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Do Abrasive Face Cleaners Help Or Worsen Acne
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more
Hi I am getting microdembrasion done regularly and my face is looking cleaner from acne marks. Is there any cream to lessen the marks left on skin.thx?
No: Creams will not touch it. Has subcision been discussed? ...Read more
My acne are worsening day by day on the right side of my face. It's all red and there seems a lot of pimple which felt like rock
Cystic acne: It sounds like you might have a secondary skin infection in addition to acne on your face, or that your acne has become cystic. This usually requires oral antibiotics in addition to topical acne products, and I recommend that you see a dermatologist or your family physician, who can start you on Rx. ...Read more
11 year old son developed exteme blackheads on his nose past 2 months. Been scrubbng with acne/pore cleaner & toner but getting worse. ?
See his doctor.: I'd suggest having him see his pediatrician to ensure that this is common acne and not something else. If it is common acne, there are a number of prescription treatments for acne, some antibiotic, some not, and your son's doctor can work with you to decide what's best for your son. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Options: A dermatologist can make the scars less apparent, though they cannot be made to vanish, using fillers, laser treatment, abrasion or surgery. Before you decide, look at the hollywood leading men who have chosen to keep their acne scars for character (jet li, steven seagal, charlie sheen, tommy lee jones.) it's your call (and you partner's if you have one.) good luck. ...Read more
Benzoyl Peroxide: The honest answer is that acne is not cured, its treated. Sometimes you will require seeing your doctor for perscription strength medication. You can start however with over the counter benzoyl peroxide soap and topical creams. They work pretty well for mild to moderate acne. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Scientific Rx: If only on the face, a good start is benzoyl peroxide, if not clear in 2 weeks, add prescription topical clindamycin, plus a retinoic acid derivative if there are blackheads. If still not satisfactory, add a systemic antibiotic that's right for you, this will usually clear you up. Good luck. ...Read more
Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'. ...Read more