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Photo rejuvenation light for home - does this clear blemishes and wrinkles?

Photo rejuvenation light for home -  does this clear blemishes and wrinkles?

Not impressed: I have not been impressed with the results of this technology and attribute the majority of results to improved skin care. ...Read more

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Can benzoyl peroxide clear acne scars?

Can benzoyl peroxide clear acne scars?

Benzoyl & acne scar: No - benzoyl peroxide will treat acne and help prevent worsening pustules and inflammation by helping to kill the bacteria causing acne. However, it won't have any effect on the scars you may get from aggressively picking or popping "zits" There are facial scrubs that may lessen the appearance of scars but a physician trained in skin peels would be needed for deep scars ...Read more

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Neutrogena blackhead eliminating warming treatment vs. Clean n clear blackhead clearing scrub, which is better?

On Healthtap: We try to avoid recommending one otc product over another. Both of these products work through exfoliation. ...Read more

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Did crystal peeling help to clear oily acne prone skin?

Did crystal peeling help to clear oily acne prone skin?

Only an adjunct: If you mean microdermabrasion using the fine crystals, it will help clear your skin, but only as an adjunct to oral and topical medications that your doctor will survive. By itself, improvement will be temporary at best. ...Read more

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How does benzoyl peroxide work to clear up acne?

How does benzoyl peroxide work to clear up acne?

Kills bacteria: Benzoyl peroxide creates oxygen when in contact with skin. The bacteria causing acne cannot live in the presence of oxygen so actually dies. It also assists in removing dead cells that cause the pores to get plugged which also leads to acne formation. ...Read more

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What chemical peel is best for clearing up many acne marks/hyper-pigmentation on dark skin?

What chemical peel is best for clearing up many acne marks/hyper-pigmentation on dark skin?

Glycolics are good: Glycolic acid peels are usually gentle enough that you have no real downtime afterward. They are safe for darker skin types and can be great at decreasing the hyperpigmentation that follows inflammation. You will benefit from a series of peels, and they will create a smoother texture, tighter tone, and fresher look for your skin. ...Read more

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Could using differin (adapalene) and doxycycline clear my skin?

Yes: this is quite a common combination for acne treatment. There are many regimens available, if this one doesn't work for you, others likely will. Give it at least several weeks to see full effect. Good luck ...Read more

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Can Accutane clear acne scars?

Can Accutane clear acne scars?

No. But it can help: Reduce acne breakouts and more cyst formation that can lead to new scars. Accutane is powerful medicine that requires monitoring and absolute avoidance of pregnancy (causes birth defects). See dermatologist for advice and prescription if you are a candidate. ...Read more

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What is the best ans cheapest product to clear acne? Differin, (adapalene) proactive are they worth it?

What is the best ans cheapest product to clear acne? Differin, (adapalene) proactive are they worth it?

Variable: Cheapest is probably an over-the-counter cleanser or topical that contains benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or zinc. The prescription products are usually more effective because they are stronger and have more of the active ingredient, as well as contain antibiotics. Differin and retin a (tretinoin) are prescriptions. There is no "best" because everyone's skin reacts differently to different products. ...Read more

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Is renova (tretinoin) cream good for dark spots on the face?

Is renova (tretinoin) cream good  for dark spots on the face?

First evaluate : First have a dermatologist evaluate this for possible mealnoma. Renova (tretinoin) cream provides one agent to help diminish dark spots but truly effective lightening may require more agressive treatment with hydroquinone and/or corticosteroids and/or chemical peels as well as cessation of hormonal preparations. ...Read more

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Can oil free acne wash cream cleanser micro clear from neutrogena work?

Can oil free acne wash cream cleanser micro clear from neutrogena work?

Salicylic acid: That's the stuff that works, not the pink grapefrult extract or the vitamin c or the advertising. It clears mild acne, but for moderate disease, get with your personal physician. ...Read more

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Can the sun clear acne?

Can the sun clear acne?

No: One more myth, and a cruel one. Sun exposure damages the skin and probably won't do much for the acne. We have scientific rx's for acne that work remarkably well and in the 21st century, it's inexcusable not to make these available to a young person with this serious disease. ...Read more

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Ddoes seman clear acne?

Ddoes seman clear acne?

No: Putting your semen on the lesions isn't going to help. This is the 21st century and you have a right to be treated effectively. I start with topical Clindamycin plus either benzoyl peroxide or a retinoic acid derivative. If required, an oral antibiotic such as Erythromycin or tetracycline will clear most acne. Dermatologists have the big guns. You owe it to yourself. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does neostrata hq free lightening gel( kojiic acid, vit C, liquorice, bearberry, 10 aha/pha) fade red facial scars( not acne scars) . thanks very much?

Does neostrata hq free lightening gel( kojiic acid, vit C, liquorice, bearberry, 10 aha/pha) fade red facial scars( not acne scars) . thanks very much?

Likely not: The red scars are a part of the healing process overall. The agents you listed tend to inhibit melanin production which is a darker pigment. The red is partially vascular in nature. The products may diminish the red to a small degree ...Read more

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I just bought clear essence complexion soap with alpha hydroxy acid. Can it lighten skin?

No: Most likely will not change dark spots from sun/iflammation. Need a bleaching agent and avoid sun exposure for that. Best to coordinate with a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is retin a (tretinoin) cream is works better for acne scars on face?

Is retin a (tretinoin) cream is works better for acne scars on face?

Not for scars: I'm sorry your acne was neglected and you ended up with scars. Nothing you can apply will touch them. If you want them less visible, a plastic surgeon or dermatologist can do laser, filler, or microsurgery. Several Hollywood male stars have kept their scars for "tough guy" roles, and depending on your self-concept, they may be a plus. ...Read more

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Does clindamycin clear up yellow mucus?

No.: Clindamycin is an antibiotic which is effective against staph, strep and anaerobic infections. Yellow mucous is not necessarily a sign of infection and Clindamycin is not rx for this condition unless there is other evidene of infetion with a susceptible organism. ...Read more