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Face Mask To Get Rid Of Spots
None are great: The best you can do with over the counter products is a cleanser with 3% salicylic acid or 10% benzoyl peroxide. Of find both and alternate days. Acne is difficult to treat...Get help from a doc with experience and be patient. You may need a lot more than cleansers to fix acne. Combination treatments including bcp, antibiotics, diet, etc may all be required. Severe cases need more. Be patient! ...Read more
Retinol without mois: Flakiness and sensitive skin can actually be treated by use of a good antioxidant daily and believe it of not a short course of retionoic acid which will actually make it worse before it gets better. Do not treat with moisturizers they will only further inflame your skin. ...Read more
Freckles: It is possible to remove freckles with a q switched nd-yag laser. It would be a cosmetic treatment, not covered by insurance and not inexpensive. It is a little tricky to be able to see the freckles when you have the special colored glasses your need to wear when operating the laser, so you have to take them on and off and it takes a lot of time.. ...Read more
Post inflammatory: Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a common and normal response during the healing process. When traumatized skin heals, redness, followed by dark discoloration often occurs. With time, the site will usually resume normal coloration to match the surrounding skin. Topical steroid creams applied initially can help reduce inflammation and prevent excessive discoloration. ...Read more
Acne Treatment: There are many over the counter options to try. In general, you need one medication to kill bacteria, like benzoyl peroxide, and a second medication to help unplug your pores, like salicylic acid. There are also many prescription treatments if these fail. Hormonal therapy can work as well, like birth control pills or spironolactone. In severe cases, Accutane is another option. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
21st century Rx: You deserve to be free of acne if that is your wish. I start with topical Clindamycin plus either benzoyl peroxide if there are few blackheads or a retinoic acid derivative if there are many. The oral contraceptive pill can clear up acne if a woman can and want to use it. Failing, a systemic antibiotic right for the person usually works, and dermatologists have the big guns today. ...Read more
Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Start with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) (oral tablets) but if no better in a few days, see your doctor. Perhaps at that point they might use systemic (oral or injectable) steroids as well, or topical steroids for the face. I usually don't recommend use of otc cortisone cream for this unless you've been seen by a doctor and it was recommended. ...Read more
Topical bleach: This postinflammatory pigmentation is temporary, and if you have patience and a steady hand you can try using a skin bleach within a quinone. Most people, including those you might be interested in dating, couldn't care less about the brown spots. It's your call. ...Read more
Pigment &/or shadow: Pimples result in a breakdown of the skin and cause a scar. Any scar can get hyperpigmented, i.e. darker, for six months and sunscreen of spf 15 or greater helps to protect against the pigment changes. Chemical lightners help.The scar can also have a depression from the plane of the surrounding skin. When light reflects off of the scar, it appears darker & resurfacing methods help to even scar. ...Read more
Melasma: Melasma is an acquired hyperpigmentation of the skin that typically affects the sun-exposed areas of the face. It is most common in women with darker complexions and often begins during pregnancy. Daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30+ is recommended. Creams like hydroquinone, tretinoin, and fluocinolone can be used for treatment. Alt: Chemical peels or laser and light-based therapies ...Read more
No magic: Keep sunburn cool with moist cool/cold compresses. Avoid alcohol containing products. Break off pieces of aloe vera plant & apply sap to skin. Consider non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds to reduce pain. Don’t yank off peeling skin or burst blisters. Seek medical care for severe pain, fever, lack of improvement of symptoms within several days or if a large surface area is blistered. ...Read more
Many options: Scars mature and can continue to improve for up to a year. They are sun-sensitive and may become hyperpigmented with sun exposure. The best way to treat a scar depends on the scar. Options include silicone gel, silicone sheeting, use of filler (for spot or crater-like scars), laser therapy, hydroquinone, dermabrasion, or kenalog (triamcinolone) injection, or surgical scar revision. See your plastic surgeon. ...Read more
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