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What is the most effective over-the-counter treatment plan for controlling acne while healing minor acne scars & hyperpigmentation?

What is the most effective over-the-counter treatment plan for controlling acne while healing minor acne scars & hyperpigmentation?

Benzoyl peroxide: It will slow new lesions but won't touch scars or hyperpigmentation. It is also only moderately effective. Nothing else over-the-counter works. Get with your physician -- despite our dysfunctional health care system, it's your best choice. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A common human skin disease characterized by areas of scaly red skin (seborrhea) with blackheads/whiteheads (comedones) , pinheads (papules), large papules (nodules), pimples & possibly scarring. Occurs mostly on face, upper chest & back. Treated with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic ...Read more


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Is it safe to use two acne controlling face creams at once?

Is it safe to use two acne controlling face creams at once?

Get a real Rx: You deserve something stronger if you're at this point. I start with topical clindamycin, plus benzoyl peroxide if there aren't a lot of blackheads or a retinoic acid derivative if there are. A woman is often cleared by the oral contraceptive pill. If it's harder to manage, i add a systemic antibiotic appropriate for the person. Dermatologists have the big guns. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why is clobetasol propionate controlling my acne? After reading past post I won't use it on my face but can this point to another condition?not acne?

Why is clobetasol propionate controlling my acne? After reading past post I won't use it on my face but can this point to another condition?not acne?

Acne or other: You could have comedonal acne which does have an element of inflammation to it which is why the clobetasol helps. You could also have Rosacea which is similar to acne. A dermatologist can help you sort through this. Tetracycline, and antibiotic, has anti-inflammatory effect and targets the bacteria that can cause the acne! ...Read more

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Is metformin effective at controlling pcos related acne?

Not how it works: Metformin can help with high Insulin levels present in over weight pcos patients. It is not likely to have a significant effect on acne. Birth control pills will help much more as well as topical acne medications. ...Read more

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Suggs for back acne? Prefer no oral meds. Having a very hard time controlling it and it itches and benzoyl topical wash is not working well enough.

Suggs for back acne? Prefer no oral meds. Having a very hard time controlling it and it itches and benzoyl topical wash is not working well enough.

It depends: If it is mostly pustules, u could try clindamycin gel. If very oily, u could try bentonite clay. If it is mostly black and white heads u could try a scrub or differin. ...Read more

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How I can cure my acnes face?

How I can cure my acnes face?

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

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What can I do to take care of acnes and face break outs.?

What can I do to take care of acnes and face break outs.?

Good resource: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/teen-acne-13/10-tips-for-preventing-pimples.

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How do i use goldenseal for my acnes?

How do i use goldenseal for my acnes?

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

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more