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Rubbing Alcohol Back Acne
Depends on skin type: Laser hair removal has been the most satisfactory treatment especially for light complexioned people with darker hair color. Depilatories, waxing and threading have been around for a long time but do not have long lasting results. Seem to be problematic for such large areas.
Are there any negative affects of using rubbing alcohol to disinfect my face after I just got done extracting blackheads and poping pimples?
Rubbing alcohol: If it does not dry out your skin and make it get red and flaky I do not see a problem.
Isopropyl alcohol irritated my sensitive skin. I used an acne treatment that had 91% in it and made my two pimples look like big discolored bug bites!?
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OTCs help some: The best you can do with over the counter products is a cleanser with 3% salicylic acid or 10% benzoyl peroxide. Of find both and alternate days. Acne is difficult to treat...Get help from a doc with experience and be patient. You may need a lot more than cleansers to fix acne. Combination treatments including bcp, antibiotics, diet, etc may all be required. Severe cases need more. Good luck!See 1 more doctor answer
Acne is Acne: Treating back acne is no different than treating acne on any other part of your body. The difficulty with back acne is being able to apply the topical medication to the entire affected area. Because most people have a hard time reaching their backs, many doctors are more likely to start a patient on an oral medication to treat back acne in order to get results.See 1 more doctor answer
Topical and Oral: There are topical washes (benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and glycolic acid preparations) that are often quite helpful. There are also spray on / leave on salicylic and glycolic acid products that can help. Sometimes a combination of topical preparations and oral antibiotics can quiet down the back acne (backne).
Serious Rx: If it's on your back, you won't be able to clear it on your own, and home remedies and topical benzoyl peroxide probably won't touch it. Your physician can probably clear you in about two weeks with a systemic antibiotic that's right for you, perhaps tetracycline 500 2x/day. If this fails and you're offered isotretinoin, accept it.See 1 more doctor answer
Serious Rx: Acne on the trunk will usually not clear with only topical therapy. Your physician is your partner in managing this serious chronic disease which is a major personal and professional liability. If your acne is not severe, it is likely to clear with an antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day plus some topical rx. For tough cases, a derm consult is in order.
Benzoyle peroxide: The biggest problem with treating back acne is getting someone to help you get the medicine onto the affected area. I like benzoyle peroxide wash with each shower. Towel dry and then Erythromycin 2% gel rubbed in for thirty seconds. Over the counter 2% salicylic acid in a spray form onto the back works well too. In my practice I use the acleara laser to treat the lesions; they almost disappear.
Yes: Isotretinoin is fda approved for treating nodulo cystic acne that has been recalcitrant to other remedies (eg. Systemic antibiotics). After a thorough consultation by a dermatologist and many laboratory tests, Isotretinoin may be administered. Monthly follow up examinations and lab tests are required. This rigorous protocol has been established to enhance drug safety.
Systemic Rx: You can't do it on your own, and home remedies and topical benzoyl peroxide probably won't touch it. Your physician can probably clear you in about two weeks with a systemic antibiotic that's right for you, perhaps tetracycline 500 2x/day. If this fails and you're offered isotretinoin, accept it.
Acne Therapy: Acne treatments work by reducing oil production, speeding up skin cell turnover, fighting bacterial infection, reducing the inflammation or doing all four. With most prescription acne treatments, you may not see results for four to eight weeks, and your skin may get worse before it gets better. There are topicals like ziana and epiduo and oral medication like solodyn (minocycline). See your dermatologist.
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