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Treatment for post-acne marks?

Treatment for post-acne marks?

Depends: Depends on the marks
red spots. These come from acne inflammation and resolve over a few months. No treatment needed

brown spots. Also come from inflammation, but in this case the inflammation leads to hyper pigmentation. This resolves on its own, but there are topical meds that help.

Pitted scars. This needs laser treatment, surgery, or chemical peels to treat. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more


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What is the first line of treatment for acne?

What is the first line of treatment for acne?

OTC treatments: Topical treatments include over the counter products containing salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or a combination of both. In addition for pustules and cysts heat producing home units can work like a laser in shrinking these lesions. A change in diet avoiding sugar and simple carbohydrates is often useful long term. ...Read more

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Best treatment for acne?

Best treatment for acne?

Scientific Rx: If topical benzoyl peroxide hasn't worked in two weeks, get with your physician. Home remedies are only an adjucnt. Acne is a serious, chronic, non-lifestyle-related disease that cannot be cured, will remit in time, and can be managed. Topical Clindamycin often clears milder cases; acne on the trunk tends to require systemic rx. ...Read more

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What's a good treatment for acne?

What's a good treatment for acne?

Rx: I start folks on topical clindamycin, plus benzoyl peroxide if there aren't a lot of blackheads or a retinoid acid derivative if there are. A woman who can take and wants the oral contraceptive pill will often be cleared by it. If this isn't sufficient (patient's opinion), the right systemic antibiotic usually works; the dermatologists have the big guns. ...Read more

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What's the good treatment for acne?

What's the good treatment for acne?

Several options help: 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) 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 can help. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for acne!

What is the best treatment for acne!

Multiple: So acne is a very common and complex issue. There are many many treatments and they are very individually tailored. So the best answer for you may not be the best for someone else. There are many medications that work really well but are very risky for pregnancy so require regular pregnancy tests and birth control. Others that are topical ointments. Again best is to visit with your doctor or derm. ...Read more

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What's a good treatment for acne and scarring?

What's a good treatment for acne and scarring?

Options exist: Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon or dematologist to evaluate your personal options. This may include lasers, chemical peels, dermabrasion or prescription skin care. There are many options and you need a regimen tailored to your specific situation and expected results. ...Read more

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What is the current treatment fot teenage acne?

What is the current treatment fot teenage acne?

Acne Therapy: Topical treatments available over-the-counter include:
salicylic acid
benzoyl peroxide
sulfur
resorcinol
topical treatments available by prescription include:
azelaic acid
topical retinoids - adapalene, tazarotene, tretinoin
topical antibiotics - clindamycin, erythromycin, sulfacetamide
systemic acne treatment options:
solodyn or doryx (doxycycline). ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for acne and acne marks?

What is the best treatment for acne and acne marks?

You have choices: If you have acne that's causing scars, you have a right to effective treatment. It's likely that a dermatologist will give you a trial of one of the kind-of-dangerous and unpleasant but highly-effective vitamin a derivatives. These specialists also have a variety of ways of making old scars less apparent if that is your wish. ...Read more

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Best acne treatment?

Best acne treatment?

Options exist: Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon or dematologist to evaluate your personal options. This may include lasers, chemical peels, dermabrasion or prescription skin care. There are many options and you need a regimen tailored to your specific situation and expected results. ...Read more

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Tips on acne treatment?

Tips on acne treatment?

Rx's best: Since you are a female, your physician may be able to identify a mild hormonal problem putting you at extra risk. Over-the-counter stuff is weak. I start with topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative, adding a systemic antibiotic if needed (erythromycin might be a good choice if you can tolerate it). Only dermatologists can use the strongest medications. ...Read more

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Acne treatment for the back?

Acne treatment for the back?

Several types: It really depends on the type of acne and severity of the acne. If is is moderate to severe, oral antibiotics with topical treatments prescribed by a dermatologist is necessary. If it is very severe, Accutane may be necessary. It is is mild, topical prescriptions may help alon. ...Read more

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What is best acne treatment?

Scientific: It's unfortunate if you're 25 & haven't yet been rx'd effectively. Mildest cases may respond to topical benzoyl peroxide. Next step is topical Clindamycin or something similar, retinoic acid derivative if many blackheads. If not clear in a month or so, a systemic antibiotic for a guy, maybe tetracycline 500 2x/day; for the toughest cases Accutane will clear you tho it's not pleasant. ...Read more

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What is the best acne treatment?

See Dermatologist: Best to be seen by a well experienced board-certified dermatologist; nothing replaces in person history and physical when it comes to good medical care/recommendations. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is greenstone acne treatment good?

Clindamycin: It's pretty good for relatively mild disease, but never use an antibiotic as sole treatment for acne. It's especially good in combination with topical benzoyl peroxide. ...Read more

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I need help finding an acne treatment?

I need help finding an acne treatment?

Acne treatment: Dermatologists are experienced at acne management. Find one. ...Read more

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What steps should I take for acne treatment?

What steps should I take for acne treatment?

Acne treatment no Rx: 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. ...Read more

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What is the best recommended acne treatment?

Rx: If it's worrisome enough to write healthtap, you deserve a 21st century rx. I start with topical clindamycin, with a retinoic acid derivative if there are many blackheads, maybe benzoyl peroxide if not. Nastier acne or if present on the trunk usually requires an appropriate systemic antibiotic as well, and for the deep stuff, dermatologists have the big guns. Should be manageable. Good luck. ...Read more

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Please describe a good acne treatment for me?

Please describe a good acne treatment for me?

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

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I have cistic acne what is the best treatment?

I have cistic acne what is the best treatment?

Accutane: Only a dermatologist can prescribe this, it is not pleasant and is slightly risky, but it is well worth it and you'll be glad. I'm sorry that you have not been treated sooner. ...Read more

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What is an atypical treatment for acne cysts/lesions?

What is an atypical treatment for acne cysts/lesions?

"Atypical"?: There are treatments that work, and treatments that don't. For cystic acne, especially if you're not a female who might be cleared with spironolactone or the birth control pill, Isotretinoin is by far your best option if you're willing to brave it. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for acne? Only capsules not creams?

Systemic Rx: Your question suggests to me that you have tried topical therapy and it failed. Most men clear on a systemic antibiotic that's right for them; the tough cases respond to drugs that only a dermatologist can write for. You may want to give topical rx a second try; clindamycin, benzoyl peroxide, and a retinoic acid derivative may all help. ...Read more

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Acne and pimple treatment?

Acne and pimple treatment?

Acne therapy: If your acne doesn't respond to otc treatments, consider seeing a doctor or dermatologist to get a stronger prescription lotion. Tretinoin (avita, retin-a, others), Adapalene (differin) and tazarotene (tazorac, avage) are examples of topical prescription products derived from vitamin a. They work by promoting cell turnover and preventing plugging. You may also need oral antibiotics like doryx (doxycycline). ...Read more

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Clortrmazole cream as an acne treatment?

Clortrmazole cream as an acne treatment?

Won't help: It's for fungi and won't touch the propionobacteria that cause acne. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you after two weeks, get with your personal physician. ...Read more

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Is Accutane recommended for acne treatment?

For severe cases: Accutane is a very strong but very effective drug for acne. It has potential serious side effects and requires close monitoring. That said, I know multiple patients who have had phenomenal improvements with Accutane that say they would do the treatment over. I recommend you see a local dermatologist for a consultation and more information. ...Read more

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What treatment should I take for acnes..... I don't wanna use pills I don't like them what should I do?

What treatment should I take for acnes..... I don't wanna use pills I don't like them what should I do?

There are topical me: It all dependson what type and hoe bad the acne is. Speak to your doctor and get evaluated and meds topical can be selected. ...Read more

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What do healing post-acne marks look like?

What do healing post-acne marks look like?

Various: Dermatologists distinguish rounded, depressed, icepick, and hypertrophic/raised. Some hollywood actors and actresses have kept theirs for the rugged, real-person look; other people want them treated. A dermatologist cannot remove a scar, but can make them less visible using any of several techniques. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do I know if my acne is healing? What are the signs?

How do I know if my acne is healing? What are the signs?

Improving acne: Signs that acne is improving include reduction of size and number of existing acne lesions and a reduction in new acne lesions. Your face, chest and/or back will look more clear. ...Read more

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Please help, I need some tips on healing acne other than medication?

Please help, I need some tips on healing acne other than medication?

Wise up: Forgive my frankness. It won't work. Acne is a serious, chronic, non-lifestyle-related disease that is a grave personal and professional liability. What do you think will happen if you interview for a job with a face full of pimples and tell them you "don't believe in medication"? Today's meds can clear even the worst cases though it may not be pleasant. "Holistic" meds are only adjuncts here. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for acne?

What is a good treatment for acne?

Real science: Start with benzoyl peroxide otc if you can tolerate it. Rx topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative is next. Your physician may move to the oral contraceptive pill if you are a woman and can take it, or the right oral antibiotic (macrolide, tetracycline). Dermatologists have the big guns. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for body acne?

Whatever works: It depends on your definition of "best". Some people can do w/ simple face (&body) scrubs & food trigger avoidance. Others require topical lotions & prescriptions. A third type (like me) was prescribed retinoic acid, but that kept me out of the sun for more than 2 yrs & I lost my spot on the varsity team (couldn't practice). All treatments have differing potency & side effects, so talk to ur docto ...Read more

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What is beauty pills for treatment of acne?!

What is beauty pills for treatment of acne?!

Worthless.: Acne is treated by cleansing skin, benzoyl peroxide products, topical antibiotics, oral antibiotics, and certain types of light therapy. See a dermatologist and don't waste your money on "beauty pills" for acne or any other concern! ...Read more

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Acne not respond to local treatment in 39years old?

Seeing a doctor?: Has the acne just begun? Adult onset acne needs treatment by physician. There may be hormonal problems such as pcos or adrenal disorders. Please see your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What is the best medication and treatment for acne?

Best acne treatment: Isotretinoin has best results, but is not for everyone. Each person's acne is unique and treatment should be tailored to the individual. See a dermatologist to discuss the best and different options for you. ...Read more

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What's most effective treatment for inflamated acne?

What's most effective treatment for inflamated acne?

See Dermatologist: You should see a dermatologist. Let him/her examine you and prescribe the treatments as needed. ...Read more

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What would happen if you stop using the exposed acne treatment?

What would happen if you stop using the exposed acne treatment?

You will save money: You could taper slowly. Look for the ingredients found in the product to determine if it is actually a good product. Avoid parabens, petrolatum, mineral oils etc. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for baby acne?

What is the treatment for baby acne?

None: It can be hard to look at your adorable baby with red bumps scattered across his cheeks and not want to "do" something about it. The good news is, it will go away on its own, usually by 4-6 months old. Do not apply any oils or lotions to your baby's face as this could aggravate his baby acne. Take heart, this will resolve without leaving a trace. Enjoy your precious baby. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more


Dr. Marsha Davis
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Facial Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more