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Curcumin For Acne
I've been using a retinol cream for acne for about a month and its made acne worse. Is retinol bad for acne but retinoic acid good for acne?
Depends: Retinoic acid is good for an acne ( but it used in more severe cases). Sometimes just cleansing the skin with peroxide and antibiotic ointment afterwards can do the trick in not complicated cases or it can be added to your current medication in more severe cases. Check with your doc or consult a dermatologist. If your are a female, get an oral contraception (pills). ...Read more
No: Please forgive my frankness. If you continue to explore worthless internet / 'pop' remedies, you'll just end up with more scars that you'll have for life. Acne sufficient to produce scarring is a problem that will require your physician's intervention. It's not related to your lifestyle or diet. Make the phone call to your doctor now. A few specialists can help some with deep scars. ...Read more
Use a real Rx: I'm sorry somebody is trying to sell you something that's probably a placebo. Acne is a serious, chronic, non-lifestyle-related disease that eventually remits on its own. It's a serious personal and professional liability. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated hasn't cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. ...Read more
Creams: Topical antiacne treatment can be very effective. While we often have to add an oral antibiotic, like one of the tetracycline derivatives, this cannot be used in pregnancy or if there is an allergy to the medicine. I am not personally familiar with this cream, but it does not sound like the prescription creams which are authorized by the fda for use in acne. See a dermatologist! ...Read more
Start mild: The t-zone is the brow ridges and nose, correct? This is a common spot for acne and if it's just on your face, chances are it'll be relatively easy to manage. You have a better-than-even chance of getting it controlled with topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated. If this fails, get with your physician who can add something. Best wishes. ...Read more
Minocin (minocycline) & Acne: Minocin (minocycline) is one of the effective oral antibiotics use in the treatment of moderate to severe acne. Blackheads are best treated by gentle, non abrasive cleansing and the use of lotions or creams that help exfoliate surface skin cells and unclog pores, like retinoids, salicylic or azelaic acids. Chemical peels and facials with extractions can also be helpful to control blackheads. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
No: The oiliness will make them slightly less visible while it stays on your skin. I'm really sorry that your acne didn't get treated when it should have been. Nothing you can do will affect your scars, but a dermatologist can make them less visible with dermabrasion, filler, laser or microsurgery. It's your choice; especially if you're a man, note that several hollywood leads kept their for "tough". ...Read more
Acne mask: no promises on effectiveness but your gender does not preclude you from doing it ...Read more
What are some good homemade remedies for acne scars? I heard aloe vera gel works well, is that true?
See plastic surgeon : Home remedies do not work. If your scarring is bothersome you should consult with a good plastic surgeon. Scar revisions, lasers and derm abrasion can all help improve poor acne scars. Dr samuel sohn in las vegas is outstanding and board certified. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers