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How To Get Rid Of Moles And Freckles
I wouln't try it: If you use a freckle remover, even from a dermatologist, you risk disfiguring yourself. Freckles are endearing, they're distinctively you, and a majority of your friends probably like them. Ask them. If you want them less prominent, avoid excess sunlight -- wise in any case. ...Read more
A freckle is a small brown spot on your skin, caused by sun exposure. Use your abcde's to tell the difference between a freckle and skin cancer. A=asymmetry. B=border [irregular]. C=color [irregular]. D=diameter [larger than a pencil eraser]. E=evolving [change in color, size, height, new symptoms like bleeding, itching or crusting]. These are danger signs that ...Read more
Acne Treatment: There are many over the counter options to try. In general, you need one medication to kill bacteria, like benzoyl peroxide, and a second medication to help unplug your pores, like salicylic acid. There are also many prescription treatments if these fail. Hormonal therapy can work as well, like birth control pills or spironolactone. In severe cases, Accutane is another option. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hydroquinone: Hydroquinone over-the-counter remedies are available, but you must be patient and stay out of the sun. A dermatologist can offer stronger treatments. Be sure that this is what you want to do rather than something you think you should do or need to do -- it's your choice. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I wouldn't try it: If you use a freckle remover, even from a dermatologist, you risk disfiguring yourself. Freckles are endearing, they're distinctively you, and a majority of your friends probably like them. Ask them. If you want them less prominent, avoid excess sunlight -- wise in any case. ...Read more
I wouldn't try to: If you use a freckle remover, even from a dermatologist, you risk disfiguring yourself. Freckles are endearing, they're distinctively you, and a majority of your friends probably like them. Ask them. If you want them less prominent, avoid excess sunlight -- wise in any case. ...Read more
Manage your acne: Depressed scars can only be managed by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon with special equipment. Post-inflammatory red and/or brown spots are best left alone; the redness is new vessels for healing. Better late than never -- start treating your acne effectively. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated hasn't cleared you in 2 weeks, get with your personal physician. ...Read more
Bleaching/laser/peel: Unfortunately it is not that easy getting rid of freckles, a genetic trait that is intensified by sun exposure. Otc bleaching cream such lustra (hydroquinone) may help. Chemical peels/laser treatments are more effective but often costly. You must minimize sun exposure otherwise it will re-darken. Of course, covering make-up provides instant improvement! consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Some ideas.: Some ideas: http://www.top10homeremedies.com/home-remedies/home-remedies-moles.html Make sure you don't have any "warning signs" of problem moles described in the article. If you do, or think you might, see a dermatologist or facial plastic surgeon for assessment before you start self treatment. ...Read more
Seek Dermatologist's: A good dermatologist can check your moles and advice you whether your moles are benign or suspected to be cancerous. More than 90% of the moles are benign and do not need surgery, yet they need to be monitored carefully both by you(for any changes) as well as your doctor, and you need to use sunb protection on your skin on a regular basis. ...Read more
Don't think so: Over-the-counter "mole removal" creams probably work like the "wart removal" creams, using some irritant or acid to destroy cells on the skin. Moles have pigmented cells that include cells that are deeper down in the skin surface, so the cells that are not destroyed will likely reproduce to prevent the mole from going away. It's best to have a dermatologist look at any moles a person doesn't want. ...Read more
No "natural" Rx: Please forgive my frankness. You're involved with "natural healing" but it won't touch the pigmented lesions on your face. If you develop a melanoma, you'll need surgery or you will die. If you want the nevi / lentigos off your face, you'll need laser or microsurgery. You can also consider keeping them -- it's a personal preference. Find an evidence-based holist in your community. Best wishes. ...Read more
Mole removal: A small injection of numbing medicine such as Lidocaine is used prior to the procedure. An instrument is then used to remove the mole ( this is painless now that area is numb) sometimes stitches are placed other times the area is allowed to heal on its own. Talk to a dermatologist to determine which technique is best for certain moles in certain locations. ...Read more
You can't: See a dermatologist or plastic surgeon for this issue. ...Read more
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