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Getting Rid Of A Zit
Derm eval: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day ; use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Exfoliate occasionally. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider otc products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). If > mild acne see dermatology. ...Read more
Acne scars: One important factor is prevent new scars-get your acne under control. Find a dermatologist to tackle that with you. Most treatment to improve the appearance of acne scars use special technology to remodel the skin. The device I use to treat acne scars is called ematrix--see for info: http://www.Smacboca.Com/e-matrix-sublative-rejuvenation.Html other options include fractional lasers or subscision. ...Read more
Prescription Rx: Get with your personal physician now. You'll use topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day and perhaps additional medication such as a topical or systemic antibiotic. Anything else will disappoint you. This is the 21st century and you have a right to be free of acne. Best wishes. ...Read more
Pimple: You may want to use salicylic acid gel to dry it out. Neutrogena has a line call 24 hour acne clearing system or you can try acnefree system as well. If you need the pimple to go away incredibly fast, then a visit to a dermatologist to inject an anti-inflammatory would be my best advise. ...Read more
Natural Healing: Pimples occur when glands in our skin get blocked and what they secrete collects and causes pressure. The immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. Gentle cleansing and avoid picking/squeezing lets nature take its course. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Acne wash: The black head on a pimple (open comedon) is pigment seen in the opening of a hair follicle and not dirt. Using benzoyl peroxide--either alone or in combination with another acne medication---is an effective means of taking care of this. Manual expression of the plug in the hair shaft will also work, but is not recommended if their is a large number of blackheads. ...Read more
Leave it alone: If you hadn't popped the pimple in the first place it would be gone by now. I know how hard it is to leave pimples alone, but you'll be surprised how much less "angry" your face looks when you use your prescribed treatment and keep your hands off. I tell all my patients, "your face is not on strike, you don't have to pick it.". ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: There are different types of scars from acne. Pits, craters, etc.. Often use of mechanical dermabrasion for crater-like scars helps reduce their visual effects. Occasionally dermal fillers help with these also. "ice-pick" like scars are more difficult to deal with, and may remain looking like enlarged pores. If very extensive and close together these are removed surgically to help. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Wishful thinking: To paraphrase, anyone who tells you they can rid you of acne overnight is selling something. Acne is a problem of months and years. There is no quick fix. There are good treatments to be had at every drugstore starting with benzoyl peroxide creams and mild cleansers. For a single pimple, try a hot shower and then a warm wet compress, if ready to drain, can help. Don't scratch or pick. ...Read more
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