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Could you tell me what happens if you use too much soap/acne treatment a day to get rid of bad acne?

Get real Rx: If you have severe "bad" acne and are using soap (which will not touch it) and an over-the-counter treatment (the only one that works is benzoyl peroxide), then you are being denied 21st century treatment for a serious, chronic disease that may not remit for many years. Please get with your personal physician; acne can always be managed. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne 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 face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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How can I get rid of bad acne?

How can I get rid of bad acne?

Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients "get worse before they get better". ...Read more

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"how do I get rid of bad acne?" please help my, im always teased I have tried multiple face washes and they don't work!

"how do I get rid of bad acne?" please help my, im always teased I have tried multiple face washes and they don't work!

Scientific Rx: If topical benzoyl peroxide hasn't cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician who can add something. Acne's not a lifestyle-induced disease but having visible lesions in the 21st century is a sign of neglect. Teasing is one thing; failing a job interview because of it is another. Get treated effectively, now. ...Read more

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Hello doctor how can I get rid of bad acne?

Hello doctor how can I get rid of bad acne?

Acne vulgaris: You need a good cleanser and benzoyl peroxide product. Your age this is hormone related. A good exfoliator will work to keep dead cells off the face also. Don't forget moisturizer. ...Read more

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What are good home remedies that you can do to get rid of really bad acne?

What are good home remedies that you can do to get rid of really bad acne?

Wrong approach: Acne is a chronic, non-lifestyle-related disease that's a grave personal and professional liability. Nothing you can do at home will clear severe acne. You need a physician's help. The medicines cost relatively little except for isotretinoin, but even if this is necessary, it's cheaper than not being able to get a job because of your face. Do what you need to. ...Read more

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How to get rid of acne scars under $100. I have acne scars and have been trying to get rid of it so bad but i don't know what is good for a 15 year old boy! i looked up acid treatment and laser treatment but is unsure about which to pick.

How to get rid of acne scars under $100. I have acne scars and have been trying to get rid of it so bad but i don't know what is good for a 15 year old boy! i looked up acid treatment and laser treatment but is unsure about which to pick.

Unfortunately : Unfortunately you will not be able to get rid of acne scars for that amount. The gold standard for acne scar improvement is fractional laser done multiple times - and that is usuallly between $500 to $800 per session. If your scars are merely dark areas, you should use a good sunblock all the time and try a few of the dark spot correctors (neutrogena is one) any over the counter treatment will only be minimally effective in correcting discoloration, but if a big issue is dark marks, anything that helps is a plus. Red marks will eventually resolve on their own if you don't "worry" the skin by picking or using abrasive scrubs. As for actual scarring that causes a shadow because of the depth, your only solution lies in a medical office. The big factor to control is your acne to prevent further scarring. If you are still breaking out, most dermatology visits will fall under insurance - as will the topical and oral medications. ...Read more

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How can I know a fast way to get rid of acne, or something that really works getting rid of it?

How can I know a fast way to get rid of acne, or something that really works getting rid of it?

Scientific Rx: For someone with a serious acne problem who wants fast results, perhaps for the prom, topical benzoyl peroxide, topical clindamycin, and systemic tetracycline perhaps 500 2x/day is one possible combination; it would be adjusted after. All acne is manageable. If you're responsible for a teen's health, it's your duty to get him/her seen. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the safest treatment to get rid of acne?

What is the safest treatment to get rid of acne?

Quite a few options: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel/cream is quite helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel/cream such as Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) gel. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or Differin gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral antibiotics such as tetracycline can be used also. If acne is quite severe, a dermatologist offers additional help. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more