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How To Deal With Acne
Stop neglecting it: I'm sorry that you've ended up with acne scars, but you're old enough now to take your treatment into your own hands. You need to get with your physician now. Start using a topical agent such as benzoyl peroxide and your physician will probably add a systemic antibiotic. If this fails to clear you, Isotretinoin is a serious consideration. Specialists can make scars less visible. Take charge. ...Read more
A common human skin disease characterized by areas of scaly red skin (seborrhea) with blackheads/whiteheads (comedones) , pinheads (papules), large papules (nodules), pimples & possibly scarring. Occurs mostly on face, upper chest & back. Treated with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic ...Read more
Serious Rx: Anyone that you describe in these terms needs to be under a physician's care. Either it is severe acne or something equally serious. You say "their". If you are referring to your children, it is incumbent upon you to take them to an evidence-based physician for care. No cult or "pop" treatments will help, and if you fail here, they will resent it for the rest of their lives. ...Read more
As for anyone: Topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated especially before you go to bed. Your acne scarring needs to be addressed by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon with a laser, microsurgery or filler -- I'm sorry you ended with scars in the first place; all acne is manageable nowadays. ...Read more
Acne: It is important to treat your acne so that you don't get permanent scarring. Some patients wait too long before seeing their dermatologist to have their acne treated. Normally topical medicines and internal antibiotics are used to keep acne under control. You can start with an over the counter benzoyl peroxide wash while you are waiting for your appointment with your dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Scientific Rx: If two weeks on over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide doesn't clear you, get with your physician. You may be a rx for a topical retinoic acid derivative, the oral contraceptive pill (if you're female), topical clindamycin, a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline, or a dermatology referral for possible isotretinoin. All acne is manageable today; it's not a hygiene or lifestyle problem. We can help. ...Read more
Settle down: All acne is manageable. If 5% topical benzoyl peroxide twice a day hasn't cleared you in two weeks, any licensed physician can start adding additional prescription medications, one of which is certain to clearly you unless you require dermatologist referral for isotretinoin, for which you must fill out a legal agreement. Be brave and get yourself treated. ...Read more
Acne: 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 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
I did not have acne until recently as an adult (27). My breakouts tend to occur in the same spots and seem to stick around forever! what's the deal?
Adult Acne: Adult acne is a b&(*h. 30-40% of adults have some degree of acne, including many who never had acne as a teenager. Adult acne is usually different than teenage acne. There are a variety of treatments available. For women, looking at hormonal therapy is often worthwhile. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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