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How To Get Rid Of Bad Acne Overnight
Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients "get worse before they get better". ...Read more
"how do I get rid of bad acne? " please help my, im always teased I have tried multiple face washes and they don't work!
Scientific Rx: If topical benzoyl peroxide hasn't cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician who can add something. Acne's not a lifestyle-induced disease but having visible lesions in the 21st century is a sign of neglect. Teasing is one thing; failing a job interview because of it is another. Get treated effectively, now. ...Read more
Could you tell me what happens if you use too much soap/acne treatment a day to get rid of bad acne?
Get real Rx: If you have severe "bad" acne and are using soap (which will not touch it) and an over-the-counter treatment (the only one that works is benzoyl peroxide), then you are being denied 21st century treatment for a serious, chronic disease that may not remit for many years. Please get with your personal physician; acne can always be managed. ...Read more
Rx: This is the 21st century and nobody needs to have acne; life's hard enough. I start with topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative. If this hasn't worked well in two weeks, choose a systemic antibiotic such as Erythromycin or a tetracycline that is right for that person. Dermatologists have stronger medicines andlasers. Good luck. ...Read more
See dermatologist: See a dermatologist who may prescribe a combination of topical medications and/or oral antibiotics to help. ...Read more
Getting rid of acne: I tell my patients that the best one can hope for is acne control. True there are those with teenage acne that resolves in adulthood. There are also those who continue to get acne well into adulthood. Combination therapy aimed at reducing oil production, increasing skin cell turnover, reducing inflammation and controlling infection is best. Chemical peels, laser and light treatments also help. ...Read more
Wrong approach: Acne is a chronic, non-lifestyle-related disease that's a grave personal and professional liability. Nothing you can do at home will clear severe acne. You need a physician's help. The medicines cost relatively little except for isotretinoin, but even if this is necessary, it's cheaper than not being able to get a job because of your face. Do what you need to. ...Read more
Serious Rx: If you're using the word "horrible" then you're not going to be able to treat it with home / pop / "natural" remedies. Start using topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated and get with your personal physician who can add something that will clear you. If it's severe, and you're offered isotretinoin, be brave and go for it. Best wishes. ...Read more
I have a very bad acne problem. Tried so many products but it won't work. How can I get rid of it?
Acne: Acne can be treated by your dermatologist. You will not be able to cure it by yourself if you have a bad case. It requires internal antibiotic therapy that must be monitored and adjusted according to your response. Acne can be cured with 13 cis retinoic acid but that requires close monitoring and blood tests for 5 or 10 months. ...Read more
What to do if I got pretty bad acne and I wanted to know it there was any way to get rid of it quickly?
No quick fix: "Pretty bad" acne is unlikely to respond to over-the-counter remedies. Start using topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated and get with your personal physician. Acne is a chronic, non-curable disease that you'll need to manage until it remits on its own. If you are offered isotretinoin, please give it serious consideration. It's not for the faint-hearted but is the last and strongest resource. ...Read more
Derm Eval.: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day & use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Exfoliate occasionally. 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). If > mild acne see dermatology (discuss meds, comedone extractor, pore strips, etc.). ...Read more
Forgive my frankness: Imagine you are trapped in a burning house. Would you shout at the firefighters, "can you help me without spraying water? " this is the 21st century, and if for some reason you are reluctant to use evidence-based scientific medicine, you have my sympathy. You deserve better. If benzoyl peroxide has failed, get with your physician; topical Clindamycin added will probably clear you. ...Read more
Scientific rx: This is too severe to use just benzoyl peroxide though it is likely to help. Physician's office visit. Options may include topical retinoic acid derivative (choice 4 blackheads), 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
I have had really bad acne, but I don't know why. Any ideas of how I can get rid of it? I have tried several scrubs and they do t seem to work.
Persistance: The severity of acne varies and the aggressiveness of treatment that it requires also varies. Acne can almost always be satisfactorily treated. If you have already discussed this with your primary doctor, make an appointment with dermatology. Try not to give up. The first thing you use may not help, but there is something out there that should take care of it. ...Read more
Acne: Your doctor may be able to help you with prescribing a antibiotic/acne medicated body wash as well as retin-a. This will help address the 3 ways that lead to acne - oil production, clogged pores, and bacteria. You may also try to wear lose fitting clothing particularly during activities with high perspiration. ...Read more
I can't get rid of by bad back and chest acne. Do the same face acne creams work on the back/chest?
Yes: A lotion or spray may be better vehicle for large areas. ...Read more
Hi I recently have been breaking out very badly and suffer from dark spots what can I do to lighten then and also get rid on acne?
Manage, not cure: Topical benzoyl peroxide and/or tretinoin are often enough to control your acne until it remits on its own. There's no telling when this will happen. Remember that acne's really not related in any obvious way to lifestyle, diet, or anything else we understand. I'd suggest you leave the pigmented areas alone; bleaches can disfigure you. ...Read more