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Getting Rid Of Zits Overnight
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: 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
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
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
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
Cosmetics: Other than cosmetics, there's no way to get rid of acne instantly. There are many topical preparations (eg, Benzaclin, (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) Evoclin, or even spot treatment with salicylic acid) which can help fairly rapidly as well as (in more severe cases) an oral form of Clindamycin (or Accutane) can be prescribed to help. Talk to your doctor or dermatologist about what might be most appropriate for you. ...Read more
How do I get rid of discoloration on my skin from acne? Its from picking and popping zits. Would laser resurfacing get rid of it?
Improve not remove: Many options exist for cosmetic improvement and include anti-inflammatories, peels, exfoliation, lasers, resurfacing, bleaching, excision, grafting, fillers, and much more, scars vary in their severity and so do the treatments. See a plastic surgeon, dermatologist or ENT for options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Antibiotics, B.P.: Antibiotics and benzoyl peroxide have yielded consistently excellent results for more than 50 years. A dermatologist will give you prescriptions for the combination that works best for you. Don't waste your money on herbal nonsense; it doesn't work, and it will only delay resolution and increase your risk of permanent scarring. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't Squeeze: See your MD or dermatolgist and get treated for the skon condition. ...Read more
Hydroquinone: One of the most effective treatments for "skin stains", or darkening of the skin after acne, is hydroquinone. It is available without a prescription in 2% strength and should be applied twice daily to the dark spots only, not the surrounding normal skin. Some formulations contain glycolic acid, which help as well. It often takes 6 or more weeks to see any improvement. ...Read more
Wishful thinking: 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. For a single pimple, try a hot shower and then a warm wet compress, if ready to drain, can help. Don't scratch or pick. ...Read more
Rein A: Retin-a or one of it's derivatives (differin, tazorac, (tazarotene) etc) is the best preventative prescription for this. In addition, you may see a dermatologist who can open up and drain the white heads and inject a local cortisone to the bumps. Your skin will thank you for the trip to the derm office! ...Read more
Won't happen: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day. Use oil free products on face. No oily hair. No heavy foundations. Don't squeeze pimples. Avoid touching face (i.e., cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider otc products (w salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). If > mild acne see dermatologist. ...Read more
Can't: 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
May not be able to.: 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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Adult acne manifests from a number of different causes and is best managed and prevented using prescription strength topical acne preparations. Rather than over-the-counter options i would consider an evaluation with a reputable med spa or area dermatologist who can provide you with these types of solutions. ...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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