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Oily Skin But No Acne
Is benzoyl peroxide effective for acne my skin is oily I have few pimples but much of post acne hyper pigmentation red marks..
Yes: Otc benzoyl peroxide 2% or 5% costs $5-10. Be careful: it will bleach clothing, towels, bed sheets. It is irritating & drying near lips & eyelids. If you control acne, you will slowly recover more normal color. A dermatologist can help with prescriptions. If you get branded benzoyl peroxide (proactiv) you will pay 10x more for same thing. ...Read more
No: If you've had acne scarring and still have acne, you need to get with your personal physician. Use topical benzoyl peroxide until then. Nothing will touch acne scars short of a physician's intervention with a laser, microsurgery or filler. I'm sorry your acne was neglected, but several hollywood stars have kept their scars for the "tough guy" look. ...Read more
Any peel-off masks good 4 oily,coarse,ruddy,shiny,flaky skin w very visible pores&occasional mild acne?What about niacinamide?Tretinoin?What makeup??
Glycolic, tretinoin: Glycolic acid face masks can be helpful in situations like yours for the acne, blackhead exenteration and exfoliation, but only has short term results. Tretinoin , if your skin is not too sensitive for it, is an effective option for reversal and prevention of acne as well as the uv damage reversal and reducing wrinkle progression, but takes a few months. Niacinamide has mixed results. ...Read more
Pimples occur in hair follicles, not in pores. So why is "non-comedogenic" (doesn't clog pores) makeup better for avoiding acne?
Pore around follicle: There are minute hairs at the pore opening. Oil glands come to the surface at pores and are associated with small hair follicles. Comedogenic products block the opening form the oil gland causing an accumulation of debris and eventually inflammation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will the st Ives timeless skin collagen elastin moisturizer cauSe breakouts? I am not acne prone but worried since it has mineral oil?
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
Skin Clear Wash: I recommend the skin clear wash from cosmo grade professional skincare. Specifically formulated for acne-prone skin, 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
A few options: For over the counter methods try using products that have benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alcohol, and acetone. For prescription treatments you may be prescribed antibiotics, retinoids or vitamin a derivatives, azelaic acid, oral contraceptives, or spironolactone. Always ask a dermatologist about the possible affects and the risks vs benefits of each treatment. Make sure it's best for you. ...Read more
On oral clindamycin for sinuses, but breaking out in pimples/whiteheads on face. No acne before, just oily skin- does this med affect oil production?
Find a better DR: Unless you have high fever with severe sinus pain, you should probably not be on any antibiotic. Chronic or acute sinus congestion is seldom a valid reason for antibiotic. NO, clindamycin does not cause acne. In fact it is used as therapy for acne. But it may cause C. Diff. colitis which is often lethal. For an adult woman with acne the best treatment is oral spironolactone. ...Read more
Rosacea sufferer. Very oily face with no active acne or redness. Why was I prescribed Doxycycline if it has no effect on sebum?
Rosacea: Oral antibiotics are commonly prescribed to patients with moderate rosacea. Tetracycline, doxycycline, minocycline and amoxicillin are among the many oral antibiotics commonly prescribed and they actually help reduce inflammation and pimples in rosacea. Cannot comment about why your doctor prescribed what they did. Ask them. ...Read more
Great hygiene, but unfortunately I have smelly hair, and its itchy, but there are no flakes, no dandruff, no lice, no scaly scalp. Help!
See a dermatologist: You need to be examined and diagnosed appropriately and then treated for whatever is responsible. ...Read more
Skin dry,dark and red after using adapalene and benzoyl peroxide combo cream for acne all over face, but it has effects,any suggestions for skin dark?
No quick fix: I'm sorry your acne has been neglected up until now. Start applying topical benzoyl peroxide as you can tolerate and make an appointment with your physician. The benzoyl peroxide will not clear you, and you will need prescription-strength rx added to it. Several weeks on antibiotics may get things under control, or you may be a candidate for isotretinoin, rough but effective. ...Read more
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