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Can you explain if it's safe to use bottle benzoyl peroxide for spot acne treatment?

Can you explain if it's safe to use bottle benzoyl peroxide for spot acne treatment?

Yes it is safe: Yes it is safe and can be used depending on the severity and comes in different strengths, along with other therapies if needed. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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What is best solution for facial skin after long acne treatment with aha acid? Skin is thin, sensitive, lost it's pigmentation and still have spots.,

What is best solution for facial skin after long acne treatment with aha acid? Skin is thin, sensitive, lost it's pigmentation and still have spots.,

Overtreated: The skin sounds like it is overtreated? Stop ahas and use Hydrocortisone cream for few days and see dermatologist to address pigment issues with slow approach to evening skin color.Possible weak retinoids such as retin a, (tretinoin) altralin, or differin. ...Read more

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Is it common to take "sulfamethoxazole-tmp" pills for acne treatment (apparently its suppose to stop bacteria growth under the dark acne scar spots)?

Is it common to take "sulfamethoxazole-tmp" pills for acne treatment (apparently its suppose to stop  bacteria growth under the dark acne scar spots)?

See below: Smx-tmp is one of several antibiotics used to control cases of more severe acne (tetracycline family, clindamycin, some cephalosporins, Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) are also used). If acne is mild, use topical antibiotics to avoid side effects of systemic antibiotics: e.g., smx-tmp is a notorious photosensitizer, so use sunblock while taking it. Dermatologist can optimize regimen for acne. ...Read more

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How to know what acne treatment to use?

How to know what acne treatment to use?

Basic Rx: Get some generic topical benzoyl peroxide, starting perhaps with 5% and use (concentration, frequency) as tolerated. If you're not clear in two weeks, phone your personal physician. Ignore all the overpriced and gimmicky stuff. All acne is manageable nowadays but it is not always pleasant or easy. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What was the most effective acne treatment?

What was the most effective acne treatment?

Most effective acne : The treatment depends on the severiyi of acne. Most of the acne can be treated with various combinations containing benzyl peroxide , topical antibiotics, topical retinoids and in some cases oral tetracyclines resistance cases and nodular, cystic acne use accutane, but it has too many side effects birth defects and others roche pulled Accutane of the market in 2009 after jury awarded millions of $$. ...Read more

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Please describe a good acne treatment brand?

Please describe a good acne treatment brand?

Benzoyl peroxide: This is your first line of treatment. If you do not have a good result in two weeks, get with your personal physician. It can be managed but not cured. Acne is a serious personal and professional liabilty, and is unrelated to lifestyle or hygiene. Do what you need to. ...Read more

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What would be a great fast working acne treatment?

What would be a great fast working acne treatment?

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

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Whats the best acne treatment in stores that you'd recommend?

Whats the best acne treatment in stores that you'd recommend?

Acne guide: Start with these two acne guides: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s5/nl/432446/03d172d7-78f0-4a9d-816e-fa1c28a06a61/ https://www.evernote.com/shard/s5/nl/432446/5c8209b5-de70-4b87-b1d9-c3476ca3be3d/ Hope that helps. A good OTC acne wash is Benzoyl Peroxide Wash, 5%. Cetaphil makes a good foam wash, and moisturizer lotion for acne prone skin with SPF 30 ...Read more

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What would happen if you stop using the exposed acne treatment?

You will save money: You could taper slowly. Look for the ingredients found in the product to determine if it is actually a good product. Avoid parabens, petrolatum, mineral oils etc. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more