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What is the most effective over-the-counter treatment plan for controlling acne while healing minor acne scars & hyperpigmentation?

What is the most effective over-the-counter treatment plan for controlling acne while healing minor acne scars & hyperpigmentation?

Benzoyl peroxide: It will slow new lesions but won't touch scars or hyperpigmentation. It is also only moderately effective. Nothing else over-the-counter works. Get with your physician -- despite our dysfunctional health care system, it's your best choice. ...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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Please describe the top acne treatments?

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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Is the no7 micro-dermabrasion exfoliator effective for acne and acne scarring?

Is the no7 micro-dermabrasion exfoliator effective for acne and acne scarring?

Microdermabrasion: Over the counter microdermabrasion kits can be helpful for weekly use, but a microdermabrasion performed in office will be the most effective as this also has suction. ...Read more

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Effective over-the-counter medicine for acne bumps?

Effective over-the-counter medicine for acne bumps?

AHA, BHA, BPO: Glycolic acid (aha, Alpha hydroxy acid), salicylic acid (bha, beta salicylic acid), lactic acid, urea, tea tree oil, benzoyl peroxide can all help with acne bumps. ...Read more

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Are laser treatments effective on widespread chronic pain?

Are laser treatments effective on widespread chronic pain?

No: Laser treatment works occasionally on small targeted areas. Widespread chronic pain does not respond to laser. Though pain rx are important in pain therapy, there needs to be some type of psychological counseling to lessen overall pain and to help the individual deal with the pain. ...Read more

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How effective is proactive on healing acne scars and skin conditions?

How effective is proactive on healing acne scars and skin conditions?

Derm evaluation: Proactiv is topical dermatologic treatments based around salicylic acid, which is a known treatment for acne. Proactiv really has an effective marketing scheme, but it may not be the best treat for all skin conditions. I would seriously suggest a consultation with a dermatologist before starting any skin therapy and learn about all the options. ...Read more

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What kind of treatments are effective in relieving acne scars?

What kind of treatments are effective in relieving acne scars?

Depends on the scars: There are multiple types of scars from acne, from discoloration to ice pick scars or demples in the skin. Treatment depends on the type of scar and the patients skin type, for example how much pigment you have. Treatments can range from chemical peels and topical creams laser to or dermabrasion. ...Read more

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Is laser acne removal effective on acne or only on older scars?

Is laser acne removal effective on acne or only on older scars?

On scars: It is not effective for active acne , and except for the aesthera laser potentially harmful. It is great for other acne scars, especially the mixto fractional which has won the aesthetic award last two years in a row for acne scar removal.! ...Read more

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Suffering from hormonal acne back of neck, jaw, chest, and cheeks. Best non-Rx treatment? Currently using shea butter and tea tree oil, mild relief.

Suffering from hormonal acne back of neck, jaw, chest, and cheeks. Best non-Rx treatment? Currently using shea butter and tea tree oil, mild relief.

See below: Please consult this site for effective home remedies for Acne:
http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-vulgaris-home-treatment
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
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Is Proactiv really good for acne on chin and forehead? Those are my problem areas and very noticeable blackheads. Tried many over-the-counter product

Is Proactiv really good for acne on chin and forehead? Those are my problem areas and very noticeable blackheads. Tried many over-the-counter product

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

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Which facial creams for acne and blackheads are considered effective?

Scientific Rx: With a lot of blackheads / comedones, you're best get with your personal physician now. The best rx to start with is probably a topical retinoic acid derivative. ...Read more

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Which acne treatments work the best?

Which acne treatments work the best?

Topicals or laser : Laser acne treatments are extremely effective and work well in combination with medical grade topicals. ...Read more

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For acne spot treatment which one is safer & better? Salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide?

For acne spot treatment which one is safer & better? Salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide?

Not for spots: Use them on a regular basis to prevent new lesions. If this isn't working, get with your physician. You also need to know that enjoying your own body is not a health problem. Wishing you the best. ...Read more

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Is renova (tretinoin) cream effective in treating pimples and dark spots on the face?

Is renova (tretinoin) cream effective in treating pimples and dark spots on the face?

Yes and no: Renova (tretinoin) is tretenoin isis for acne both pimples and blackheads and whiteheads. It is also used to treat fine wrinkles. It does not do much for dark spots. Theoretically if the spot is superficial and it is used for a long time it might peel away at the spot to help some but don't hold your breath. ...Read more

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What's the best acne treatment, besides proactive, for sensitive skin?

What's the best acne treatment, besides proactive, for sensitive skin?

Pick ingredients: Most over the counter acne products have the same few active ingredients, anything with salicylic acid is likley going to help, 2% is probably best for most. 10% glycolic acid washes can be helpful. Benzoyl peroxide washes can be great for acne, but hard on your skin, ie drying, redness etc. If you are having problems controlling acne, call your family doc! pick any non-comedogenic moisturizer. ...Read more

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Which are the best medical creams for removing acne and acne spots?

Which are the best medical creams for removing acne and acne spots?

Benzoyl peroxide: This or retinoic acid are the mainstay of acne treatment. If they do not clear you, as happens maybe 50% of the time, your physician can add something that will. ...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