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Getting Rid Of Pimples Naturally
Tough: The best answer would be to wait until your hormones settle down, but somehow i believe you are not satisfied with this answer. There have been tons of different "natural" ways suggested, but none has been shown to work. Sorry! ...Read more
Outgrow it: Acne regresses sometime during adult life. The "natural" remedies (vinegar, tea tree oil) aren't strong enough when acne's a serious problem as it often is. It's not lifestyle-related or caused by bad hygiene. Benzoyl peroxide is the best home remedy. Beyond this, a physician can manage tough cases. Good luck. ...Read more
Time: They fade by themselves in a few weeks. I trust your acne is being controlled now -- if topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, your physician's prescription-strength rx will handle it. A topical hydroquinone bleach applied skilfully can make the pigment less visible, but it's probably not worth the trouble. ...Read more
Tincture of time: Most of the dark marks and red spots left when pimples go away are not scars, they are just marks. They go away by themselves, although they sometimes take their sweet time about it. True scars - depressions in the skin - are permanent, although dermatologists and plastic surgeons have a variety of techniques for making them less obvious. ...Read more
Good hygiene & OTC's: Good face washing with an acne scrub, otc, and keeping your hands away from your face and keeping the oil production down will help. Reducing stress and watching the foods your eat, ie, spicy foods and then using and otc acne preparation. If complicated, see your pcp or dermatologist and get a prescription med. May have menses related issues and med related issues as well. May need antibiotic. ...Read more
Why "tricks"?: Acne is a serious, chronic, non-lifestyle-related disease and a serious personal and professional handicap that deserves scientific treatment like any other. If benzoyl peroxide for two weeks has failed, get with your personal pysician for a topical or systemic antibiotic and/or a topical retinoic acid derivative. You owe it to yourself / the person you're responsible for. ...Read more
Scientific Rx: Benzoyl peroxide for starters. If not sufficient, topical Clindamycin and/or a topical retinoic acid derivative the latter especially if there are a lot of blackheads. Next step for a lady is the oral contraceptive pill if it is right for her. Then a systemic antibiotic right for the person. The big guns is accutae, not pleasant cheap or without risks but hugely effective and very much worth it. ...Read more
Comedone extractor: 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 (discuss meds, comedone extractor, pore strips, etc.). ...Read more
Yes, drys it out ;..: Toothpaste and most other neutral ph. "clean" drying agents can "treat" the symptoms of acne pimples just like many otc acne treatments. Also, it is possible that the antibacterial agent triclosan found only in colgate total may have an additional minor therapeutic value as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sunscreens, acne med: Prevent further break outs by continuing your acne medication and gentle cleansing your skin, but avoid picking pimples which causes deeper infection. Also, after a pimple, many individuals get increased pigmentation at the site. Sunblock can help that. Unfortunately, it takes time. ...Read more
No such thing: I'm sorry, Heather. If you have acne scars because your family didn't allow you to be treated by a scientific physician out of superstitious preference for "natural medicine", you have my deepest sympathy. An evidence-based dermatologist or plastic surgeon can offer you treatment with laser, microsurgery, and/or fillers. Nothing you do alone, or anything you can buy from an herbalist, will help. ...Read more
"naturally" ?: Swimming and long showers may help. Any kind of peel. Squeezing them out. Best remedy long-term is prescription tretinoin (Retin A) or adapalene (Differin). Available in different strengths and forms, typically applied at bedtime for at least several months. May be irritating at first but better tolerated with time. Blackheads are NOT DIRT. They are not related to food or stress. ...Read more
Get scientific: Acne is too serious a problem to trust to the herbalists and "holistic" healers, though their adjuncts may be of some use. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. Acne can't be cured but will eventually remit on its own. Until then, you must manage it as a chronic illness. ...Read more
Steam and express: Gently warm and moisten the area with a heated moist hand towel for 10 minutes. Then use either slight pressure from 2 fingers or 2 q-tips in a rocking motion to gently express the contents. A purchased comedone extractor may be used, a small round end of a paper clip may also work in a gentle rocking motion. Sometimes the skin will need to opened slightly, this should only be done by your doc! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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