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Goldenseal And Acne
Bad idea: Nothing you can do at home will help with the scars. Topical benzoyl peroxide in a strength and frequency you can tolerate is your best rx; if you're not clear of new lesions in two weeks, get with your personal physician. If you ended with acne scars because your parents are 'natural healing' buffs, you have my sympathy. Take charge and demand effective treatment. ...Read more
Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'. ...Read more
Will disappont: The oil is shiny and will make the scars less visible as long as it's there. It will have no long-term effect. I'm sorry that your acne was not managed properly and you got scarred in the first place. This would be a great time to get with your personal physician especially if your Retin-A is not giving you adequate acne relief -- there's much more we can offer. ...Read more
Depends: Best treatment is individualized. For women it may be certain oral contraceptive pills or spironolactone. For very severe acne or acne resistant to initial therapy, oral isotretinoin is the most effective. Plan on several months of treatment to achieve desired result. After isotretinoin there may be no maintenance. With all others there will be months to years of continued maintenance. ...Read more
Can I use tea tree oil to prevent acne on my face as its a natural alternate for benzyol peroxide? My skin type is oily
Can work: Tea tree oil has some antiseptic properties and some studies have shown efficacy for treatment of acne. It's probably safest to use as a spot treatment. Some people can develop an allergic contact dermatitis to tea tree oil known as melaleuca oil dermatitis, so be careful. Consulting a dermatologist for acne treatment and management is recommended. ...Read more
How effective is tretnoin 0.025% and topical clindamycin 1% for fighting acne and pimples ( velac), will it manage acne better than tretinoin alone?
Effective: Combo better than solo.Get a more detailed answer ›
Benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) for acne: Yes, unless you are allergic to it. ...Read more
NONE: If you go into the typical herb store they will take your money & send you home with a useless product. Don't be a sucker. See a dermatologist. ...Read more
Acne cures: Acne treatment may be as simple as using a topical drying agent like benzoyl peroxide to using lasers to taking an oral medication as strong as accutane. Everyone's different. Acne redness will usually fade with time as your acne clears, but this may take over a year. I like to use either ipl or red light photo dynamic therapy to speed up the clearing of inflamed or red acne. ...Read more
Have a benzoyl peroxide cleanser, a salicylic acid cleanser, tea tree oil, and some aloe vera gel. How can I use these together effectively to treat acne?
May not work: Use the topical benzoyl peroxide as you can tolerate, a daily wash with the salicylic acid, tea tree oil only if you are a female (it's made men grow breasts), leave the aloe vera unused. This will clear you only if your acne is mild. If it's on your trunk is producing scars or isn't gone in two weeks, get with your physician who can add prescription-strength Rx. ...Read more
Yes and yes: It will irritate your skin but will clear mild acne in about two weeks if you apply it aggressively. It's the best first choice for treatment. If you are not clear in two weeks, get with your physician. Acne is a serious, chronic non-lifestyle-related disease that is often a major personal and professional liability, and that can always be managed. Best wishes. ...Read more
I heard honey and saltwater works for acne and also coco butter helps remove acne scars. Is this really true?
No: The only non-prescription medicine that really helps acne is benzoyl peroxide. You owe it to yourself to get prescription treatment; all acne is manageable today with topical / oral meds, and a dermatologist can fill in, laser off, or abrade the scars to make them less conspicuous if that is your wish. ...Read more
I have acne & can I use an Ayurvedic soap free acne face wash which contains neem & turmeric as main ingredients and it has also no harmful chemicals?
This sounds okay: Dr. Baker is one of my favorite teammates here and he's almost certainly right about when it's okay to use ayurvedic remedies as your major treatment and when they're only adjuncts. Retinoic acid is a mainstay of acne treatment and as a vitamin, it may also appeal to you. Enjoying your body is not a health problem and not the cause of your acne. Embrace who you are and be healthy. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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