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How To Get Rid Of Under The Skin Acne
Serious Rx: Topical benzoyl peroxide is your best friend, but you'll need to add a prescription strength Rx from your physician, probably a few weeks on a systemic antibiotic. If you're a female, spironolactone or the oral contraceptive pill may work. If you have severe acne and are offered isotretinoin, consider taking it -- though it's not for the faint-hearted. ...Read more
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Exfoliation: For general exfoliation of the "dead skin" cells on your face simple washing with a mild cleanser should do just what you want. If you are trying to "rejuvenate" then this may require a more aggressive approach such as an abrasive skin cleanser. However, do not expect your skin will reverse it's aging with just face washing. ...Read more
Inflammation: If your acne/pimples were recent and they're just now going away after treatment, you may just still have some inflammation from your body trying to fight off the cause of the pimple in the first place...Bacteria. It may however be possible to use a topical steroid to reduce the inflammation, like Hydrocortisone which you can get over the counter. ...Read more
Manage it: Acne cannot be cured. Red post-acne lesions must heal on their own. You must manage it until it remits on its own. It is unrelated to hygiene or lifestyle and only marginally to diet. No "pop" cure works. Anyone telling you otherwise is lying. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician who can add a prescription-strength rx. ...Read more
See dermatologist: There are a large numbers of conditions that could account for discoloration of the face. I would need more specifics. If you are bothered by it, you should seek consultation with your primary physician or a dermatologist. ...Read more
Not quick -- but: 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
Acne scar tx: It depends.....If the scars are flat and discolored there are otc and prescription strength creams to help blend the pigment. If they are indented or look like divots that means there is some scar tissue in there and they will be harder to treat. You want to build up some collagen in the indented areas to " fill" them back out. Microneedling, lasers and injected dermal filler can help do this. ...Read more
See your doctor: Unfortunately, this is going to be nearly impossible to answer without knowing what kind of skin reaction you are having. If it's bumps,itching, or redness, or other discoloration, or scaling,burning, pain, dryness/flaking, swelling, or having any kind of discharge or warmth- any of these things could fall into a ton of different diagnoses that can only be determined with an exam by a doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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