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Fading creams: The gold standard for lightening dark marks is hydroquinone. You can purchase fading creams that contain 2-3% hydroquinone without a prescription (ambi, atra, porcelana, nadinola, to name a few). You should also be careful to protect your skin with sunscreen, as sun will make dark marks darker. Stronger prescription fading creams and chemical peels exist. Pitted scars require laser resurfacing. ...Read more
Acne treatment no Rx: Acne can be prevented or minimized by using a gentle cleanser twice daily, over the counter benzoyl peroxide, hydroxy acids or salicylic acid products followed by a noncomedogenic moisturizer such as Cetaphil, Ceravue or similar. If these regimes are not resulting in improvement after 4-8 weeks, consultation with a dermatologist may be in order. ...Read more
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
Daily care + diet: Acne can be the result of different hormone imbalances. Medicines that help to stabilize the hormones of teenagers and of peri menopausal women have the same mechanism and can be considered. Excessive oil can lead to acne and may be diet related. Blackheads can result from constricted pores with dirt present and can be diminished by warmth when cleansing. Scarring increases with inflammation. ...Read more
Scientific Rx: If you are male and still have acne while on benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin, your physician may try a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day. Or if this is deep / cystic / severe acne, it may be time to consider accutane. For the scars, a dermatologist can abrade, fill, operate and/or laser; your choice, but note the hollywood stars who keep their scars for character. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Terrible idea: This is a glucocorticoid and will give the bacteria that cause acne a growth advantage. This is one of the worst things you can do for acne. This is serious business, not something for home remedies using prescription-strength medications. Please get with a competent physician for guidance. ...Read more
Acne: Best idea is to have your doctor refer you to a Dermatologist. ...Read more
Yes & No: There are two types of acne scars. Craters and ice-pick. The ice-pick scar has sharp borders whereas the crater has smoother borders. Ice-pick variety of scars have to be excised and can be done quite easily with small punch biopsies. The crater variety can be helped with multiple sessions of microdermabrasion. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bad idea: Nothing you can do at home will help with the scars. Topical benzoyl peroxide in a strength and frequency you can tolerate is your best rx; if you're not clear of new lesions in two weeks, get with your personal physician. If you ended with acne scars because your parents are 'natural healing' buffs, you have my sympathy. Take charge and demand effective treatment. ...Read more
Many options: Scars mature and can continue to improve for up to a year. They are sun-sensitive and may become hyperpigmented with sun exposure. The best way to treat a scar depends on the scar. Options include silicone gel, silicone sheeting, use of filler (for spot or crater-like scars), laser therapy, hydroquinone, dermabrasion, or kenalog (triamcinolone) injection, or surgical scar revision. See your plastic surgeon. ...Read more
Acne treatments: Acne treatment depends on the severity. Mild acne can be treated with good skin care products such as Retin-A and topical benzoyl peroxide. Moderate acne can add topical antibiotic as well as peels and lasers. Severe acne may need short term antibiotics, retin-a, topical antibiotics, ala and laser followed by resurfacing for scars and or accutane. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hyperpig/IPL: Maybe best to see dermatologist in person to evaluation the hyperpigmemtation issues. ...Read more
It may: Kojic acid is an agent that helps to decrease darkly pigmented areas. Retin a (tretinoin) along with the kojic acid can augment the effectiveness in reducing areas of hyper pigmentation. Remember to practice safe sun exposure by always wearing a good sunscreen to prevent further pigmentation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Here are some...: Since Fordyce spots are ectopic sebaceous glands which have no connection with outside like those of hair follicles and Epiduo is for mild to moderate acne with mediocre effect. Therefore, topical agent would not rid Fordyce spots as wished; instead, they stay forever and require no Rx if mentally sound with them. More? Ask your doctor timely. ...Read more
My topical treatment seems to work on the spots I treat, but I keep getting new acne blemishes. What should I do?
Nothing: Please forgive me. Trying to bleach each little dark spot will be frustrating, largely ineffective, potentially disfiguring, and cause you to spend too much time looking at your face when most people care more about how fit you are, how you move, what you have to say, what you can do well, and how you treat others. Leave them alone. They'll fade over the months. ...Read more
Pangea organics: I recommend the discovery kit for oily skin for only $34 and free shipping until labor day. The high antioxidant content found in these certified organic botanical products (not dangerous chemicals) supports collagen retention, helps stimulate micro-circulation, gently purifies, brightens skin tone and helps prevent discoloration and moisture loss. http://bit.ly/146axow. ...Read more
Im27yr.and still have acne spots on face what are the causes and what is the best treatment?best regard.
Pores Clog: Acne appears when a pore in your skin gets clogged. Normally dead cells rise to the surface, but sometimes sebum ( an oil that keeps skin from drying out) can cause the dead skin cells to stick together inside the pore becoming trapped. Sometimes bacteria that live on the skin get trapped in the pore. The pore becomes inflamed and a pimple. cyst or nodule results. Check on Prime for treatment! ...Read more
Acne: Its ok to mix brands, but be careful, you may dry out your skin because many will have the same chemical ingredients in them. ...Read more
See doctor: Your doctor can detemine what type of cream and spot treatment that is best for you., because it is depend on your skin type and the presentation of the comedones. ...Read more
Is aczone supposed to be used for spot treatment or for all affected areas? Will it help with acne scarring?
For all areas: After cleaning your face and hands, rub a small thin layer for all the affected areas. This medication is generally for clearing up acne and may possibly reduce the likelihood of developing future acne scars, but it won’t help reduce the appearance of current scars. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Acne scar treatments: A variety of approaches are necessary to improve not remove acne scars. Specific therapy is dependent on the type of scars and skin type. Potential therapies include subcision, cross tca, medical roll cit, dermabrasion, laser and other treatments, including prp. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes it is safe: Yes it is safe and can be used depending on the severity and comes in different strengths, along with other therapies if needed. ...Read more
I have acne for 3 yrs & wanna know that can I use 5% benzoyl peroxide as a spot treatment.. Wht r d side effect using b.P. As a spot treatment?
Treat it seriously: Forget "spot treatments." if you're serious about your health, you want to prevent new lesions. For this, use your benzoyl peroxide twice a day, over every affected area. If you're not clear in two weeks, get with your physician. You owe it to yourself to do this. Best wishes. ...Read more
I have mild acne & wanna know can I use 5% benzoyl peroxide gel as spot treatment? How much it is safe 2 use b.P. As a spot treatment? Or any tips?
Spot treatment: Spot treatment is fine. If and when face gets too red or dry apply moisturizer and stop the benzoyl treatment for a few days. ...Read more
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
Can i use retin-a all over my face or just as a spot treatment? I have oily acne prone skin and my face full of milia
I have oily, sensitive and acne prone skin. I currently use a 10% benzoyl peroxide spot treatment - can you recommend a different treatment?
Hard stuff: Spot treatment is going to lead to frustration and disappointment. Get with your personal physician. Your next step may be adding a topical retinoic acid derivative, or moving to benzoyl peroxide over all affecte areas as tolerated plus a short course of an antibiotic, topical spironolactone, or something similar. ...Read more
My doctor prescribe me the steroid cream clobetasol propionate to use has a spot treatment for cystic acne on my face and neck is this safe to use ?
Clobetasol Cream: No. Not only is clobetasol cream not an anti-acne cream, but it's way too strong to be used on the face, even when being used for the indicated conditions of eczema and psoriasis. Common topical medications used on the face are epiduo, or ziana, or acanya or retin a (tretinoin) which are all prescription. ...Read more
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