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Which over-the-counter products are best for acne skin?

Which over-the-counter products are best for acne skin?

Salicylic acid /BPO: Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are the main active ingredients in most of the over the counter acne medications. You choose what strength you want for each, up to 3% for sa and up to 10% for bpo. Sometimes the combination of both can help. If you are no better within 6-8 weeks, call your doctor for help. ...Read more

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What drugstore products use retin-a/tretinoin?

What drugstore products use retin-a/tretinoin?

Retin-A=prescription: Retin-a is a prescription medication and not available in otc products. However other retinoids such as retinol are widely available in many cosmeceuticals. ...Read more

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Can using a salicylic acid face wash and prescription topical acne medication cause acne breakouts?

Can using a salicylic acid face wash and prescription topical acne medication cause acne breakouts?

It can exacerbate sx: It is possible that topic treatment can exacerbate sx. Cleaning up your diet, removing junk and fatty foods, increase water intake, and adding probiotics as well as cleaning up any stool pbms . Rosacea is actually caused by a little bug and requires specif treatment, dermatology consult indicated. ...Read more

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Which one should I use for sensitive skin? Benzoyl peroxide acne cream or salicylic acid acne cream?

Which one should I use for sensitive skin? Benzoyl peroxide acne cream or salicylic acid acne cream?

Benzyl/salicylic aci: One has to try benzyl proxide low strength like 2.5% and if tolerated can be increased to 5%., not cream but wash .But if not tolerated than you can try 1%salicylic acid and can be increased to 2% if tolerated. You have to try what your skin can tolearate, it varies from perso0n to person.If in doubt, consult your md/dermatologist. ...Read more

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Any products for acne redness & acne?

Any products for acne redness & acne?

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

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Tried and true acne facial cleanser for oily skin?

Tried and true acne facial cleanser for oily skin?

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

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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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Any suggestions for acne products for t-zone skin?

Any suggestions for acne products for t-zone skin?

Start mild: The t-zone is the brow ridges and nose, correct? This is a common spot for acne and if it's just on your face, chances are it'll be relatively easy to manage. You have a better-than-even chance of getting it controlled with topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated. If this fails, get with your physician who can add something. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What products work on facial acne scars?

What products work on facial acne scars?

Acne scars: It is a very difficult thing to treat. Please do not expect any miracles. A two prong approach to fix it from outside and inside should be used. You can try the following; dermabrasion or fraxel on the skin. Sculptra or fat injections under the skin. ...Read more

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Neutrogena naturals acne cream cleanser, does it work well?

Possible: It can be helpful, but you must remember that everyone's skin reacts differently to different creams and lotions. Therefore, what may work for one may not necessarily work as well for the next person. However, if you have used it in the past and it has worked before it may be a good place to start. Then if not you can consult your physician for prescription medications/lotions. ...Read more

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Will clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) treat my acne and scars?

Will clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) treat my acne and scars?

Get a real Rx: That stuff is weak and overpriced. If you have gotten scars, you should already be on prescription meds. I am sorry this happened and you need to get with your personal physician. ...Read more

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What products would you reccomend for acne? Biore, proactive,clean and clear,aveeno (oatmeal)? i have acne,blackheads, and oily skin

What products would you reccomend for acne? Biore, proactive,clean and clear,aveeno (oatmeal)? i have acne,blackheads, and oily skin

See your doctor: There are many types of therapy depending on what type of acne you have. You should follow medical advice carefully to get best results with no side effects ...Read more

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Are cleansers and moisturizers containing alcohol & fragrance bad for acne-prone skin?

Are cleansers and moisturizers containing alcohol & fragrance bad for acne-prone skin?

Alcohol? No. : Alcohol is a good cleanser. Fragrances can contain so many substances that you have no idea what you may be sensitive to. Keep it simple. One ingredient at a time. ...Read more

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All those products and the Proactiv system contain benzoyl peroxide?

All those products and the Proactiv system contain benzoyl peroxide?

Yes.: The active ingredient in proactiv system is benzoyl peroxide. This item can bleach clothing or sheets so be careful with it during daily use. ...Read more

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Top clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) product to get rid of pimples?

Top clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) product to get rid of pimples?

Vanishing cream: I prefer the daily vanishing cream as it has benzoyl peroxide as the active ingredient, which is the best product available over the counter for the treatment of acne. ...Read more

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Which acne product should I use for super oily skin?

Which acne product should I use for super oily skin?

Scientific Rx: Regardless of skin type, topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day is a good start. You may also try a retinoic acid derivative. If you're not clear in two weeks, your personal physician can help. ...Read more

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Are hydroquinone cream products good for whitening and removing acne red marks?

Are hydroquinone cream products good for whitening and removing acne red marks?

It's about pigment: Hydroquinone works by decreasing the pigment cells in your skin. Let your doctor look at the scarring to determine if this is redness from blood vessels or is it pigment associated with pih or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. If it is pigment, hydroquinone will be your ticket. ...Read more

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What acne product works better?

What acne product works better?

Scientific Rx: Acne is a chronic disease that eventually remits as a person ages. I was able to stop taking rx when i was 50. In the meantime, topical benzoyl peroxide is your first treatment. If this fails, your personal physician can add topical clindamycin, topical tretinoin, a systemic antibiotic, or one of the big guns. Manage the disease until it remits -- you owe it to yourself. ...Read more

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What product is fastest for acne?

What product is fastest for acne?

Benzoyl peroxide: Use 5% 2x/day. If you are not clear in two weeks, get on the phone to your personal physician. Acne is a serious, chronic, non-lifestyle-related disease that is a serious personal and professional liability. It can be managed until it self-cures. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Which product works best for acne?

Which product works best for acne?

None of them: None of the over-the-counter acne treatments does much good. I start with topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid-based compound. If I do not get a good result in two weeks, i add a systemic antibiotic appropriate to the person. Dermatologists are allowed to use the big guns. Nobody nowadays needs to have bad acne -- life's hard enough without it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Best acne product for teenage male?

Best acne product for teenage male?

Best to see your doc: One of the best is the over the counter benzyl peroxide , start with 2.5% strength, and gradually increase to 5% or 10 %. You may want to see a doctor to find out the severity if you have severe acne to find out what else needs to be done in that case. ...Read more

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Want to know the correct product for acne?

There are TONS: Need to ask a good dermatologis. As far as non-prescription............La-roach posay and avene make a couple of acne products that I have seen work better than most anything else, but it depends on the individual and how bad / type of acne they have as well. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the best acne product?

Please help! what is the best acne product?

Benzoyl peroxide: 5%, 2x/day. It's not fun but it's your best friend. If you're not clear on two weeks, get with your personal physician for prescription-strength medication. ...Read more

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What facial product works the best for acne?

What facial product works the best for acne?

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

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What is the best acne product for a teenage guy?

What is the best acne product for a teenage guy?

Gels or creams: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel/cream is quite helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel/cream such as Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) gel. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or differin gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral antibiotics such as tetracycline can be used also. If acne is quite severe, a dermatologist might use oral accutane. ...Read more

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What is the best acne product for female teenagers?

What is the best acne product for female teenagers?

Use EVERY day: The best product is one that you use every day. Be patient. If you start today, you're preventing pimples 2 months from now. Good products contain either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. You can find more info at: http://kidshealth.Org/teen/your_body/skin_stuff/acne.Html#. ...Read more

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How to know which is the best acne product for you?

How to know which is the best acne product for you?

See a dermatologist: There are various acne meds, often used in combinations. Determination of exactly which meds to use is determined by exam and discussion. ...Read more

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Which is now the top product to treating serious acne?

Scientific Rx: If two weeks on over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide doesn't clear you, get with your physician. You may be a rx for a topical retinoic acid derivative, the oral contraceptive pill (if you're female), topical clindamycin, a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline, or a dermatology referral for possible isotretinoin. All acne is manageable today; it's not a hygiene or lifestyle problem. We can help. ...Read more

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What is the best clean and clear product that treats acne?

What is the best clean and clear product that treats acne?

Benzoylperoxide: Any product with benzoyloperoxide is acceptable. Avoiding shampoo with conditioner would also be helpful because conditioner will block skin pores and cause acne. ...Read more

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Its about my acne. Nothing happens with the product I need help.

Its about my acne. Nothing happens with the product I need help.

Find a doc: There are variations in acne & each require different approach. Topical salycilic acid based lotions ,retenoids , washes are most common, Topical or oral antibiotics are occasionally used. A vitamin A derivative is sometimes used in severe acne. Treatment is based on exam and patients response to therapies involved. Find a doc & make a long term plan.Some have it into their 30's and beyond. ...Read more

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Can you recommend a good facial scrub/wash product for minor acne?

BPO products: Benzoyl peroxide (bpo) is a common ingredient in many otc and prescription acne medications including many good acne otc washes eg brevoxyl and. Panoxyl. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which clean and clear product works better for acne?

If you must ask...: You probably need something stronger. 5% topical benzoyl peroxide from the drugstore is cheaper and probably stronger. If 2x/day hasn't cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. All acne can be managed until it self-cures as you get older. ...Read more

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What acne product(s) should I use just to try out and see if it works?

What acne product(s) should I use just to try out and see if it works?

See a dermatologist: Depending upon the severity of your acne and the type of your skin(dry or oily)different products may be recommended. I would not try just any ol thing. Good luck! everyone deserves to have clear skin in this day and age. ...Read more

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I have adult acne and have tried every product imaginable and nothing helps. What will clear adult acne?

I have adult acne and have tried every product imaginable and nothing helps. What will clear adult acne?

Big guns: I was able finally to stop taking medication for acne at age 50. I trust topical benzoyl peroxide monotherapy has failed. You're going to need prescription-strength medication from your physician. If topical retinoic acid, antibiotics, and topical spironolactone do not work, and you're not planning a pregnancy, try Isotretinoin if it's offered to you. ...Read more

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My acne is really horrible and if I use a product when I stop it gets worse what should I do? Right now I've just given up.

My acne is really horrible and if I use a product when I stop it gets worse what should I do? Right now I've just given up.

See a doctor.: Acne is very, very treatable! Severe cases require prescription medications that work well. Please check with your regular doctor to make sure your overall health is good and the first steps to good skin care can be given then. If no help with those,see a dermatologist. Don't give up! Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and veggies, too. ...Read more

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I have had acne since I was in grade 6, I have tried everything from natural to every product out there. What's next, if nothing is working?

I have had acne since I was in grade 6, I have tried everything from natural to every product out there. What's next, if nothing is working?

Great meds available: There are many good acne meds available. See your doc and ask. Most primary care docs can prescribe meds to try. If not, get a referral to a dermatologist or a doctor who has an interest in aesthetic medicine. Acne is extremely treatable, so please don't delay in getting on a regimen that will control your acne. ...Read more

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Pimples (Definition)

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