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Getting Rid Of Zits Fast
Scientific Rx: If two weeks on over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide doesn't clear you, get with your physician. You may be a rx for a topical retinoic acid derivative, the oral contraceptive pill (if you're female), topical clindamycin, a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline, or a dermatology referral for possible isotretinoin. All acne is manageable today; it's not a hygiene or lifestyle problem. We can help. ...Read more
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, pangea organics 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
Neither works well: Both will disappoint you. This is the 21st century, you've worked hard, and you have a right to someting effective. I start with topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative. If this isn't enough, add oral Erythromycin or tetracycline as appropriate for the person. Dermatologists have even stronger stuff. Good luck. ...Read more
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
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
How do you get rid of acne and acne scars. I also have blackheads on my arms and pimples on my back and neck too. I need a treatment that works fast?
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
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
Scientific Rx: Two weeks trial of topical benzoyl peroxide alone. This clears most mild acne. If not clear, physician's office visit. Options may include topical retinoic acid derivative, topical clindamycin, the oral contraceptive pill for a woman who can take it, and/or an appropriate systemic antibiotic right for the patient. Tough cases referred for isotretinoin. Manage as a chronic disease. Good luck. ...Read more
Improve not remove: Unfortunately there is no way to eliminate scars only improve them. Prevention with good skin care and hygiene and topical and/or oral antibiotics if needed are the best. Once scars are formed, avoiding sun exposure and tobacco use are important to help resolve the scars. ...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
Acne Scar Treatment: There is no secret solution to acne scars. You cannot get rid of them 'fast'. Before you even start thinking about acne scar treatment, your acne should be under control and you shouldn't be using Accutane for that control. There is no topical agent that will clear acne scars. If there were, it would be a best seller and in everyone's home. Sorry to disappoint you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if I have a huge pimple on my chin: which treatment should I undergo to get rid of it?
Pimples vs acne: There may be a variety of causes at first need to be evaluated prior to recommending a blanket statement. Hormonal or food sensitivities may require medication. Otherwise good skin hygiene with possible use of antibiotics or anti-inflammatory agents as well as topical retinoids may be beneficial. ...Read more
My girlfriend has gotten a lot of zits on her face in the past week. Is there a way to get rid of them fast?
I have tried everything to get rid of acne, desperate to get rid of it. Could you tell me any effective treatment?
Acne: Need to be on antibiotics sometimes. You may end having facial resurfacing. ...Read more
I'm 37 and have always had great skin. I have the worst zit I've ever had by about 1000x. It hurts. How can I get rid of it fast?????
See Dermatologist: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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