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What are some of the best over-the-counter acne products that you recommend?

What are some of the best over-the-counter acne products that you recommend?

Benzoyl peroxide: For treatment of acne, any brand of over-the-counter Benzoyl Peroxide Gel or cream is quite helpful. An acne "wash" is not needed. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel or cream such as Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) gel. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or differin gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral antibiotics such as tetracycline can be used also. ...Read more

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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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What is the best over-the-counter body wash for oily skin and body acne?

What is the best over-the-counter body wash for oily skin and body acne?

What I Recommend: Neutrogena body clear body wash twice daily. After wash, alternate neutrogena body clear body spray with a 10% Alpha hydroxy acid moisturizer (acne.Org has a good one). Good hygiene is also important, so make sure you shower and change clothes right away after a work-out. The degree of body acne can vary, if its irritated or severe you may need to see a doctor for a more thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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What's the best Over The Counter treatment for Acne (oily skin)?

What's the best Over The Counter treatment for Acne (oily skin)?

Acne: Hi RizchaP, There are several commercially available products but generally, good skin hygiene includes washing frequently with a mild soap and drying. Ointments containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid (which is the active ingredient of aspirin). ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter treatment for old acne scars?

What is the best over-the-counter treatment for old acne scars?

Nothing will work: I'm really sorry your acne was neglected and you had scarring. If you still have active disease, get it managed by a competent physician. Unlike in the past, you're now basically an adult and can pick up the telephone and schedule an appointment. Until you get seen, use benzoyl peroxide as tolerated. Your scars can be managed with filler, laser, or microsurgery if you wish. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the best acne cream to buy over the counter?

Can you tell me about the best acne cream to buy over the counter?

Benzoyl peroxide: It is your best friend. Use as tolerated. If you're not clear in two weeks, you will need prescription-strength rx. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat systic acne? I have tried over-the-counter solutions and percriptions, even no make up. Nothing has helped.

What is the best way to treat systic acne? I have tried over-the-counter solutions and percriptions, even no make up. Nothing has helped.

Strong Rx: Even oral Doxycycline will not clear cystic acne, and although the oral contraceptive pill sometimes works, i see that in your case it has not. It's time to hunker down and ask yourself whether you are willing to make a trial of Isotretinoin if a dermatologist offers it to you. It is not totally safe, and it is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Get seen and discuss this option forthrightly. ...Read more

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What's the best medication over-the-counter for acne blemishes/scar removal?

What's the best medication over-the-counter for acne blemishes/scar removal?

OTC acne products: Typically if your scars do not recede in a few months you should invest in physician grade products that can help improve your acne and prevent scarring. Alpha hydroxy's and Retin-A can help exfoliate your skin, hydroquinone can help lighten scars; and if more severe you may needs peels or lasers to even out the scars. Good diet, water, vitamin d and b can help the skin heal. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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