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I am a lighter skinned african american, I've had acne and from bothering it I get these yucky dark spots... What can I do to make them go away?

I am a lighter skinned african american, I've had acne and from bothering it I get these yucky dark spots... What can I do to make them go away?

PIH or dark spots: It sounds like something called "post inflammatory hyperpigmentation" or pih. The pigment producing cells get irritated by the inflammation and spew out more pigment, causing a dark spot. Often these will go away if you give it enough time. To speed things up, I often prescribe a combination of hydroquinone cream, retin a (tretinoin) and kojic acid. Neocutis makes a product called 'perle" that works too. ...Read more

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A very common skin condition that 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 ...Read more


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I am african american, I am not on health insurance to see a dermatologist. What are good home remedies to clear up acne and dark spots?

I am african american, I am not on health insurance to see a dermatologist. What are good home remedies to clear up acne and dark spots?

General physician: Any licensed physician can mange all but the most severe cases of acne. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, adding topical Clindamycin or a short course of a systemic antibiotic may be sufficient. ...Read more

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I'm african american, what is the best product to use to treat acne and acne scars?

I'm african american, what is the best product to use to treat acne and acne scars?

Dermatology consult: Scarring acne in a young black woman is especially difficult and I would urge you to get without delay to a professional dermatologist. All acne can be managed nowadays with scientific medicine and it's very unfortunate that you were allowed to develop scars. "pop" and over-the-counter treatments probably will not be sufficient; until you can get seen, benzoyl peroxide is your friend. ...Read more

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I'm a 40yr old african american female that has dry sensitive skin& facial acne, my friend suggested clarisonic does this machine and product work?

Clarisonic Skin Care: A clarisonic skin care device produces more effective results than without it. The ultrasonic action of a clarisonic cleaning device can cleanse your skin more thoroughly than using your hands or a wash cloth. The infusion device can drive skin serums more deeply and effectively penetrate the skin better than without the device. You can cleanse your skin without it, but with it is superior. ...Read more

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Docs, what's a good acne treatment system for african american skin?

Docs, what's a good acne treatment system for african american skin?

Acne Treatment: Cleanse with Cetaphil
Work with an aesthetician for deep pore cleansing
If deep cysts present, see a dermatologist
Change your pillow twice a week
Avoid fried foods, milk, peanuts, chocolate, dark colas
Protect the skin with sun screen to help minimize dark spots. ...Read more

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I am 27, african american with mild acne and eczema, that is sensitive with hyper-pigmentation from the eczema. What is the best treatment for me?

Acne: Acne and the hyperpigmentation may both respond to to prescription topical retinoids such as retin -a, tazorac, (tazarotene) etc. See a dermatologist to diagnose and treat your skin. ...Read more

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My face has black point cause of acne! I wanna get it out my face?

My face has black point cause of acne! I wanna get it out my face?

Black dot acne: Those black dots are most likely open comedones, the fancy words for blackheads. These are actually brown, and turn color because enzymes in the skin turn them that color. It is not from being dirty. Gentle washcloth action in the shower, exfoliants like retinol and Retin-A and acne cleanings at your dermatologist's office will help. ...Read more

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What to use to get rid of my acne and black heads?

Options exist: Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon or dematologist to evaluate your personal options. This may include lasers, chemical peels, dermabrasion or prescription skin care. There are many options and you need a regimen tailored to your specific situation and expected results. ...Read more

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What could I use to treat acne and get rid of black heads?

What could I use to treat acne and get rid of black heads?

Acne: Depending on the severity of the acne, combination therapy with topical antibacterials, retinoids (retin-a), and sometimes oral antibiotics or Accutane may be prescribed. See your dermatologist to evaluate the acne and prescribe the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I have acne and black comedone in my face how can I get rid of???

I have acne and black comedone in my face how can I get rid of???

Acne treatment no Rx: Acne can be prevented or minimized by using a gentle cleanser twice daily, over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid products followed by a noncomedogenic moisturizer such as Cetaphil. ...Read more

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I have really bad acne on my butt and black heads on my inner thighs, how do I get rid of them?

Acne: Your doctor may be able to help you with prescribing a antibiotic/acne medicated body wash as well as retin-a. This will help address the 3 ways that lead to acne - oil production, clogged pores, and bacteria. You may also try to wear lose fitting clothing particularly during activities with high perspiration. ...Read more

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Which fast and effective home remedies to get rid of black spots due to acne?

Hydroquinone: This is a bleach that is probably available over the counter. Don't overdo it or you'll disfigure yourself. Since the spots fade in any case, think about leaving them alone altogether. Sorry this happened -- all acne is treatable nowadyas. ...Read more

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I have acne from the age of 16 (I m 23 now) and dandruff too. Recently my acne started gettin worse & thr r painful black patches on both sides of nose?

I have acne from the age of 16 (I m 23 now) and dandruff too. Recently my acne started gettin worse & thr r painful black patches on both sides of nose?

Mixed issues...: One might be worsening the other one. You might need anti fungal and antibiotic treatment in order to help with both conditions. Both are known to be caused by possible infectious source so there is no easy fix especially when both are present at the same time. My advise is to see a Dermatologist for treatment. ...Read more

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I have black heads on my chest and some acne on my back, is there anyway to get rid of the black heads and reduce the redness of acne?

Scientific Rx: I see that you are already taking topical benzyl peroxide and minocycline. One possibility might be to add a topical retinoic acid derivative which you'll use on face and trunk. This might be in place of the benzoyl peroxide. Your physician is your best guide here. I'm sorry you ended up with scarring; if your acne become unmanageable, consider isotreinoin if offered. ...Read more

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