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Do abrasive face cleaners help or worsen acne?

Do abrasive face cleaners help or worsen acne?

Worsen: Your face is not a pot -- you should never scrub it. I do not allow my patients to use abrasive facial cleansers for any reason. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

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


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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a good OTC face cleaner for acne?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a good OTC face cleaner for acne?

Benzoyl peroxide: Glad you're seeking treatment for yourself or someone for whom you're responsible. We're treating acne, not cleaning your face. If 5% topical benzoyl peroxide 2x/day doesn't clear you in two weeks, get with your physician for prescription-strength rx. ...Read more

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Could applying lotion to my face be worsening my acne?

Could applying lotion to my face be worsening my acne?

Yes: Adding oil containing lotion to your face can trigger acne. Use oil free moisturizer to help with dry scaling or peeling skin. ...Read more

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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

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

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11 year old son developed exteme blackheads on his nose past 2 months. Been scrubbng with acne/pore cleaner & toner but getting worse. ?

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 more

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Deep acne scare on face?

Deep acne scare on face?

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

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How can I stop face acne ?

How can I stop face acne ?

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 more

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How to remove acne on face?

How to remove acne on face?

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

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Any solution for acne?(face)

Any solution for acne?(face)

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

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