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