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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)

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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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

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What is the best treatment to get rid of acne as a young teen?

What is the best treatment to get rid of acne as a young teen?

Acne: During puberty, there is an increase in sebum production in the skin. Sebum and skin debris clog pores and the blockage results in inflammation. Gently cleaning the surface of the skin and applying acne medications such as benzoyl peroxide or prescription clindamycin help reduce the bacteria and clean up to the top layer of the skin allowing the pimples/comedones to clear over time. ...Read more

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What acne treatment actually works and help get rid of acne fast?

What acne treatment actually works and help get rid of acne fast?

Acne treatments: There are several forms of acne and treatments are specific for different types of acne. Here are the mainstays of prescription treatment: clogged pores: tretinoin (retin a), Adapalene (differin), tazorac inflammatory lesions (red bumps, pustules): topical clindamycin, benzoyl peroxide, erythromycin, sulfur/sulfacetamide cysts: oral doxycyline, minocycline, tetracycline, accutane. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment to use to get rid of acne, and blackheads? I was thinking about getting proactive. Would you recommend that?

What is the best treatment to use to get rid of acne, and blackheads? I was thinking about getting proactive. Would you recommend that?

Worth a try: If you have a more severe form of acne like cystic or nodular it probably won't work for you, if not, Pro-Active is worth a try. It is reasonably priced and if you shop around on line you can find some of their sets for a deal. Give it some time, about a month or so to work. If you don't see any improvement you may need to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get rid of acne with just one month of treatment with Accutane 10mgs? I've been taking it for a month but i'd rather stop. Should i?

Is it possible to get rid of acne with just one month of treatment with Accutane 10mgs? I've been taking it for a month but i'd rather stop. Should i?

Dose too low: For it to work you need to take an adequate dose 1 mg per kilo of. Weight .Ideally a 132 lb person. Should be on 60 mg.The minimum dose is a half a mg per kilo or 30 mg for 132 lb. This shoul be for. 15-20 weeks. If you need the Accutane because nothing else worked stick with it and get the benefit. Discuss this with your dermatologist. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment to get rid of acne scars?

What is the best treatment to get rid of  acne scars?

Acne Scar Treatment: There are a number of options for acne scars depending on their size, shape, depth, and skin type. Laser resurfacing, usually fractional, may help improve the texture of the skin but may require multiple treatments. If there is deep scarring, the scars can be excised or cut out. Subcision, releasing the scar underneath the skin, along with fillers or fat can also improve the skin texture. ...Read more

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What's the best spot treatment to get rid of acne marks and scars?

What's the best spot treatment to get rid of acne marks and scars?

Acne scar treatments: A variety of approaches are necessary to improve not remove acne scars. Specific therapy is dependent on the type of scars and skin type. Potential therapies include subcision, cross tca, medical roll cit, dermabrasion, laser and other treatments, including prp. ...Read more

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Is there a face medicine that will get rid of acne while also getting rid of acne scars?

Is there a face medicine that will get rid of acne while also getting rid of acne scars?

Acne meds: Accutane reduces new acne lesions, and seems to reduce the scars, and the color. Antibiotics reduce new lesions, but not scarring. Topical antibiotics the same. Retina seems to speed the healing of acne lesions, benzoyl peroxide also seems to speed the healing, reduces some new lesions, but not treat the scarring. Some will scar more, others less with similar acne. ...Read more

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Can there be any type of home remedy and or acne treatment that can get rid of pimples overnight?

Can there be any type of home remedy and or acne treatment that can get rid of pimples overnight?

Red marks: 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. Irritated skin will need makeup: coverup/touchup cream if a perfect complexion is needed instantly. ...Read more

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