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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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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?
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