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How To Get Acne To Go Away Forever
Get older: You need to get used to the fact that acne is a chronic, non-curable, non-lifestyle-related disease that eventually goes away on its own. Until then, if topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated hasn't cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician and talk about managing it with additional Rx. ...Read more
Chronic disease: 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
Scars don't go away: They are the result of healing and are permanent. They do, however, mature, i.e. With time. There are some treatments and procedures that may hasten their maturation and make their appearance less objectionable. A plastic surgeon or dermatologist would be a good place to start. ...Read more
Manage it: Once the lesions have appeared, they need to heal on their own. If you are not yet using a strong topical agent as tolerated, such as benzoyl peroxide, start this now. If you are not clear in two weeks, get with your personal physician. Acne is a serous, chornic, non-lifestyle-related disease that you need to manage especially nowadays. ...Read more
Fleabites: Without a picture i can only assume that the ugly marks you are talking about represent scratch marks from scratching your flea bites.Use pyrethrin to kill the fleas and remove your dog or cat from the environment if they are the source if the fleas. They can be treated by your vet. The pyrethrin should work after several treatments. You can use 1 percent Hydrocortisone to remove your ugly scratch. ...Read more
3 weeks or so: In general, poison ivy/oak/sumac is a 3 week problem. That's how long it usually takes for the reaction to subside and your skin to settle down. As a dermatologist, i will always error on the side of prolonging the treatment to at least 3 weeks to make sure there is no rebound reaction which frequently happens if the treatment is shorter than 3 weeks. ...Read more
That depends: If the scars are new and superficial they may take weeks to months to heal. Older or deeper scars may never go away on their own. The best advise is to consult an experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon to find out what can be done for your scars. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Forever Present: A scar forms when there is healing of an injury to the tissues. Remember that with almost all wounds, healing continues for months and months as we change the stress on the tissues. A scar forms as a result and may have many different appearances and colors. Any dark coloration may fade over time but the tissues never are the same and so some scarring will always be there. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sorry, you can't: There are effective treatments for genital warts, cervical dyspasia, or other HPV abnormalities and may speed clearing of HPV itself. Smoking contributes to persistent HPV and stopping tobacco may help the immune system clear it faster. But that's about all. There are no other treatments, diet, lifestyle, or anything else known to help. But most HPV infections eventually clear up within 1-2 yrs. ...Read more
How long do herpes blisters on the face take to develop? If i go get abreva will it start to go away?
Herpes: 90% of those who get infected with herpes do not have 'blisters' or other outbreak symptoms. The other 10% have a varied experience and not many get acute sores in the post infection phase. I know you are asking a million questions about this, but there is little to help you with this very difficult virus. Only time will tell if you got infected unless your blood tests show an old infection. ...Read more
Scientific Rx: Start with benzoyl peroxide; if this isn't enough visit your physician, first line is topical retinoic derivatives &/or a topical antibiotic such as clindamycin. If still not sufficient, the right systemic antibiotic for you, perhaps tetracycline 500 2x/day. Dermatologist visit if still not clear. Good luck. All acne is manageable today. ...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 more
Scientific Rx: A chronic disease not related to anything you did. If topical benzoyl peroxide fails after 2 weeks, get with your physician. Options will include topical clindamycin, topical retinoic acid derivatives, systemic antibiotics, and for hard cases a dermatology referral for isotretinoin. Dermatologist scarring for the scars when you settle down; fillers etc can help or keep them as seems best. ...Read more
How long does it take cut skin to grow back? And how long should I wait to get its scars to go away? Any home remedies that can help the scars?
Depends: It depends how deep the cut was. The skin is many layers thick. If only the very top layer (the epidermis) was cut it will usually heal with no scar. As deeper layers are cut then one has to perform a "layered" closure, and then it's important to take into account the underlying muscular anatomy. ...Read more
Maybe never: Prescription stuff works much better and even in our loony health care system should be cheap enough. I start with topical clindamycin, with a topical retinoic acid derivative if there are blackheads, moving to systemic antibiotics as appropriate if these prove insufficient. This is the 21st century and you deserve better than a labor-intensive benzoyl peroxide kit. Good luck. ...Read more
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