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Picking At Face Acne
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
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Will st. Ives scrub for blemish and blackhead clearing work effectively on keratosis pilaris (arms)?
A little for some: The st ives product is trying to exfoliate (shed) the skin "naturally". Exfoliation is a great way to treat kp, but the natural items are not really the strongest, so some may not respond. Alpha-hydroxy acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid or urea moisturize and soften dry skin while exfoliating. Apricots are supposed to have vitamin a to help, but I use it directly- retin a (tretinoin) is another product. ...Read more
Not curable: You must manage your acne until it remits on its own. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician who can add some prescription-strength Rx. Since you say you have it only on your face, it's likely that adding a topical antibiotic such as Clindamycin will be sufficient, but if you need something strong, go for it. ...Read more
I have acne on my chin & forehead and some acne scars on my cheeks. Cheap acne face wash to get rid of it fast?
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
"Pop" claim: To my knowledge, there's never been a scientific study done to see if this is true. Since it's very hard not to pick at these things without meaning to do so, it gives people an opportunity to blame you for a serious, chronic, non-lifestyle-related disease that can be managed easily if you can get somebody to get you to a competent physician. You have my sympathy. Best wishes. ...Read more
Of course not: This is a cruel internet prank. I am sorry your acne was neglected and you have scars. To get your disease under control, start using benzoyl peroxide as tolerated and phone your physician. You will probably need an antibiotic added for a while. Acne is unrelated to lifestyle one hygiene, and cannot be cured, though it will remit as you get older. Best wishes. ...Read more
Need treatment: See your PCP or dermatologist for treatment. It may include topical medications plus or minus topical ...Read more
Blackheads all over my face especially my chin, nose, cheeks and forehead I use a blackhead face scrub in the shower but it doesn't help?
Don't scrub!: Your face isn't a pot - don't scrub it. As to what treatment is best for you, each individual responds differently to different treatments, so there is no one "most effective" treatment. A dermatologist can tailor a treatment based on your skin type and the variety of acne you have. ...Read more
Whoa: Topical acne meds -- benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, retinoic acid derivatives -- won't improve the facial hair situation. Especially if you're a young woman, a hormonal problem sufficient to cause facial hair growth can be a serious thing and your physician must address this. Get unwanted facial hair removed professinoally if you wish -- electrolysis, laser. ...Read more