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Is prescription acne medicine better than proactiv?

Is prescription acne medicine better than proactiv?

Almost certainly!: Unfortunately, most doctors feel that proactive is not particularly helpful for managing acne, despite their very impressive commercials! See a board-certified dermatologist with experience in managing acne for the best results. ...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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My sister has very sensitive skin&gets acne. Shes15 and needs an acne cleanser or regimen for sens. Skin. What is best for her? Dr prescription and she broke out

My sister has very sensitive skin&gets acne. Shes15 and needs an acne cleanser or regimen for sens. Skin. What is best for her? Dr prescription and she broke out

See a dermatologist: There are various ways to help her. A skin specialist can help her find the best combination of prescription and otc products. ...Read more

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What acne prescription medicine works the best?

What acne prescription medicine works the best?

Isotretinoin: It's also the most toxic, and isn't for the faint-hearted. It's appropriate first-line for cystic acne, or for bad acne that hasn't responded to more conservative meds. ...Read more

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What is the best non prescription acne medicine?

What is the best non prescription acne medicine?

Benzoyl peroxide: Easily the best if it fails, get with your local doctor -- we can clear it up. ...Read more

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I have acne all over my bogs and black heads. I want medicine I can take that I don't need a prescription for. I want it to work fast and efficient.?

See your doctor: The acne didn't just start over night so neither will it go away as quickly. Consult your doctor there are still a bunch of things that you can try over the counter that would help. Nothing will take care of it fast. You have to be patient, wash your face twice a day. Keep your hands away from your face. Eat a well balanced diet. ...Read more

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What hormone (s) cause acne in males? Please indicate what prescription drugs help, since no topical medications have worked these last 4 years.

What hormone (s) cause acne in males? Please indicate what prescription drugs help, since no topical medications have worked these last 4 years.

Many options.: There are many prescription options for acne - too many to summarize here in 400 characters. A dermatologist will evaluate you and determine which ones will work best in your particular situation. That's why they require a prescription - because a professional has to prescribe them for you. ...Read more

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Acne, she has been using over counter acne medicine but still has problems on her cheeks the red bumps what are some alternative prescription medications that she could try any suggestionscan she see her pediatrician about this?

Acne, she has been using over counter acne medicine but still has problems on her cheeks the red bumps what are some alternative prescription medications that she could try any suggestionscan she see her pediatrician about this?

ACNE: IF HER ACNE IS NOT IMPROVING, PERHAPS A DERMATOLOGIST MIGHT HELP.
MEANWHILE, SHE SHOULD FOLLOW MY DIET FOR RESISTANT ACNE:
NO NUTS OR PEANUT BUTTER
NO CHOCOLATE WHATSOEVER
CUT WAY DOWN ON DAIRY PRODUCTS
GIVE THIS ABOUT A MONTH
THEN HAVE YOUR DAUGHTER SEND ME A THANK YOU NOTE! ...Read more

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Is proactiv+ a good teen acne treatment?

Is proactiv+ a good teen acne treatment?

MAY BE....,: But, the best treatment will be what the dermatologist gives depending on the type, severity of your acne. ...Read more

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I have this weird bump/rash on my face. Just tried Proactiv but not acne?

I have this weird bump/rash on my face. Just tried Proactiv but not acne?

Have it checked: Your description is not detailed enough to be able to comment on. Best to have your doctor look at it. ...Read more

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How many months does Proactiv needs to be used before the acne is gone forever?

How many months does Proactiv needs to be used before the acne is gone forever?

Acne: Proactiv is an expensive way to get benzoyl peroxide and is not all that effective. If you wish to use benzoyl peroxide, buy it as a generic at a fraction of the cost. Do not expect a cure. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the Proactiv acne solution to help your acne go away?

Maybe never: Prescription stuff works much better and even in our loony health care system should be cheap enough. I start with topical clindamycin, with a topical retinoic acid derivative if there are blackheads, moving to systemic antibiotics as appropriate if these prove insufficient. This is the 21st century and you deserve better than a labor-intensive benzoyl peroxide kit. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does Proactiv work for cystic/hormonal acne? Please, need some answers?

Does Proactiv work for cystic/hormonal acne? Please, need some answers?

Poor choice: This is overpriced, glitzy, gimmicky benzoyl peroxide. For cystic-type acne, you'll probably need to add something prescription-strength from your physician. ...Read more

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I have ance & dark spots & I was wondering what acne system works best out of Proactiv, xout, epiduo, or others?

I have ance & dark spots & I was wondering what acne system works best out of Proactiv, xout, epiduo, or others?

Prescriptions: Prescriptions are stronger in general than treatments that are available without a rx. You can try the ones from the store for 6 weeks and see if they help you enough. If not, then see your doctor or a dermatologist for the better medications. ...Read more

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I have acne on my back since I was 15, now I am 26. I don't have and have never had acne on my face. I tried Proactiv but I gave up.

Real Rx: Benzoyl peroxide is almost never sufficient for acne on the trunk. I'm going to assume this is what you have. The oral contraceptive pill, if it is right for you, may clear you, or your physician may offer you a systemic antibiotic that's appropriate for you. I'm sorry you weren't treated effectively beforehand. Good luck. ...Read more

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Besides proactiv, what is the best acne treatment that has the best results?

Scientific Rx: Benzoyl peroxide based rx like proactive often fails. Get with your physician. You may be a rx for a topical retinoic acid derivative, the oral contraceptive pill (if you're female), topical clindamycin, a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline, or a dermatology referral for possible isotretinoin. All acne is manageable today; it's not a hygiene or lifestyle problem. We can help. ...Read more

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What is a suggested acne cleanser?

What is a suggested acne cleanser?

Acne cleanser: I would recommend skin clear facial wash from cosmo grade skin care professionals. This foaming cleanser utilizes salicylic acid and tea tree to thoroughly wash away oils and dirt, unclog pores, treat existing blemishes and prevent future breakouts - improving the appearance of problematic skin. ...Read more

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Do you know a good acne cleanser!?

Do you know a good acne cleanser!?

Salicylic acid: This is your best wash. Acne really isn't a hygiene or lifestyle-related disease. If this doesn't help, get with your physician for serious rx. ...Read more

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Can you tell me a good acne cleanser!?

Can you tell me a good acne cleanser!?

You'll need more: Your best bet is 5% topical benzoyl peroxide twice a day. If you're not clear in two weeks, your personal physician can add any of several meds, at least one of which will turn out to be the right one. ...Read more

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What is the best acne cleanser out there?

What is the best acne cleanser out there?

Try salicylic acid: Washes with this compound help mild acne confined to the face. Unless your disease is mild, it will not clear you. Your best friend is topical benzoyl peroxide, and if you are not clear in two weeks, a phone call to your physician for additional rx is in order. ...Read more

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What kind of acne cleanser will work at 16?

What kind of acne cleanser will work at 16?

Explore your options: There are many products in the market. You need to try out a few to determine which one works best for you. I like the skin clear wash from cosmo grade, as it is hypoallergenic, has tea tree oil and salicylic acid. ...Read more

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What is the best selling acne cleanser in the USA?

What is the best selling acne cleanser in the USA?

Healthtap Doctors: Are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. Your question is regarding product sales. ...Read more

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Is the clean & clear continuous control acne cleanser effective?

Is the clean & clear continuous control acne cleanser effective?

Not always: This stuff is pricey and weak. Get yourself a cheap tube of 5% topical benzoyl peroxide, smear it on twice a day, and if you're not clear in two weeks, your personal physician can manage you. Acne's manageable but only time cures it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Should I use clean & clear continuous control acne cleanser for my body acne?

Should I use clean & clear continuous control acne cleanser for my body acne?

You need more: Acne on the trunk usually requires not only a physician's care, but systemic medication. A maintenance dose of oral tetracycline is one reasonable option if your physician determines it is right for you. ...Read more

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Wanted to know where can I find clean and clear continuous control acne cleanser in bangalore?

Benzoyl peroxide: "clean and clear" is benzoyl peroxide with some advertising to go with it. If you can't get the brand, you can at least get the product, probably for less money. It's the best non-prescription rx for acne. ...Read more

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Proactiv didn't work for me so I'm going to switch to a different acne treatment. Any tips?

Proactiv didn't work for me so I'm going to switch to a different acne treatment. Any tips?

Limited: The only fda approved ingredients acquaint in over the counter products are benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Mural products contain salicylic acid. If you have a prescription plan, the dermatologist will have a wider variety of creams that be used alone or in combination. ...Read more

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Does acne treatment Proactiv make your skin dry?

Possibly: Most patients tolerate the topical benzoyl peroxide in proactiv. However, some may experience irritation and dryness from the active ingredient. ...Read more

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How long does acne cleanser keep?

How long does acne cleanser keep?

Look for Exp.: Look on the bottle for expiration dates. Make sure to store the product under proper conditions. Keep away from light and heat. If you do not see an expiration date, then typically you should discard most products after 3 months of the purchase date. ...Read more

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What acne cleanser works the best for teens?

What acne cleanser works the best for teens?

Skin Clear Wash: We formulated this wash using tea tree oil due to its antibacterial anti inflammatory properties, salicylic acid and hydrogen peroxide also addressing bacterial growth. A very light, foaming facial cleanser made for normal to oily skin. Available from www. Cosmograde. Com. ...Read more

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What is a great acne cleanser over the counter?

What is a great acne cleanser over the counter?

None are great: The best you can probably do with over the counter products is find a cleanser with 3% salicylic acid or 10% benzoyl peroxide. Of find both and alternate days. Acne is difficult to treat...Get help from a doc with experience and be patient. You may need a lot more than cleansers to fix acne. ...Read more

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How long should acne cleanser and cream be used?

How long should acne cleanser and cream be used?

Depends: Basically a good acne cleanser and cream should be used until you don't need it any more. Well if your skin is clear try not using it and use an oil free gentle cleanser and see if it returns. If it does not then you don't need it any more. If it comes back, return to your program that you know works for you! ...Read more

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Please describe a good acne cleanser that doesn't dry out the skin?

Salicylic acid wash: Use the wash with a brush in the shower and use oil free moisturizers. Drink more water since it is partly due to dehydration. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

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Facial Pimples (Definition)

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