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Getting Rid Of Zits Fast
Prescription Rx: Get with your personal physician now. You'll use topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day and perhaps additional medication such as a topical or systemic antibiotic. Anything else will disappoint you. This is the 21st century and you have a right to be free of acne. Best wishes. ...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
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
Quickly - no.: 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 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 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
No quick fix: I'm going to assume this is common acne. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician who can add prescription-strength Rx. You need to manage the illness until it self-cures. No lifestyle, diet or hygiene measures will do much. I know you're tough and can carry on with this. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not overnight: 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 more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yeah, but: certainly changes in hormone levels change acne. The amount of weight loss needed to drastically lower hormones (and stop menstrual cycling for example) would be an unsafe amount of weight loss. acne at age 51 is a bit unusual and checking hormonal levels would often be advised. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Prescription: If this is common acne, I have had excellent results in most cases with topical clindamycin, cheap and safe. For tougher cases, systemic tetracycline (don't use if pregnant) or Erythromycin usually works. For severe acne, the most effective medications work but are dangerous enough to require specialty dermatologist consultation. Good luck -- being a teen is tough enough even without acne. ...Read more
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