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What Are Some Contraindications For Benzoyl Peroxide
Are there any home remedies for treating acne? Or is it most effective to treat with OTC products such as; clean & clear, stridex, clearasil, (benzoyl peroxide) etc?
Acne: Home remedies i don't know. Medically you have to know first whether acne is mild, moderate or severe. If mild and moderate use stridex in am and clearsil in pm. If acne is cystic, nodular or recalcitrant, please see dermatologist for other options. Thanks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acne in Pregnancy: Erythromycin (erygel) is often the drug of choice for pregnancy acne. Azelaic acid (azelex, finacea) may be another option. Both medications are typically applied to the skin as a lotion or gel and are available by prescription. Both are category b meaning they are safe in the 2-3 trimester. ...Read more
Antibiotics,accutane: Antibiotics are often used to treat acne. Tetracycline, minocycline, dand Doxycycline have been used for decades in the treatment of acne. In resistant cases dermatologists will use other snitbiotics .If antibiotics fail accutane, a vitamin derivitative drug is used but must be carefully monitored to prevent birth defects and other potential side effects by a doctor registered to use accutane. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you suggest any alternative acne treatment for people who cannot use benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid?
Retin A, (tretinoin)ANTIBIOTICS;: Those patients who can not use benzyl peroxide or salicylic acid, can be treated with retin a (tretinoin) cream and topical antibiotics like Erythromycin or clindamycine. Other alternative therapies which may be effective are manuka honey te tree oil brewers yeast bittersweet night shade some of these have been approved in europe.But discuss with your doctor or dermatologist what is best for you. ...Read more
I use tretinoin and benzoyl peroxide for adult acne but they are drying out my skin. Should i replace benzoyl with topical erythromycin?
Add moisiturizer: I would not get rid of the benzoyl peroxide - that is really a base staple to acne treatment. Instead, i would focus more on adding moisturizers to your regimen at least twice a day. Use unscented ones and ones with a sunscreen built in to provide extra protection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hydroquinone: These bleaches should be used sparingly if at all. You'll do better if you're able to manage your acne, either with topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated or supplemented with your physician's prescription rx. Redness after acne ins't treatable; hyperpigmentation fades over weeks to a few months. ...Read more
No: If the "natural"remedies worked there'd be no acne. In fact, the acne soap that you buy doesn't work well. I hope that what somebody's told you about "natural" being better isn't preventing you from getting scientific rx for your acne. All acne can be controlled and being an 18 year old man is hard enough without misinformation preventing you from getting a clear complexion. All acne's manageable. ...Read more
Good choice: Benzoyl peroxide is the best over-the-counter acne medication and Clindamycin is a favorite topical prescription medicine that works well. Having them packaged together is convenient and this is a good choice to start treatment of moderately severe acne. If there are many blackheads, a retinoic acid derivative may be helpful as well. Good luck, glad you're getting rx that should work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Neutrogena: Neutrogena is a skin care company with numerous products. Cleansers, moisturizers and toners that contain salicylic acid may help exfoliate skin preventing pore clogging and more acne. Neutrogena makes good products and there are other companies that make similarly good products. Prescription medications are usually more effective than otc products. ...Read more
For mild hemorrhoid, what other effective prescription or OTC medicines you recommend for your patients that are not steroid based medicine. Thanks
Considerations...: "healing" depends on whether the original cause for hemorrhoids persists. Have you been straining at stool, have rectal dysfunction, perform an activity that increases pelvic engorgement with blood or increases pelvic pressure (heavy lifting, prolonged sitting, etc.)? Have your hemorrhoids been surgically or medically managed (& with otc or prescription drugs)? Are you sure they're hemorrhoids? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ones that work: Being a teen is hard enough without acne, and a teen has a right to something that works better than slick-packaged benzoyl peroxide. I start teens on topical Clindamycin with or without retinoic acid, and move to stronger stuff, including a systemic antibiotic, if it fails. For the really hard cases, dermatologist have the big guns. Junior deserves the best. Good luck. ...Read more
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