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How Do I Get Rid Of My Acne
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
Benzoyl Peroxide: I would start with an over the counter benzoyl peroxide wash like panoxyl. Be aware that benzoyl peroxide can be irritating to the skin and it can bleach dark clothing. You need to rinse it off very well in the shower. This would be a good start. You can also try otc salicylic acid products. If it doesn't work after 1 month, i would recommend seeing a physician. ...Read more
How do I get rid of my acne? I wash face, shower daily, pin hair up, eat right, rarely touch face, and i don't wear make-up!
No Magic: Unfortunately scars are permanent. With that said we can do things to make them less noticeable. First any active components should be treated medically. Then deep pock marks can be punch excised and finally the skin can be smoothed some with dermabrasion, chemical peels or laser resurfacing. Expect a noticeable improvement but not a miracle and you will be happy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have acne and topical creams don't work. I also have a history of eczema and allergies. How do I get rid of my acne?
Other options: Have you tried all the prescription topicals? Or the combination of benzoyl peroxide and a prescription topical cream or gel? There are also oral and topical antibiotics and Accutane as a last resort. You may also consider laser therapy and/or chemical facial treatments if none of the other medications work. For your eczema you should try a noncomedogenic moisturizer 1-2 times a day. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it really acne?: Over the counter acne products, like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, may help with mild "black heads". Make sure to use with a gentle cleanser and moisturizer. Adult acne-like lesions can also be associated with the aging process, rosacea, and other medical conditions or medications. See a derm if you are not improving. ...Read more
The same way...: ...You get rid of facial acne - by seeing a dermatologist and getting proper treatment. Backs are a special case - the skin is thicker, and usually covered with clothing, and there is more oil and perspiration. That's why you should seek the help of a professional if it's not responding to common otc remedies. ...Read more
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