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I wash my face several times a day. Why do I still get acne?

I wash my face several times a day. Why do I still get acne?

Acne and Washing: Acne is not due to lack of washing.
It is due to hormone changes that are affected by many things: if you are a girl/woman, it often gets worse before the menstrual period. Cettain foods tend to aggravate acne: nuts, peanut butter, chocolate; dairy products (cheese, milk) in excess, and sugary foods. While washing is beneficial, it cannot rid your face of the blemishes. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more


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If I eat healthyily and wash my face everyday and well, why do I still get acne!?

If I eat healthyily and wash my face everyday and well, why do I still get acne!?

It's you: Despite "pop" wisdom, acne is unrelated to lifestyle or hygiene. I'm sorry somebody deceived you. If topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day has not cleared you in two weeks, get with a scientific physician for prescription-strength treatment. You need to manage it until it self-cures as you get older. ...Read more

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It seems like no matter what I do I still get acne. I'm 16 but it's pretty bad and when it seems to go away it comes back. I wash my face twice a day.

It seems like no matter what I do I still get acne. I'm 16 but it's pretty bad and when it seems to go away it comes back. I wash my face twice a day.

Forgive my frankness: You're sixteen now and it's time to take charge. Nobody else will help you. Acne is unrelated to diet, lifestyle, or hygiene. Go to the pharmacy and buy a tube of 5% topical benzoyl peroxide and apply it as you can tolerate up to 2x/day. If you're not clear in two weeks, pick up the phone and make your own appointment with your family physician for prescription-strength rx. ...Read more

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Why could I still be getting acne if I wash my face every night?

Why could I still be getting acne if I wash my face every night?

Water may help: Although proper hydration may help acne, washing your face with water may not be enough to remove all dirt or oils from your skin. You may need to invest on a nice cleanser for your skin type. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the best way to wash my face and back and get rid of the acne?

Please help! What is the best way to wash my face and back and get rid of the acne?

Serious Rx: Acne on your trunk won't respond to anything short of systemic prescription rx. One combination is topical benzoyl peroxide plus oral tetracycline; there are many other possibilities depending on what's right for you. Acne is basically unrelated to washing, hygiene, lifestyle, or most other things, and it's a serious personal and professional liability. Let us clear you up. ...Read more

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I bathe a lot and wash my face but acne is still spreading. How can I stop this?

I bathe a lot and wash my face but acne is still spreading. How can I stop this?

Acne: Is most definitely related to diet and the endocrine changes occurring in adolescence. The only thing you can do is clean up your diet. ...Read more

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I cannot get rid of the acne on my cheeks. I wash my face every night and morning.

I cannot get rid of the acne on my cheeks. I wash my face every night and morning.

Medications may help: Make sure you're using a face wash with benzoyl peroxide in it. If you start getting irritation on your face from using this then you should switch to something more mild like cetaphil and talk with your doctor as there are other creams and lotions available (i.e. Clindamycin, tretinoin). ...Read more

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I wash my face 2 times a day. Is there any other way I can get rid of acne fast and naturally?

I wash my face 2 times a day. Is there any other way I can get rid of acne fast and naturally?

Different face wash: Try changing your face wash. Consider something with salicylic acid (an exfoliatiant). You may have some redness and irritation at first. Any makeup should be gentle, and designed for sensitive skin. Your doctor can offer other treatments if this doesn't help; consider a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have acne. Sometimes after I wash my face I would feel itchy on my cheek. I cannot scratch it bcause I fear it'll get worse. What should I do about it?

I have acne. Sometimes after I wash my face I would feel itchy on my cheek. I cannot scratch it bcause I fear it'll get worse. What should I do about it?

Many options.: You're right, don't scratch or pick, it will just get worse. Begin with benzoyl peroxide, available in many otc brands. Start with a low strength and increase if needed. With stubborn acne, add a second product with a different active ingredient, such as salicylic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid, or sulfur. If no improvement, see a dermatologist, who will design a regimen just for you. ...Read more

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What are some ways to get rid of acne off of my forehead even if I wash my face everyday, keep the hair tied?

What are some ways to get rid of acne off of my forehead even if I wash my face everyday, keep the hair tied?

Medicine: Washing face may not be that helpful, especially if done excessively. There is a number of topical and oral preparations that may be tried to get rid of acne. Some acne are stubborn enough to have to use both. You may want to consult your primary care provider or dermatologist for the best approach in your case. ...Read more

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I am experiencing oily skin along with acne. How do I get rid of my oily skin? I wash my face everyday, use toner and moisturizer. I also exercise.

I am experiencing oily skin along with acne. How do I get rid of my oily skin? I wash my face everyday, use toner and moisturizer. I also exercise.

Oily skin: How much transfats and other oils are in your diet? Good oils include coconut oil and olive oil. Please avoid junk food and fast food. Lots of fruits and vegetables are healthy and detoxing. Avoid any skin product w/alcohol in it. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have suffered from acne for a few months now and can't seem to get rid of it. Its just below my temples on both sides of my face. I wash my face both morning and night. I admit I have a problem with picking at my skin and scratching it and popping them.

I have suffered from acne for a few months now and can't seem to get rid of it. Its just below my temples on both sides of my face. I wash my face both morning and night. I admit I have a problem with picking at my skin and scratching it and popping them.

Don't Pop, See Doc: Acne is caused by plugged hair follicle units (excess oil/debris/bacteria) & inflammation; genetically determined. Therapy includes topical/oral meds to control infection/inflammation. Medication-induced irritation/dryness is common. Finding the right balance can be challenging, even w/ mild acne. Your chances at successful treatment are best with regular check-ups; or referral to a Dermatologist. ...Read more

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I've been breaking out a lot on my cheeks. I eat healthy, wash my face and use prescribed acne treatment. I don't know why my face still breaks out?

I've been breaking out a lot on my cheeks. I eat healthy, wash my face and use prescribed acne treatment. I don't know why my face still breaks out?

Don't ask why: You're going to need stronger acne Rx until it remits on its own. Get with your personal physician. I trust you're using topical benzoyl peroxide and/or retinoic acid, and some added prescription Rx. SInce you're a female (right?) you may be a candidate for adding spironolactone. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of the small pimples on my forehead? I wash my face, exfoliate every now and then, and use acne medication.

How can I get rid of the small pimples on my forehead? I wash my face, exfoliate every now and then, and use acne medication.

Many options: Acne during teen and young adult years is not uncommon. Usually when you reach young adult years the acne calms down. Remember washing your face daily is very important. If you can afford an over the counter acne soap that may be helpful. Also around the house items include diluted Apple Cider Vinegar as well as Egg Whites. ...Read more

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Why all of a sudden at 26 am I getting acne? I wash my face very well and haven't ever had acne until now?

Why all of a sudden at 26 am I getting acne? I wash my face very well and haven't ever had acne until now?

Doctor can evaluate: A primary care doctor or a dermatologist can evaluate to see why new acne is appearing. The doctor may check for hormonal imbalances. Increases amounts of certain hormones in the body can lead to acne. Also, the doctor will ask about what external substances (either at work, at home, or as cosmetics) one is coming into contact with. ...Read more

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What are some great techniques to clear up acne. I wash my face at night/morning with ivory soap but no results so far?

What are some great techniques to clear up acne. I wash my face at night/morning with ivory soap but no results so far?

Benzoyl peroxide: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter 2.5% benzoyl peroxide gel or cream can be quite helpful. An "acne wash" is not needed. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel or cream such as Cleocin (clindamycin) gel. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or Differin gel may be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. It can take 3 weeks to 3 months in order to see improvements. ...Read more

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I've been battling acne since I was 13. I am now 17. Since then I've never had a clear face. I want to know what I can do. I wash my face twice a day.

I've been battling acne since I was 13. I am now 17. Since then I've never had a clear face. I want to know what I can do. I wash my face twice a day.

Acne: 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

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I wash my face twice, but the next day, my acne come back wrost. What do I do?

I wash my face twice, but the next day, my acne come back wrost. What do I do?

Benzoyl peroxide: You may be scrubbing too hard. You may be using the wrong kind of cleanser. Be gentle when you wash. Be sure all of the cleanser is removed. Use benzoyl peroxide over the counter as directed on the label. If this doesn't help, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I wash my face with soap it clears. But in a half an hour again my face looks oily. How to control my acne?

Oil isn't the key: Apply topical benzoyl peroxide, strength and frequency as tolerated. If you are not clear in two weeks, phone your physician who can add something that will clear you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more