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Really Bad Acne Help
Get seen: Nothing you can do -- topical treatments, hygiene, diet or lifestyle -- will help much with bad acne. Your personal physician has a host of prescription-strength Rx's. If those around you are superstition and are interfering, pick up the phone yourself. If you are offered isotretinoin, remember it's not for the faint-hearted by the risk-benefit ratio is strongly in your favor. Best wishes. ...Read more
I have really bad acne on my face, back and shoulders. I've tried clearisil, clean and clear and Proactiv but nothing seems to work help me please?
Several options: While most kp does not require treatment, there are many treatments available. To read about these go to my blog at: http://www.Familyallergyasthmacare.Com/2014/03/keratosis-pilaris-all-you-need-to-know-about-chicken-bumps/. ...Read more
Scientific Rx: Severe acne, or any acne on the trunk, usually requires systemic treatment (pills) plus topical treatment. Get with your personal physician. If you're female, the oral contraceptive pill may clear you. Otherwise, if topical benzoyl peroxide and a course of systemic antibiotic fails, consider isotretinoin. ...Read more
Get seen: At your age, perhaps there is an explanation for why you have severe acne, or perhaps it is something else. Or it may be time for a different approach to your treatment. If you are using something that works to suppress your acne, and stop, it will recur unless you have finally outgrown it. I was able to go off tetracycline around age 50. Good luck. ...Read more
Scientific Rx: I'll assume over-the-conter benzoyl peroxide failed. Your physician can clear you.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
No: I was surprised, too; it does not seem to affect it one way or the other. All acne can be managed today by scientific medicine. If you are responsible for a teen with this chronic, disfiguring and potentially mutilating disease, please don't hesitate to get junior treated effectively by a competent physician. ...Read more
Constipation: Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in. Stay physically active. There are a number of over the counter laxatives that can be taken orally to help pass retained fecal matter. See your physician if these options don't help. ...Read more
Hello,I have really bad acne and I want to know, I put Palmer's cocoa butter on my face will it help to clear my acne.
Acne & cocoa butter: 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 such as Cetaphil, Ceravue or similar. Cocoa butter is likely to further clog your pores and in some people, caused increased irritation and redness. Severe acne is best managed by a dermatologist and Rx medications. ...Read more
Simple Care: Sunburn is response of the tissues to injury from solar radiation. It is simply inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Do not use ice as this can injure already injured skin. Cool water soaks can help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Avoid any further damage as this can cause scarring . Good skin cream applied daily/gently helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Physician can help: It's a chronic disease that eventually remits, and it not lifestyle-related or your fault. Acne that is really severe usually requires systemic rx in addition to topical medication. If an antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day fails, it is time to consider a dermatologist referral for isotretinoin. Do what you have to. ...Read more
Really bad acne and blackheads all over chest, back and face. I have big pores how do I get rid of them?
Serious Rx needed: Acne on the trunk won't respond well to anything you can do on your own. Start using topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated and get with your personal physician now. If a course of a systemic antibiotic does not clear you, the next offer may be Isotretinoin from a dermatologist; it's not for the faint-hearted but i'd urge you to try it if it's suitable. ...Read more
Good Skin Hygiene: Apply fragrance-free moisturizer like Vanicream 1-2 times per day. For eczema flares apply prescription strength corticosteroid ointments to problem areas twice a day until clear (low dose for face, higher dose to body). Wet dressings (wet wraps) at night with Aquaphor, phototherapy, and chlorine baths 2-3 times per week if eczema is more severe. See Allergist for more details. ...Read more
See your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more
Get real Rx: Any physician can manage acne successfully and at little cost. It's a non-lifestyle-related illness that can be devastating. If your parents are resisting taking you to get treated because of folk, "pop" or superstitious ideas, talk with one of your teachers or counselors. I'm sorry this has happened and wish you the best. ...Read more
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