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Doctor insights on: The Best Facial Cleansers To Use On African American Oily Skin

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Oily Skin (Definition)

Oily skin = excess sebum secretions on the outer most ...Read more


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I am african with a very oily skin, I use sp 15 daily but have bad pigmention. My face is getting darker, what can I do to brighten it?

I am african with a very oily skin, I use sp 15 daily but have bad pigmention. My face is getting darker, what can I do to brighten it?

SPF>30: Darkening of facial skin is most commonly due to sun exposure but can also be due to drugs+sun, melasma, or inflammatory disorders. All these have the same tx: sun avoidance with good uva/uvb block of > 30 all year round. Depending on the cause (should get a formal diagnosis) you can tx w skin bleaching creams or retinoids. ...Read more

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I have redness all over my face. At night I use a benzoyl peroxide cleanser& acne lighteners. I don't know if I have normal or oily skin?

I have redness all over my face. At night I use a benzoyl peroxide cleanser& acne lighteners. I don't know if I have normal or oily skin?

Doctor can evaluate: If a rash on the face is only where the acne medications and cleansers are being used, it could be a reaction to the acne items. If there are also no other ill symptoms at all, a person might stop the acne items and wait 2-3 days before seeing her primary care doctor or her dermatologist. If there are other symptoms going on, or if symptoms are worrisome, her primary care doctor can evaluate now. ...Read more

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Docs, what's an all natural facial cleanser for dry/oily skin?

Docs, what's an all natural facial cleanser for dry/oily skin?

Wrong question: Any label "all natural" is not honest. Consider that poison ivy, monoxide, lead, and cyanide are all "natural" What you need to know is "how effective", "how does it feel" how expensive"??? Is it safe? " ...Read more

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Are there any benefits for a brown skin african american to use a tanning bed?

Are there any benefits for a brown skin african american to use a tanning bed?

No: Tanning beds are artificial intense uv light. Most tanning beds today are uva type, that allows tanning, but also greatly accelerates aging, wrinkles, sun spots and abnormal pigmentation. Darker skinned people who use tanning beds are not getting any benefits (maybe some extra vitamin d) but instead are accelerating aging and wrinkles and maybe even increasing their risk of getting skin cancer. ...Read more

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I have oily skin nd I use cleanser and oitments for oily skin, but nothing works for me. What should I do? I'm 22

I have oily skin nd I use cleanser and oitments for oily skin, but nothing works for me. What should I do? I'm 22

Pangea Organics: Pangea australian wild plum & willow cleanser. It is plant based (not dangerous chemicals), organic, vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free and fairtrade. The high antioxidant content found in these products supports collagen retention, helps stimulate micro-circulation, gently purifies, brightens skin tone & helps prevent discoloration and moisture loss. Http://www. Pangeaorganics. Com/buffalo. ...Read more

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I am a 45 year old african american woman. I took isotretnoin (30mg tid) for 2 weeks and my facial skin darkened 3 shades. I stopped...Help!

I am a 45 year old african american woman. I took isotretnoin (30mg tid) for 2 weeks and my facial skin darkened 3 shades. I stopped...Help!

Hyperpigmentation: What you have is postinflammatory hyper pigmentation meaning that skin irritation causes increased pigment. Isotretinoin causes increased sun sensitivity which could also cause increase in pigment in your skin.
Treatment is with prescription bleaching cream called hydroquinone. ...Read more

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African American and I've noticed my facial skin has turned darker? What's going on?

African American and I've noticed my facial skin has turned darker? What's going on?

Send photo: Could be multiple things: a tan, Addison's disease, Lupus or other autoimmune issues. Send us a photo to help. ...Read more

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I am a african american woman and I've notice that the skin on my face is starting to have a lot of light patches. Why is that?

Multiple causes: This change may represent a rash such as pityriasis alba or vitiligo. Use sensitive skin soap, moisturizers, and sunscreens only. Consult a dermatologist to evaluate and treat this. ...Read more

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Can I use cetaphil oily skin cleanser while on roaccutane?

Can I use cetaphil oily skin cleanser while on roaccutane?

Use Cetaphil Gentle: While using roaccutane, use cetaphil gentle skin cleanser instead of cetaphil oily skin cleanser since surface oils will be reduced and local skin irritation will be a common adverse effect. ...Read more

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Do I need to apply moisterizer on my face after putting cetaphil oily skin cleanser on?

Do I need to apply moisterizer on my face after putting cetaphil oily skin cleanser on?

Yes: You should apply a toner and a moisturizer every time you wash your face. If your face is oily, you should use a thin moisturizer (more of a lotion than a cream). Not using a moisturizer can cause your face to produce more oil in an attempt to keep your skin from being too dry. The toner helps to restore pH balance after washing so that the moisturizer can be absorbed. ...Read more

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What is the best cleanser for an oily skin! Eucerin cleanser or avene cleanser? And what's the diffrence between those too?

What is the best cleanser for an oily skin! Eucerin cleanser or avene cleanser? And what's the diffrence between those too?

Mild cleansers: If your skin tends to be oily then a cleanser that has either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid 1-2 times per day can help. However, remember that your skin produces oil throughout the day so you still may have some oiliness between washes. ...Read more

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I have oily skin and I bought a cleanser and toner from khiels. .. Should I use a moisturizer too? Or use my stieva-a 0.01%? Also how often to use stv

I have oily skin and I bought a cleanser and toner from khiels. .. Should I use a moisturizer too? Or use my stieva-a 0.01%? Also how often to use stv

Pangea Organics: Try moroccan argan with willow and rosemary cream. They are plant based (not weird chemicals), organic, vegan, gluten-free. The high antioxidant content found in these products supports collagen retention, helps stimulate micro-circulation, gently purifies, brightens skin tone and helps prevent discoloration and moisture loss. Http://www. Pangeaorganics. Com/buffalo. ...Read more

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I cannot use menthol. Does the cetaphil cleanser for oily skin have menthol as a fragrance?

I cannot use menthol. Does the cetaphil cleanser for oily skin have menthol as a fragrance?

As far as I know, no: I have used cetaphil for years and I have never noticed any menthol in their products as far as I can tell. There may be a version of cetaphil that does have Menthol, so I also caution you to check the labeling prior to use. ...Read more

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What is a good face cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and exfoliation that works well for my oily skin?

What is a good face cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and exfoliation that works well for my oily skin?

Foaming cleanser: For oily skin foaming cleansers or cleansing pads with alpha and or beta hydroxy acids work best (cetaphil has a great foam cleanser for oily skin and neutrogena has great acid cleansing pads), only use toners when your face is extremely oily as we need some oils to prevent the skin from looking more wrinkled and aged, exfoliate only once a week ...Read more

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Tried and true acne facial cleanser for oily skin?

Tried and true acne facial cleanser for oily skin?

Pangea Organics: Australian wild plum & willow cleanser is organic, vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free and fairtrade. The high antioxidant content found in these products supports collagen retention, helps stimulate micro-circulation, gently purifies, brightens skin tone and helps prevent discoloration and moisture loss. Http://www. Pangeaorganics. Com/buffalo. ...Read more

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My 14 year old daughter has normal to oily skin and break out sometimes, could she use obagi nu-derm foaming cleanser with the obagi tone?

She could and: It may help. One way to get good improvement less expensively is the birth control pill. Those help by decreasing circulating testosterone both from the ovary and by having the liver produce more protein to bind testosterone in the blood. It takes a couple of months but will not hurt her to start at this age, good luck. ...Read more

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I'm a 40yr old african american female that has dry sensitive skin& facial acne, my friend suggested clarisonic does this machine and product work?

Clarisonic Skin Care: A clarisonic skin care device produces more effective results than without it. The ultrasonic action of a clarisonic cleaning device can cleanse your skin more thoroughly than using your hands or a wash cloth. The infusion device can drive skin serums more deeply and effectively penetrate the skin better than without the device. You can cleanse your skin without it, but with it is superior. ...Read more

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Is there a compound or skin bleach to get rid of dark marks on african american skin I am llight brown skin and I have a lot of dark marks from plucking and tweezing facial hair?

Is there a compound or skin bleach to get rid of dark marks on african american skin I am llight brown skin and I have a lot of dark marks from plucking and tweezing facial hair?

Melanage peels: First you must avoid the sun, and protect your skin from uva & uvb radiation.
Most bleaching creams are not very effective.
The best treatment for hyper-pigmentation (dark spots) is a melanage peel. This treatment is especially effective for darker skinned individuals. Dark skinned people must be very careful not to actually make the dark spots worse. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of uneven skin tone I tried every thing I'm African american the skin around my ryes and my nose are the lightest part of my face?

I am not sure there: A way. If this is a wide change in skin tone then one can use covermark which is a type of makeup specifically for this kind of problem. See a derm doc for better ideas and to make sure there is not something else going on.
One must think of a condition called vitiligo. ...Read more

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Is cetaphil a good cleanser for oily skin?

Is cetaphil a good cleanser for oily skin?

Try This: Cetaphil has a new product on the market called "cetaphil dermacontrol oil control foam wash" that I have had excellent results with patients. I do not like to endorse one brand over another but this product has shown great results thus far. It is worth a try. ...Read more

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I'm african american how do I even my skin toneĀ ?

Chemical peel: There may be areas which are darker than the rest of the face caused by hormones or acne. Retinoids such as retin a (tretinoin) and differin can slowly peel the skin and lighten the area. There is also a safe chemical peel the vi peel which can be use in all skin colors to even out the skin. It may need to be repeated in 3-12 months as necessary to maintain the effect. ...Read more

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Why did cetaphil oily skin cleanser break me out?

Various reasons: Any facial product will contain several active and inactive ingredients. I would recommend giving your face a break for a few days and try another product. Only use it on a small area of your face at first in case there is another outbreak. There are several holistic oily skin web sites available for your review to see if a technique suggested there might help too. ...Read more

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Is vitalize peel/vipeel safe for African American skin?

Yes: I have used ViPeel extensively on dark skin and it is effective and safe. ...Read more