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Make up and comedone: In general, make up products that are oil free and water based are less likely to cause acne. But contrary to common belief, comedones happen due to clogged hair follicles. An inflammatory condition, that includes both comedones and inflamed pustules and pimples is called acne. Increased oil production during teenage period, premenstrual period, or in women with pros may cause acne. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Avoid with rosacea: Aha, Alpha hydroxy acid creams are generally safe to use and good exfoliants. Patients with acne and oily skin do well with aha. However, it may exacerbate people with rosacea. If you develop burning sensation and redness with use, you should stop. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
We try to avoid: Marketing otc products on healthap. Try asking an esthetician. ...Read more
Salicylic acid /BPO: Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are the main active ingredients in most of the over the counter acne medications. You choose what strength you want for each, up to 3% for sa and up to 10% for bpo. Sometimes the combination of both can help. If you are no better within 6-8 weeks, call your doctor for help. ...Read more
Dgnsd w/+1 propylene glycol, 2-etylhexyl-p-methoxycinnamate, 4-phenylenediamine, & methyl methacrylate allergies. Need nonirritating products. Advice?
Contact allergies: You should have been. Given information by your testing physician on what products are safe to use. If you go to truetest.Com, you can information sheets on the products you mentioned to void possiblel triggering agents. ...Read more
Are products with ceramides, hyaluronic acid, cholesterol and niacinamide generally helpful for oily, sensitive facial skin Dx seborrheic dermatitis?
No: These are very useful for DRY skin and eczema. Seborrheic dermatitis will respond to an azole cream such as ketoconazole, clotrimazole, or miconazole. Topical steroids are very effective but on the face calcineurin inhibitors are preferred. Washing with a dandruff shampoo, typically in a shower, can be very beneficial. Some meds and vitamins aggravate it. ...Read more
Good ? Tough answer: Scars are disruptions to the skin's normal layers, thickness, color and contour. They change through your lifetime due to the normal scar remodeling process. Good products compliment this process like silicone gel, occlusive dressings, steroids, etc. The problem with deep pitting is that the scar pulls the skin into a deep pit. Precise excision is usually the best option to release them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's about pigment: Hydroquinone works by decreasing the pigment cells in your skin. Let your doctor look at the scarring to determine if this is redness from blood vessels or is it pigment associated with pih or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. If it is pigment, hydroquinone will be your ticket. ...Read more
Whitening Creams: There are several creams for whitening the skin. They contain Hydroquinones or Kojic acid which inhibit production of melanin, skin pigment. Caution must be used with these products. Excessive or prolonged use can lead to hypo-pigmentation which can look even worse.Porcelana and others are available without a prescription.Please consult a doctor when using these products to limit complications. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Bad or good. It is a very weak "lightener" of skin, so people do often use it for issues like melasma. But like with any cream you can react to it and alterations in pigmentation can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Remember most facial products containing kojic acid contain other products which add further properties to the product(s) beside "lightening". ...Read more
I use some topical products that contain paraben such as eyeshadows, compact powder, shampoos/conditioners, lotions. I'm currently 29w pregnant. Harm?
No: If you do not get a violent, red, itchy reaction, then you can continue to use them. ...Read more
Possible: It can be helpful, but you must remember that everyone's skin reacts differently to different creams and lotions. Therefore, what may work for one may not necessarily work as well for the next person. However, if you have used it in the past and it has worked before it may be a good place to start. Then if not you can consult your physician for prescription medications/lotions. ...Read more