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Is the no7 micro-dermabrasion exfoliator effective for acne and acne scarring?

Is the no7 micro-dermabrasion exfoliator effective for acne and acne scarring?

Microdermabrasion: Over the counter microdermabrasion kits can be helpful for weekly use, but a microdermabrasion performed in office will be the most effective as this also has suction. ...Read more

Epidermis (Definition)

The outermost and nonvascular layer of the skin, derived from the embryonic ectoderm, varying in thickness from 0.07–1.4 mm. It comprises, from within outward, five layers: (1) basal layer (stratum basale), ; (2) prickle cell or spinous layer (stratum spinosum), (3) granular layer (stratum granulosum), (4) clear layer (stratum lucidum), and (5) ...Read more


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Are whiteheads and blackheads on the face acne?

Are whiteheads and blackheads on the face acne?

Yes: White heads and black heads are typically called closed and open comedomes. It is a type of acne and can typically be treated with topical keratolytics like tretinoin or salicylic acid. ...Read more

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Is microdermabrasion effective for acne and acne scars?

Is microdermabrasion effective for acne and acne scars?

Yes & No: There are two types of acne scars. Craters and ice-pick. The ice-pick scar has sharp borders whereas the crater has smoother borders. Ice-pick variety of scars have to be excised and can be done quite easily with small punch biopsies. The crater variety can be helped with multiple sessions of microdermabrasion. ...Read more

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Acne and pimple treatment?

Acne and pimple treatment?

Acne therapy: If your acne doesn't respond to otc treatments, consider seeing a doctor or dermatologist to get a stronger prescription lotion. Tretinoin (avita, retin-a, others), Adapalene (differin) and tazarotene (tazorac, avage) are examples of topical prescription products derived from vitamin a. They work by promoting cell turnover and preventing plugging . You may also need oral antibiotics like doryx (doxycycline). ...Read more

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How effective is proactive on healing acne scars and skin conditions?

Derm evaluation: Proactiv is topical dermatologic treatments based around salicylic acid, which is a known treatment for acne. Proactiv really has an effective marketing scheme, but it may not be the best treat for all skin conditions. I would seriously suggest a consultation with a dermatologist before starting any skin therapy and learn about all the options. ...Read more

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Is micro-dermabrasion effective for acne and acne scarring?

Usually not: Micro-dermabrasion is best suited for removal of dead cells from the skin surface. Does not go deep enough to effectively reduce the depth of scarring or produce an adequate reaction under the skin to help smooth the base. ...Read more

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Will benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) and differin help get rid of acne marks?

Will  benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) and differin help get rid of acne marks?

Maybe: Benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) and differin are best used to treat or prevent active acne. If you have superficial scars or marks the differin may help to take them away some but probably not a lot. ...Read more

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Is benzoyl peroxide remove all types of acne and pimples from the face?

Is benzoyl peroxide remove all types of acne and pimples from the face?

No: It is safe, effective and readily available. Benzoyl peroxide will improve appearance and dry the skin a little, but will not remove all kinds of acne. it will help if used as directed. ...Read more

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Can proactive really work on healing acne scars and skin conditions?

Can proactive really work on healing acne scars and skin conditions?

Proactive: Proactive, depending on the specific product used, often uses benzoyl peroxide (antibacterial) to treat mild acne. While this may be helpful, more severe cases may require topicals such a Retin-A , oral antibiotics , or Accutane . Talk to your dermatologist for the right treatment for you. ...Read more

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How to heal/get rid of acne and acne scars on face and body?

How to heal/get rid of acne and acne scars on face and body?

Acne Scars: There are different treatments for acne scars depending on severity and cost considerations. Treatments include but are not limited to mechanical dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, and surgical scar revision. The treatment program and costs vary with the extent of the scarring and number of treatments required. See a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to check out your options. ...Read more

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Which products help clear up acne scars and marks?

Which products help clear up acne scars and marks?

Can only Improve: You cannot "erase" scars. Poor scars can be improved through the following methods: 1) scar massage 2) silicone sheeting (a kind of silicone tape you where over the scar) 3) steroid injections 4) laser treatment (helps remove coloring) 5) scar revision (removing the scar and starting over). Consult with a plastic surgeon to find out which combination of these would best work for you. ...Read more

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Do acne scars fade and flatten out with time and Glycolic acid peels? Both hyper pigmentation and light indentation.

Do acne scars fade and flatten out with time and Glycolic acid peels? Both hyper pigmentation and light indentation.

Yes: Acne scars do usually flatten and fade with time. Glycolic peels can help this. I would see your dermatologist to get the best evaluation and treatment for this. ...Read more

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How to manage acne prone facial skin n sensitive? Is adapalene too harsh for sensitive skin to reduce the appearance of dead skin and acne ?

How to manage acne prone facial skin n sensitive? Is adapalene too harsh for sensitive skin to reduce the appearance of dead skin and acne ?

Acne : Sensitive skin patients should use gentle non soap cleansers to wash as needed. The key is to start out with one product at a time to help gauge sensitivity . An otc benzoyl peroxide wash could be used in lower concentrations initially and then increased as tolerated . Topical retinoids should be tried every other or every third night before using nightly. See a dermatologist for treatment. ...Read more

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Does acne marks and pimples on back and shoulders considered skin allergies? Thanks. :)

Does acne marks and pimples on back and shoulders considered skin allergies? Thanks. :)

No relationship: There is no evidence that acne is caused by allergies of any sort, and no treatment that is effective against allergies is effective against acne. ...Read more

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Best treatment for oily skin with mild acne and brown spots (post-acne), glycolic or alpha hydroxy products?

AHA's: Alpha hydroxy acids include glycolic acid but also other fruit acids such as lactic or malic or citric , etc. The aha's are somewhat effective in reversing acne and aging of the skin. ...Read more

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Acne, and acne scars, is there a homemade solution to getting rid of acne and acne scars?

Acne, and acne scars, is there a homemade solution to getting rid of acne and acne scars?

Time, time & more : Time is your best friend. Avoiding sun exposure and cigarette smoking are great. Onion bulb extract ( allium cepa) may help as well as honey for some active infections but these later two are controversial. ...Read more

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What's the acne wash, toner, and moisturizer for acne prone super oily skin?

What's the acne wash, toner, and moisturizer for acne prone super oily skin?

Skin Clear Wash: I recommend the skin clear wash from cosmo grade professional skincare. Specifically formulated for acne-prone skin, this foaming cleanser utilizes salicylic acid and tea tree to thoroughly wash away oils and dirt, unclog pores, treat existing blemishes and prevent future breakouts - improving the appearance of problematic skin. ...Read more

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Is there a face lotion that heals acne and acne scars?

Is there a face lotion that heals acne and acne scars?

No: If you've had acne scarring and still have acne, you need to get with your personal physician. Use topical benzoyl peroxide until then. Nothing will touch acne scars short of a physician's intervention with a laser, microsurgery or filler. I'm sorry your acne was neglected, but several hollywood stars have kept their scars for the "tough guy" look. ...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


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