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Getting Rid Of Whiteheads Naturally
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Scientific Rx: With many blackheads, i'd start you on a retinoic acid derivative topically along with topical clindamycin. If this isn't fully successful, a systenic antibiotic that's right for you is the next step. Dermatologists have the big guns and can abolish any and all acne. You have a right to be acne-free in the 21st century if that is your wish. Good luck. ...Read more
Good skin care: Retinoids (derivatives vitamin a) may be some of the most effective medications and available as retinols (over the counter) or as a prescription in the form of retin a (tretinoin) or accutane. A good skin care regimen (soap/moisturizer/acid) are best and the acne may not always be preventable or treatable due to natural hormone alterations. Discuss with your gynecologist and dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acne: Don't wash your face with body soap. Also don't use alcohol or comedogenic products on your face. Try to find an acne wash system like neutrogena or something with benzoyl peroxide. Following low sodium diet might help too, since acne-causing bacteria like salt. You can try to prevent spreading bacteria onto your face by not touching your face, washing your phone, etc. ...Read more
Prevention is best: Preventing acne breakouts is the best form of treatment. Once formed, scars are amenable to variety of techniques depending upon whether they are depressed, pitted, boxlike or elevated.. These include fillers and subcision to free up and elevate depressions and boxes; punch-excision or pinpoint chemical peels to remove pits; and intralesional injections and scalpel removal for elevations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not curable: You need to manage your acne like an adult. If you have disease on your trunk, or a topical retinoic acid derivative (good if you have blackheads) or topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician who will add prescription-strength Rx. No lifestyle, diet, or hygiene change will clear you, nor will any "pop" Rx online. ...Read more
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