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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

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

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


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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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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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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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I have hypersensitive, acne prone and clogged pores and extremely oily skin. How many times should I wash my face daily ?

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

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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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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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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

Washing (Definition)

As soon as possible after being exposed to poison oak or poison ivy, washing the skin and clothes well can help reduce exposure to the offending oil and the ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more