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Removing Pimples From Face
No: Unfortunately over the counter creams will do little to change it. See a dermatologist for help. ...Read more
Include: benzoyl peroxide, resorcinol, salicylic acid, and sulfur are the most common over the counter medicines for acne or pimples. Assuming your case is pretty mild, try starting with these.
As far as actual cleaning of your face, do it gently with a mild cleanser twice a day and after heavy exercise.
If you have acne scarring, PRP (platelet rich plasma) and juvederm can greatly improve.... ...Read more
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Many options: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel/cream is helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel/cream. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or differin (adapalene) gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral antibiotics, and oral contraceptives (for women), are options also. If acne is quite severe, a dermatologist may prescribe oral accutane. ...Read more
Possibly not a "zit": It may be a persistent clogged pore or a small cyst if it has lasted this long and is still raised. It may also be some persistent inflammation. If it's just redness, but it's flat it may be PIH (hyper pigmentation from the acne). You could try a low concentration, over the counter steroid cream on it to see if that helps, if not, see MD. ...Read more
Pimples: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day & use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider OTC products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). Retinoids/ comedone extractor can be helpful for black heads. If > mild acne see dermatology. ...Read more
I have a hard pimple underneath the surface of my skin on my face. It progressed over a few days, It’s painful and it’s growing. How do I treat this?
Warm compresses to: The area may help, but it sounds like you may need more treatment than you can do on your own at home. Please have it checked by a doctor, so that it can be properly diagnosed and treated. ...Read more
Acne: Don't wash your face with body soap. Also don't use alcohol or comedogenic products on your face. Try to find an acne wash system like neutrogena or something with benzoyl peroxide. Following low sodium diet might help too, since acne-causing bacteria like salt. You can try to prevent spreading bacteria onto your face by not touching your face, washing your phone, etc. ...Read more
Scalp Folliculitis: Folliculitis is the medical term for the infection and inflammation of the hair follicles. This condition can affect the hair and skin on any part of the body, including the scalp. Scalp folliculitis is characterized by the appearance of small, white or yellowish pustules, that resemble acne. The pustules can be quite itchy and painful at times. ...Read more
Acne remedies: There are many possible ways to treat acne correctly. It is a step treatment including:1. Skin hygiene 2. Antibacterials 3. Retinols 4. Photodynamic therapy 5. Laser. 6. Tretinoins in mix and match combinations, and oral contraceptives. If you have severe acne, please see a competent dermatologist before getting scarred. ...Read more
Pimples are more likely in areas with more sebaceous glands as happens to the case with face. Also skin in different locations has different sensitivity to sex hormones. Pimples are driven by androgens, even in women.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Pimples: Are an unfortunate part of being a teen-ager. If you are older than that please see a dermatologist. A teen-ager can see one also. Be sure to keep skin clean, avoid make up that is not hypoallergenic and avoid trans fats as found in junk food. Do not use any skin lotion containing alcohol. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Scientific Rx: Glad you're seeking treatment. If a few weeks on over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide isn't a great success, your physician may add a topical antibiotic such as clindamycin. If your acne is only on your face, you're less likely to need to move onto a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 mg 2x/day, but perhaps this is in your future. Dermatologists have the big guns. ...Read more
Acne: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day ; use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Exfoliate occasionally. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider otc products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). If > mild acne see dermatology. ...Read more
Scientific Rx: Two weeks trial of topical benzoyl peroxide alone. This clears most mild acne. If not clear, physician's office visit. Options may include topical retinoic acid derivative, topical clindamycin, the oral contraceptive pill for a woman who can take it, and/or an appropriate systemic antibiotic right for the patient. Tough cases referred for isotretinoin. Manage as a chronic disease. Good luck. ...Read more
Acne Troubles: Acne is the great esteem crusher of adolescence. You can usually keep it under control with gentle facial cleanser, 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, and light facial moisturizer. If these fail, a dermatologist could prescribe antibiotics, topical retinoids, or Accutane as a last resort. If you would like more personalized advice, click the Send Message button at healthtap. Com/saurbornmd ...Read more
Acne: It is important to treat your acne so that you don't get permanent scarring. Some patients wait too long before seeing their dermatologist to have their acne treated. Normally topical medicines and internal antibiotics are used to keep acne under control. You can start with an over the counter benzoyl peroxide wash while you are waiting for your appointment with your dermatologist. ...Read more
Scientific Rx: The oral contraceptive pill can end acne in a woman who wants and can take it. Otherwise I start with benzoyl peroxide plus topical clindamycin, adding retinoic acid if there are blackheads and a suitable oral antibiotic if there's not a good result in 4 weeks. Dermatologists have stronger medicines. You have a right to a clear complexion. ...Read more
Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'. ...Read more
Scientific Rx: Start with benzoyl peroxide and make a physician's appointment. If needed, your physician will probably add a topical antibiotic such as clindamycin, and/or a retinoic acid derivative. This will probably do the trick if it's face-only. There are systemic antibiotics and some stronger meds. This is the 21st century, we're curing most cancers, and we can handle all acne. Good lcuk. ...Read more
Scientific Rx: If topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day hasn't cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician who will add something stronger to this regimen. If it's face-only, probably adding topical Clindamycin or a short course of a systemic tetracycline will do the trick. You can't cure acne but you can keep it under control until it self-cures as you get older. ...Read more
Different 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
No fast treatment.: Wash face w/ gentle cleanser 2x/day & use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider OTC products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). Retinoids/ comedone extractor can be helpful for black heads. If increase in mild acne, see dermatologist. ...Read more
Many things: A pimple like rash that just occurred is different from one that's been there awhile, than one that comes and goes. Rashes are difficult to assess without seeing them. Please see your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Acne: Acne is at least in part a hormonal disease. We know this because acne symptoms start only after adequate levels of hormones are present during puberty. Also, we know that acne symptoms usually increase when androgen (male hormone) levels increase. Exactly how and why this occurs is unknown. Ice on the face will not reduce pimples. Try prescription epiduo or ziana. ...Read more
Scalp Folliculitis: Folliculitis is an infection in the hair follicles. Each hair on your body grows out of a tiny pouch called a follicle. You can have folliculitis on any part of your body that has hair. But it is most common on the face and scalp and areas rubbed by clothing, such as the thighs and groin. Scalp folliculitis is usually caused by a bacteria called staph and is treated with oral antibiotics. ...Read more
Serious stuff: Randy, you're 19 years old and almost a man. Acne may be a nuisance for a teen, but it's a major liability for an adult. You'll more than "tips" -- you need to manage a chronic, non-lifestyle-related disease until it remits on its own. If topical benzoyl peroxide or retinoic acid has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician for prescription-strength Rx. ...Read more
See a dermatologist: More information is needed. What is your age? How severe is your acne? Have you had treatment before and if so what? I assume you are a teenager. Most of this is due to hormones. However, see a dermatologist for a consultation. Some dermatologist may put you on antibiotics or retin a (tretinoin). ...Read more