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Over The Counter Pimple Treatment
I need a over-the-counter like a clean and clear treatment i bust my pimples and they have made dark spots what should I take for it?
No, better options: No, acnotin or Accutane has been used in the past and has displayed great sucess with cystic acne but is now highly regulated due to side effects including birth defects in children from pregancy and increased tryglycerides. It is still being prescribed but only by registered physicians within certain specialties. Other options such as anitbiotics are much safer. ...Read more
Acne Treatment: Benzoyl peroxide is one of the most effective over-the-counter treatments for acne. It is a disinfectant that can penetrate into the hair follicle, killing the bacteria that cause blemishes. Benzoyl peroxide can, however, dry out the skin. Consumers should therefore start with the lowest dosage possible (2.5 percent) once a day and increase in frequency and concentration only as needed. ...Read more
Been medicated by roaccutane(20mg), vital e+c(450mg) and mastel20mg for my pimple treatment.I skipped one day and took double the next day.Is thr prob?
Not really: If you miss a dose again, don't double up. ...Read more
Acne therapy: If your acne doesn't respond to otc treatments, consider seeing a doctor or dermatologist to get a stronger prescription lotion. Tretinoin (avita, retin-a, others), Adapalene (differin) and tazarotene (tazorac, avage) are examples of topical prescription products derived from vitamin a. They work by promoting cell turnover and preventing plugging . You may also need oral antibiotics like doryx (doxycycline). ...Read more
I did a pimple treatment which left marks in my face...like its really red all over...i have to attend a wedding in two days...how can i clear my skin?
Red marks: To paraphrase, anyone who tells you they can rid you of acne overnight is selling something. Acne is a problem of months and years. There is no quick fix. There are good treatments to be had at every drugstore starting with benzoyl peroxide creams and mild cleansers. Irritated skin will need makeup: coverup/touchup cream if a perfect complexion is needed in two days. ...Read more
I have a small bump in my ear, but not in the canal. Im having pain in my ear as well as some hearing loss. Painful when touched. Pimple? Treatment?
ENT doctor: Is whom you need to see, or your primary doctor, exam is needed for a correct diagnosis and better management, don't try to find treatment online, good luck ...Read more
18 month old got bitten by fire ants on foot and ankle.Bite is slightly swollen and red with little pimple.Treatment? Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for swelling?
I completed a Accutane treatment of 6 months about 8 months ago and im getting whiteheads do i need a second Accutane treatment to clear my skin..?
I completed a Accutane treatment 10 months ago it cleared my big cyst. . But i am getting whiteheads on nose,forehead,chin what can i use t cure dat?
Acne treatment no Rx: Acne can be prevented or minimized by using a gentle cleanser twice daily, over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid products followed by a noncomedogenic moisturizer. Since you have already completed a course of Accutane, a last resort for treatment of acne, re-consultation with your prescribing physician would be beneficial. ...Read more
No more pimples, still on accutane, but I have red acne scars on my cheeks and redness uneven skintone. Any treatments i can do ? I have wedding soon
Ease up on RetinA: You state that you are on Accutane but your history states you are on retin a (tretinoin) as well. You may want to ease up on the retin a (tretinoin) as that may be responsible for your redness. Some patients love and swear by relight therapy but the science is lacking. Nor surgical interventions can be done because of the Accutane so cosmetics may be your best option. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nothing will work: I'm really sorry your acne was neglected and you had scarring. If you still have active disease, get it managed by a competent physician. Unlike in the past, you're now basically an adult and can pick up the telephone and schedule an appointment. Until you get seen, use benzoyl peroxide as tolerated. Your scars can be managed with filler, laser, or microsurgery if you wish. ...Read more
What can help treat back, buttocks, and back of the thigh acne? I've tried over-the-counter body acne treatment with no luck.
Acne vs folliculitis: It's important to distinguish whether you have acne or folliculitis. If it is folliculitis, to determine if it is pityrosporum folliculitis. Treatment depends on the diagnosis. If you are certain it is acne, use otc 10% benzoyl peroxide wash daily, leave on for 5 minutes before rinsing off. If it doesn't improve, see your dermatologist for a definitive diagnosis and rx treatment. ...Read more
What is the most effective over-the-counter treatment plan for controlling acne while healing minor acne scars & hyperpigmentation?
Is there an effective non-surgical acne scar treatment that i can purchase over-the-counter? I have some light acne scars leftover from my teenage-years that i would like to eliminate or at least fade them. I do not want to have a surgical procedure done
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