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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne 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 face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more
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
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
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
What kind of facial soap or cleanser can I use to wash my face if i'm highly sensitive to everything? N I have acne that gets bad at times.
I have hypersensitive, acne prone and clogged pores and extremely oily skin. How many times should I wash my face daily ?
Gentle cleansers : Usually a gentle cleanser such as Cetaphil or basis soap twice a day with light mechanical (fingertip) cleansing is sufficient ...Read more
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
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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