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Tips For Teen Acne
Possibly....: The primary active agent in clenziderm is salicylic acid 2%. This may remove the excess oil and dirt as well as superficial dead skin cells by exfoliation. However, without actually being able to view the skin and acne you are concerned about, no blanket recommendation can be given for any single product. Acne is graded in severity. Based on the grade, more precise effective therapy can be chosen. ...Read more
Dermatology: You may benefit from joining the concierge service on this website to speak directly to a dermatologist in order to discuss what treatments you have tried already ...Read more
Does dairy really cause or worsen acne? Ive never noticed my teen acne improve with diet change (tried for 3 months) but still curious..
Probably not!: Science still does not know whether diet and acne are related, but evidence is starting to trickle in. Based on what we are seeing in clinical research, it seems prudent to eat a relatively low-glycemic diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables and omega-3 fats and to perhaps supplement with 30mg of zinc gluconate per day. However, due to our modern diets and Western style of living, achieving sustainable relief of acne from changes in diet alone remains an elusive goal. No matter what anti-acne diet you embark upon, while you may see a short-term reduction in acne while your body loses weight, symptoms are likely to return as your weight levels off. If your goal is to achieve completely clear skin, your time is likely much better spent effectively treating your skin than chasing any theoretical, yet unproven, diet. ...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, pangea organics 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several drug options: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter Benzoyl Peroxide Gel or cream is helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel or cream. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or differin (adapalene) gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral contraceptives (for older girls) and oral antibiotics are options also. These medications are all safe for teenagers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See dermatologist: Prior to seeing a dermatologist, i would suggest starting with over-the-counter acne regimen. Get proactiv line (benzyol peroxide based) or cetaphil oil control foamy wash(salicylic acid). You can get effaclar cream by la-roche possay at a pharmacy and try it. Be sure to use a moisturize since use of these products will significantly dry your skin out. ...Read more
I'm a teen with acne that is rather mild or less than mild but will i ever be able to have a clean and clear face?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does diet affect acne? No over-the-counter medications work for me, so should I start eating very healthy? I'm a teen.
Hi, I am a teen and currently suffering from acne, will suplementing with Creatine cause my acne to worsen or affect it in a negative way? Thanks
Creatine: I would advise you not to use it. It will not affect your acne, has no proven benefit and may have some issues. If you are trying to build your muscles, eat a healthy diet, exercise if you have no health issues. You body can make all the creatine it needs. Best to avoid, can also interfere with your blood work and some reports of various issues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Complex problem: It is best to first confirm the diagnosis. Avoidance of provoking food or alcohol us also a good first step. A variety of medications both topical and oral such as as Metrogel and Oracea are commonly prescribed as well. Other treatments such as Botox or ala/photodynamic therapy have also been used but are controversial and not fda approved. ...Read more