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How come nothing I use clears up my acne?

How come nothing I use clears up my acne?

Don't give up: Acne can be frustrating to treat. However, usually we can find a treatment regimen to help most patients. See a dermatologist, who can help determine what treatment(s) might be best for you. Bring a list of all the things you've tried, along with doses and how long you tried them. If you've been under the care of a dermatologist, be sure they know you aren't better. Can consider a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne 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 face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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Nothing clears my acne. What do you recommend?

Nothing clears my acne. What do you recommend?

May need more than: over the counter products. Recommend dermatological evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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I have got acne and it clears up a little bit and then comes back. No home remedies help. What to do?

I have got acne and it clears up a little bit and then comes back. No home remedies help. What to do?

Serious Rx: In your situation, apply topical benzoyl peroxide once daily. If this does not keep you clear, use it as tolerated. If you are not clear after two more weeks, get with your personal physician for prescription-strength rx. ...Read more

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Please help me I have been having acne for about 5 years that clears sometimes and again comes back.. What should I do?

Please help me I have been having acne for about 5 years that clears sometimes and again comes back.. What should I do?

Serious Rx: Daily application of topical benzoyl peroxide usually keeps occasional acne at bay. If it doesn't, or if your trunk is involved, see your personal physician for prescription-strength rx. ...Read more

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Is there anything that clears acne or any dark spots?

Is there anything that clears acne or any dark spots?

Hyperpigmentation: Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation is a common sequelae of inflammatory dermatoses that tends to affect darker skinned patients with greater frequency and severity. First-line therapy typically consists of topical depigmenting agents in addition to photoprotection including a sunscreen. Topical tyrosinase inhibitors, such as hydroquinone, azelaic acid, kojic acid, arbutin, and others. ...Read more

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What can be the underlaying problem of my daughter having acne recurring after her skin clears up?

What can be the underlaying problem of my daughter having acne recurring after her skin clears up?

She's young: Acne is not curable, but tends to go away some after the hormonal surge of the teens and twenties. If the oral contraceptive pill is appropriate for and desired by her, it can make acne remit, or she deserves some scientific rx that actually works. Consider topical Clindamycin along with whatever's worked so far, move further only if required. Glad you're a caring mother, good luck. ...Read more

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I wash my face with soap it clears..But in a half an hour again my face looks oily. How to control my acne?

I wash my face with soap it clears..But in a half an hour again my face looks oily. How to control my acne?

Oil isn't the key: Apply topical benzoyl peroxide, strength and frequency as tolerated. If you are not clear in two weeks, phone your physician who can add something that will clear you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what ingredient in the pill that clears up acne?

Can any doc tell me what ingredient in the pill that clears up acne?

Hormones: Any of a variety of hormones in the oral contraceptive pill suppress FSH and LH from the pituitary gland that would otherwise produce other hormones in you that can make acne flare. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more