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What are the symptoms of acne inverse?

What are the symptoms of acne inverse?

Hidradenitis: Hidradenitis suppurativa, commonly referred to as acne inversa, is a severe inflammatory skin condition manifesting through blackheads and painful red bumps filled with pus that may persist for weeks or even months. This inflammatory skin condition is certainly amongst the most distressing and severe, which many sufferers find difficult to cope with both physically and psychologically. ...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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What is the treatment for acne inverse?

What is the treatment for acne inverse?

Varies: Fr antibiotics to surgical excision in rextreme cases. I am assuming you acne inverse is otherwise known as hydradinitis suppurativa. ...Read more

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What's the best Over The Counter treatment for Acne (oily skin)?

What's the best Over The Counter treatment for Acne (oily skin)?

Acne: Hi RizchaP, There are several commercially available products but generally, good skin hygiene includes washing frequently with a mild soap and drying. Ointments containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid (which is the active ingredient of aspirin). ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter treatment for old acne scars?

What is the best over-the-counter treatment for old acne scars?

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

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What is the most effective over-the-counter treatment plan for controlling acne while healing minor acne scars & hyperpigmentation?

What is the most effective over-the-counter treatment plan for controlling acne while healing minor acne scars & hyperpigmentation?

Benzoyl peroxide: It will slow new lesions but won't touch scars or hyperpigmentation. It is also only moderately effective. Nothing else over-the-counter works. Get with your physician -- despite our dysfunctional health care system, it's your best choice. ...Read more

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What should I look for in an over-the-counter acne treatment?

What should I look for in an over-the-counter acne treatment?

OTC Acne meds: Something that smells good, works well and is portable. A bit of color is an additional plus so you can treat and camouflage at the same time! salicylic acid and low percentage benzoyl peroxide are common ingredients. ...Read more

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What can help treat back, buttocks, and back of the thigh acne? I've tried over-the-counter body acne treatment with no luck.

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

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Using an over-the-counter blue/red light therapy mask for acne, 15 min daily, my insomnia has worsened, it is possible its the light therapy?

Using an over-the-counter blue/red light therapy mask for acne, 15 min daily, my insomnia has worsened, it is possible its the light therapy?

Poor choice: Phototherapy is at best an adjunct for acne. You deserve better. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician who can add prescription-strength therapy. Acne is a serious chronic illness that needs to be treated aggressively; having visible acne as an adult is a sign of poor self-care. Wishing you the best. ...Read more

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Can over-the-counter acne treatments expire? Like 4 months. Is it still good to use?

Can over-the-counter acne treatments expire? Like 4 months. Is it still good to use?

Yes, use it: Medication manufacturers are required to put expiration dates on their products but that doesn't mean the drug stops working immediately after that date. If medications are stored properly there is still residual effect left in them. I would not recommend using significantly outdated medications but that is not a problem in this case. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is acne inverse?

What sort of problem is acne inverse?

Acne Inversa: Hidradenitis suppurativa (hs), also known as 'acne inversa', is a physically, psychologically, and socially disabling disease affecting inverse areas of the body (those places where there is skin-to-skin contact - armpits, groin, breasts, etc.), and where apocrine glands and hair follicles are found. It is non-contagious and recurrent; but presents, with boils or painful lesions. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of acne inverse?

Hidradenitis: Hidradenitis suppurativa, commonly referred to as acne inversa, is a severe inflammatory skin condition manifesting through blackheads and painful red bumps filled with pus that may persist for weeks or even months. This inflammatory skin condition is certainly amongst the most distressing and severe, which many sufferers find difficult to cope with both physically and psychologically. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Acne: Acne is a chronic problem, not an overnight fix. Furthermore, squeezing your pimples further damages the skin causing more inflammation and dark staining which is scarring. Try a little benzoyl peroxide (like Clearasil or Oxy 10) and be prepared to be patient. ...Read more

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Is there any good simple over-the-counter control and cure for acne?

Is there any good simple over-the-counter control and cure for acne?

Not curable: Acne is unrealted to hygiene / lifestyle and you need to manage it until it self-cures. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated, and/or a salicylic acid wash and/or a topical retinoic acid derivative hasn't cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. ...Read more

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Is there any good OTC treatment for cystic acne?

Is there any good OTC treatment for cystic acne?

No: Anything short of Isotretinoin for cystic acne will probably disappoint you. If you are an adult responsible for the health of a teen with cystic acne, and you are denying him/her access to evidence-based treatment for a chronic disease that is a grave personal and professional liability, you are making a terrible mistake. Please get junior treated effectively. Thanks. ...Read more

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What is the efficiency of using "contractubex gel" on a sunken scar on face resulted from past acne ? Is this OTC gel give a long term treatment ?

What is the efficiency of using "contractubex gel" on a sunken scar on face resulted from past acne ? Is this OTC gel give a long term treatment ?

No: It's not going to help your acne scars at all. I'm sorry you have scarring from acne -- this shouldn't happen in today's world, because all acne is manageable -- and if you do have scars, get with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon for treatment with a filler, a laser, or microsurgery. ...Read more

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Hi doctor I have acne flareups, any over the counter medicines you would recommend that doesn't upset my skin?

Hi doctor I have acne flareups, any over the counter medicines you would recommend that doesn't upset my skin?

See a dermatologist: Not everybody is the same. Usually the best therapies for adult women with acne are prescriptions. Your menstrual history and use of any birth control are important factors. Tretinoin gel or cream. Oral spironolactone. ...Read more

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