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How Pimple Can Vanish
PIMPLES TO VANISH: If these are acne pimples, you should top eating nuts and peanut butter. Stop chocolate; cut down on dairy products. Wash with neutrogena acne wash or stridex pads, and apply a bpo (benzoyl peroxide) cream or lotion -- something like clearasil -- on the affected areas at night. If it persists, see a dermatologist who may prescribe an oral antibiotic for you. ...Read more
Various ways: First, make sure your acne is being treated so as to not produce new scars! red or brown marks can be faded with lasers and/or topical fading creams. Many depressed acne scars can improve with laser treatments (such as ablative or non ablative fractional resurfacing treatments). Deep scars may need to be untethered (subcision) or actually cut out (excised). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Improve, not remove: Scars are permanent. Having said that, there are ways to make them less noticeable. The first is time: scars mature over 6-18 months and don't assume their final form till then. Other methods are pressure, silicone sheeting, mederma, steroid injections or surgery. Surgery is a last resort for most scars, but many can be improved in this way if all else fails. ...Read more
No quick fix: Acne isn't curable though it eventually remits as you get older. Until then, acne confined to the cheeks can usually be eliminated by topical benzoyl peroxide and/or a salicylic acid wash. Use as tolerated. If this isn't sufficient, adding a topical antibiotic from your physician will probably be sufficient. ...Read more
Some options...: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel or cream is quite helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel or cream such as Cleocin (clindamycin) gel. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or Differin gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral antibiotics like tetracycline can be used. If quite severe, a dermatologist may use Accutane. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acne: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day ; use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. 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). Retinoids/ comedone extractor can be helpful for black heads. If > mild acne see dermatology. ...Read more
Many options: Scars mature and can continue to improve for up to a year. They are sun-sensitive and may become hyperpigmented with sun exposure. The best way to treat a scar depends on the scar. Options include silicone gel, silicone sheeting, use of filler (for spot or crater-like scars), laser therapy, hydroquinone, dermabrasion, or kenalog (triamcinolone) injection, or surgical scar revision. See your plastic surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Scientific Rx: Glad you're seeking treatment. If a few weeks on over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide isn't a great success, your physician may add a topical antibiotic such as clindamycin. If your acne is only on your face, you're less likely to need to move onto a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 mg 2x/day, but perhaps this is in your future. Dermatologists have the big guns. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't pick!: First of all, don't pick. If you have an inflamed pimple, you can use put a cool compress on it for comfort, or a warm compress if is a whitehead about to drain. Sometimes a trip to doctor for a tiny drop of steroid via injection. Use a tiny amount of Bacitracin until the scab is gone. Then try a scar gel like bio-oil or kelocote. Keep spf 30 over it, so that it doesn't get as much brown pigment. ...Read more
Manage it: I'm sorry you had scars. This didn't have to happen, and if you want to be rid of them, you'll need specialized health care -- laser, filler, or microsurgery. If you've had scarring, your acne is still probably bad enough to require a physician's care. Home remedies probably won't be sufficient. Benzoyl peroxide or retinoic acid until you can get seen. This is the truth. Best wishes. ...Read more
Acne: Warm compress until comes to a head, then gently unroof it with a sterile needle after alcohol around it, but do not squeeze. Clean discharge. Use benzoyl peroxide products like oxy5 and 10 and some Clearasil products overnight, astringent like SebaNil which are alcohol-based and drying, and soap you can see-through. Visit your physician for antibiotics, if warranted. Dermatology. Proactiv popular ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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