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What acne product works better?

What acne product works better?

Scientific Rx: Acne is a chronic disease that eventually remits as a person ages. I was able to stop taking rx when I was 50. In the meantime, topical benzoyl peroxide is your first treatment. If this fails, your personal physician can add topical clindamycin, topical tretinoin, a systemic antibiotic, or one of the big guns. Manage the disease until it remits -- you owe it to yourself. ...Read more

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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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Which product works best for acne?

Which product works best for acne?

None of them: None of the over-the-counter acne treatments does much good. I start with topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid-based compound. If I do not get a good result in two weeks, I add a systemic antibiotic appropriate to the person. Dermatologists are allowed to use the big guns. Nobody nowadays needs to have bad acne -- life's hard enough without it. Good luck. ...Read more

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What works against terrible body acne?

What works against terrible body acne?

Severe acne: Acne on the trunk that you describe as "terrible" is probably deep cystic acne. You have a right to treatment with isotretinoin. Nothing else will work. If you are a female, be sure to get worked up for an underlying hormonal problem. The medication is powerful and not altogether pleasant, but if the diagnosis is correct you will get a good result. ...Read more

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What facial product works the best for acne?

What facial product works the best for acne?

Pangea Organics: Australian wild plum & willow cleanser is organic, vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free and fairtrade. The high antioxidant content found in these products supports collagen retention, helps stimulate micro-circulation, gently purifies, brightens skin tone and helps prevent discoloration and moisture loss. http://www.pangeaorganics.com/buffalo. ...Read more

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What can be done about acne when nothing works?

What can be done about acne when nothing works?

What failed?: Acne is a chronic disease and will eventually recur even after a course of isotretinoin. Don't get discouraged, but keep managing it. If nothing -- antibiotics and Isotretinoin included -- failed, perhaps this is not acne. I've seen errors made. Good luck. ...Read more

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What should I do about acne when nothing works?

What's been tried?: Acne is a chronic, serious disease that cannot be cured but that remits, often after many years. I was able to stop taking systemic tetracyline around age 50. The strongest rx is Isotretinoin and this is expected to get a remission for at least a year. Please don't give up. ...Read more

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I need help with my acne. I've tried everything and nothing works?

I need help with my acne. I've tried everything and nothing works?

Acne treatment: Acne can be prevented or minimized by using a gentle cleanser twice daily, over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid products or prescription medications including topical cream with or without oral medications. Don't pick! A dermatologist should be able to help you. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which clean and clear product works better for acne?

Expert opinions? Which clean and clear product works better for acne?

If you must ask...: You probably need something stronger. 5% topical benzoyl peroxide from the drugstore is cheaper and probably stronger. If 2x/day hasn't cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. All acne can be managed until it self-cures as you get older. ...Read more

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What acne product(s) should I use just to try out and see if it works?

What acne product(s) should I use just to try out and see if it works?

See a dermatologist: Depending upon the severity of your acne and the type of your skin(dry or oily)different products may be recommended. I would not try just any ol thing. Good luck! Everyone deserves to have clear skin in this day and age. ...Read more

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What could really help for my acne? Besides all the commercials on tv. Something to actually be proven it works.

What could really help for my acne? Besides all the commercials on tv. Something to actually be proven it works.

Scientific Rx: If topical benzoyl peroxide (as you can tolerate it) has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. Benzoyl peroxide is inexpensive and available over the counter at any pharmacy. Your physician may add a topical retoic acid derivative, a topical antibiotic, try you on the oral contraceptive pill if appropriate, or a systemic medication. It's manageable. ...Read more

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What works against this acne and the scars?

What works against this acne and the scars?

Scientific Rx: Two weeks trial of topical benzoyl peroxide alone. This clears most mild acne. If not clear, physician's office visit. Options may include topical retinoic acid derivative, topical clindamycin, the oral contraceptive pill for a woman who can take it, and/or an appropriate systemic antibiotic right for the patient. Tough cases referred for isotretinoin. Scars require a derm consult. Good luck. ...Read more

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What works the best when treating acne scarring?

What works the best when treating acne scarring?

Dermatology consult: You won't be able to affect the scars on your own. A dermatologist can make them less visible using microsurgery, filler, laser, or dermabrasion. I'm sorry your acne wasn't treated in the first place as it should have been. ...Read more

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What works best to remove acne dark spots?

What works best to remove acne dark spots?

Gentle slow approach: Depending on your skin type (light, medium or darker skin) there are different ways to approach trying to lighten the dark spots that often result after acne lesions have healed. The best approach is to use gentle products and go slowly. This avoids excessive inflammation which would make it worse. See a dermatologist to get help. They may use retinoic acids, bleaching creams, or chemical peels. ...Read more

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Proactive or other acne products, what works better?

Proactive or other acne products, what works better?

Healthtap Doctors: Are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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My acne regimen works for 2 months then acne returns. What to do?

Chronic disease: We live in an era of quick fixes and have come to expect instant results. That's not going to happen if you have acne. Continue treatment as long as you need to. I was able to stop taking systemic tetracycline for my acne when I was about 50. Don't get discouraged -- remember all the other folks in your situation with this and other chronic illnesses. Be strong. ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestions for acne medication that actually works?

Can you give me suggestions for acne medication that actually works?

Prescription: If acne is confined to the face, there's a 50% chance that topical benzoyl peroxide will clear you. Otherwise, you will need to supplement with prescription-strength treatment from your personal physicain. Acne is a non-lifestyle-related chronic disease that must be managed until it self-cures. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Doctors! What acne product works best to get fast and effective results?

Nothing is fast: Whenever a dermatologist initiates treatment for acne, he or she always mentions that it takes time — meaning 2-3 months to notice a significant change. The efficacy varies as each acne patient's treatment is individualized based on several factors. For the best treatment, seek the assistance of a board certified dermatologist. Cheers! ...Read more

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I am currently taking Tetralysal for my acne, it works and I've been on it for 3 months, but I know It's temporary. Can I keep using the medicine?

I am currently taking Tetralysal for my acne, it works and I've been on it for 3 months, but I know It's temporary. Can I keep using the medicine?

Can use long term: Tetralysal is an antibiotic that is in the tetracycline family of antibiotics. It is a common medicine used in acne as the bacteria causing plugging of glands and pores in acne is quite responsive to this antibiotic. Long term rare effect liver and kidney, so may need labs done. Should never be used in pregnancy or if thinking of becoming pregnant. May also cause colon irritation-eat probiotic ...Read more

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What is the best product for treating moderate acne in teenage girls? I have sufferred from acne from the age of 11 and I am now 18. Nothing works.

What is the best product for treating moderate acne in teenage girls? I have sufferred from acne from the age of 11 and I am now 18. Nothing works.

Real Rx: This is the 21st century and acne can be treated. If benzoyl peroxide and the less-effective over-the-counter remedies have failed, your physician may offer you the oral contraceptive pill if it's appropriate, or I start with topical Clindamycin with either benzoyl peroxide, or a retinoic acid derivative. Next step is an appropriate systemic antibiotic; this usually works for a female. Good luck. ...Read more

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