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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)

A common skin condition that causes red or white raised pimples, especially on the face, chest and back. Caused when the sebaceous glands in the skin ...Read more


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What activities or remedies can help keep pores unclogged to avoid acne? Are noncomedogenic makeups, lotions, or oils effective?

What activities or remedies can help keep pores unclogged to avoid acne?  Are noncomedogenic makeups, lotions, or oils effective?

Myth: The idea that acne is caused by "clogged pores" is simplistic. I trust you are otherwise healthy; if you're a woman in your 30s and are asking about acne, ask yourself about other evidence of hormonal disturbance. Forget "pop" acne remedies. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician for something that can & manage till it self-cures. Best wishes ...Read more

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Can you use some hibiclens as a acne face wash?

Can you use some hibiclens as a acne face wash?

I would not: There are much safer & less irritating acne washes out there! talk to your primary care doctor or dermatologist! ...Read more

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Allergic to BP, face so sensitive it cannot tolerate any topicals even gentle moisturizer. Wash face 2x day. What else can you suggest 4 my acne?Time?

Allergic to BP, face so sensitive it cannot tolerate any topicals even gentle moisturizer. Wash face 2x day. What else can you suggest 4 my acne?Time?

See a dermatologist: Maybe you will improve with doxycycline 20, 50, or 100mg a day. Or minocycline 50 0r 100mg. Expect 2 or 3 months to see result.. Usually these oral treatments are well tolerated. ...Read more

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Do the claorisonic brush help with acne?

Do the claorisonic brush help with acne?

It helped...: My daughter (age 23), so it could also help you. You just need to keep trying a number of things (or combination of things) until you find a treatment combination that is right for you. It's tough, but don't give up! ...Read more

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What face wash do you recommend for mild to moderate acne? What do you think of 3 step face wash with 2.5% benzyl peroxide?

What face wash do you recommend for mild to moderate acne?  What do you think of 3 step face wash with 2.5% benzyl peroxide?

Mild? Cystic?: Cystic acne, which you say you have, is a serious illness that your physician needs to help you manage. Mild acne usually responds to topical benzoyl peroxide as you're able to tolerate. Whoever put you on the cortisone you say you're taking may advise you, but many folks tolerate 5% or stronger benzoyl peroxide well enough to get great results. ...Read more

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I tried honey, lemons, oatmeal etc. Any natural remedies or DIYs to clean, whiten, soften, and exfoliate skin?

I tried honey, lemons, oatmeal etc. Any natural remedies or DIYs to clean, whiten, soften, and exfoliate skin?

Vitamin E will: nourish your skin from the inside out. Besides taking it as a supplement, you can buy a bottle of vitamin E and put it directly on the skin. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Do you have any experience with clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) pads, lotions or creams? I would buy it because of the mild acne problems and marks.

May be enough: This is reasonably-priced benzoyl peroxide with some other ingredients, promoted by disk jockeys in the usa and elsewhere since the 1960's. If your current regimen is not helping, you may wish to visit your physician for guidance on comprehensive management. The marks won't disappear -- if you need this, a dermatologist may be able to help. ...Read more

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Can using benzyl peroxide or salicyclic acid actually irritate your skin more sometimes than do it any good?

Can using benzyl peroxide or salicyclic acid actually irritate your skin more sometimes than do it any good?

Concentration issue: You may have more delicate skin and require a lower percentage of active ingredient (w/b.P.). The salicylic acid is usually used to remove dead skin (and fungus or other problems along with it), so need to understand how it works and what is "acceptable" response. If worried, see your dr or a dermatologist for advice, or ask your pharmacist. ...Read more

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For better facial skin, should I wash with water only or use a face wash with ingredients like salicylic acid?

For better facial skin, should I wash with water only or use a face wash with ingredients like salicylic acid?

Water's fine: Warm water and if dirty, mild soap is all you usually need. Salicylic acid and its derivatives are keratolytics (agents which cut through skin cells and can thin the skin, reduce the size of calluses and the like). Skin normally sheds on its own--half of household dust is human skin! ...Read more

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Using benzoyl peroxide for acne can i use hemp seed oil as moisturiser after benzoyl peroxide to stop excessive dryness? don't wont to clog pores

Using benzoyl peroxide for acne can  i use hemp seed oil as moisturiser after benzoyl peroxide to stop excessive dryness? don't wont to clog pores

Dry skin: One of the treatment to improve acne is actually to get the skin to be dryer. If you moisturize too much the skin, you will still have acne. Try to see if you can back off a little your benzoyl peroxide to get less dryness. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if Noxzema anti blemish pads remove blackheads as well?

Noxzema products: Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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Can you make all your own products for your face like masks, cleansers, moisturizers?

Can you make all your own products for your face like masks, cleansers, moisturizers?

I guess you could: If you had all the proper ingredients and machinery to make these products. But why would you want to? By the time you invested all the money necessary to manufacture them, you could have bought a lifetime supply of products that are already being made. ...Read more

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When to use lotion with acne medication? Does that help or make things worse?

When to use lotion with acne medication?  Does that help or make things worse?

Depends on the type: Using a "non-comedogenic" facial lotion or moisturizer will usually not give you problems with acne breakouts. However, everyone's skin is a bit different so you will not know until you give it a try. Also, use "oil free" facial moisturizers as this will also help. ...Read more

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Should I use normal facial cleanser or facial cleansers with salicylic acid for pimples?

Should I use normal facial cleanser or facial cleansers with salicylic acid for pimples?

Cleanser for acne: It depends. Salicylic acid cleanser is great for exfoliating the skin if you are prone to acne. If you have dry or sensitive skin it may be too drying. In this case i recommend a glycolic based cleanser. If you are oily definitely go with a salicylic acid cleanser. ...Read more

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My Friend's experiencing pimples and acne daily.is there any home treatment she can try?already cleaning face with good acne wash 2x daily.thank you!

My Friend's experiencing pimples and acne daily.is there any home treatment she can try?already cleaning face with good acne wash 2x daily.thank you!

Be careful: Vitamin A toxicity can develop after 2 years of 50,000 IU daily with liver enlargement, ascites, portal hypertension, cirrhosis. That being said, Vitamin A has a number acne-fighting properties, mostly in the form of retinol. ...Read more

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Can you suggest any alternative acne treatment for people who cannot use benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid?

Can you suggest any alternative acne treatment for people who cannot use benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid?

Retin A, (tretinoin)ANTIBIOTICS;: Those patients who can not use benzyl peroxide or salicylic acid, can be treated with retin a (tretinoin) cream and topical antibiotics like Erythromycin or clindamycine. Other alternative therapies which may be effective are manuka honey te tree oil brewers yeast bittersweet night shade some of these have been approved in europe.But discuss with your doctor or dermatologist what is best for you. ...Read more

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Any over-the-counter cure for rosacea/seborrheic dermatitis on face (facial dandruff)? Can I use sulfur soap? Ointment?

Any over-the-counter cure for rosacea/seborrheic dermatitis on face (facial dandruff)? Can I use sulfur soap? Ointment?

Yes OTC: For patients with seborrheic dermatitis of the face, we suggest treatment with a low potency topical corticosteroid cream, a topical antifungal agent, or a combination of the two. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more


Dr. Marsha Davis
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Facial Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more