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How to prevent acne?

How to prevent acne?

Treat it: We do not "prevent" acne. But we are very good at treating and controlling it. A dermatologist will help you. ...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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How do I prevent acne?

How do I prevent acne?

See below: Accurate diary of food intake. Lowering sugary and starchy foods will lead to improvement. Inflammation caused by food is number one cause. Of course keeping your skin clean has a positive effect. ...Read more

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How i can prevent acne?

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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How can I prevent facial acne?

How can I prevent facial acne?

Scientific Rx: Acne is a chronic, non-lifestyle-related, non-hygiene-related, recurrent, serious disease that eventually self-cures. Until then, if you think you are prone to an outbreak, use a salicylic-acid based wash or topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated. Ignore "pop" ideas and advice. ...Read more

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What are some steps to prevent acne?

What are some steps to prevent acne?

Different options: For over the counter methods try using products that have benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alcohol, and acetone. For prescription treatments you may be prescribed antibiotics, retinoids or vitamin a derivatives, azelaic acid, oral contraceptives, or spironolactone. Always ask a dermatologist about the possible affects and the risks vs benefits of each treatment. Make sure it's best for you. ...Read more

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Are there natural ways to prevent acne?

Are there natural ways to prevent acne?

No: Despite anecdotes and ads, no "holistic" remedy helps much. I start with topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative. If needed after a few weeks, consider adding an oral antibiotic such as Erythromycin or tetracycline / Minocycline as suitable for the individual. Dermatologists have the big guns -- accutane, lasers. Freedom from acne should be a person's right. Good luck. ...Read more

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Easiest way to remove and prevent acne?

Easiest way to remove and prevent acne?

Not an easy answer: Maybe "choose your parents wisely?" also take dairy out of diet. ...Read more

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How can you prevent acne after its gone?

How can you prevent acne after its gone?

Chronic disease: Often a low dose of maintenance tetracycline by mouth is enough to manage it without the inconvenience of applying topical agents daily. Your physician is your guide here. ...Read more

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Can a good diet really help prevent acne?

No: I was surprised too, but the controlled studies all seem to agree over the past decades. All acne's treatable nowadays by scientific methods. ...Read more

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How can you remove and prevent acne problem?

How can you remove and prevent acne problem?

Scientific Rx: Benzoyl peroxide for starters. If not sufficient, topical Clindamycin and/or a topical retinoic acid derivative the latter especially if there are a lot of blackheads. Next step for a lady is the oral contraceptive pill if it is right for her. Then a systemic antibiotic right for the person. The big guns is accutae, not pleasant cheap or without risks but hugely effective and very much worth it. ...Read more

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What can you do to prevent acne from coming?

Maintenance: Scientific treatment can keep acne at bay quite well. Your personal physician can manage this; one regimen is a mild topical rx plus a low dose of a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline. Remember that acne is not a lifestyle or hygiene problem. Good health measures such as a cheap vitamin-and-mineral supplement may be of some help. ...Read more

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What causes body acne and how can I prevent it?

What causes body acne and how can I prevent it?

Not preventable: It's manageable. You'll need both a topical agent such as benozyl peroxide or retinoic acid, and prescription-strength meds, probably oral, such as oral tetracycline, spironolactone, or the oral contraceptive pill. Acne is a major liability unrelated to lifestyle, diet, or anything else under your control. As an adult, you'll need to work with your physician to clear it up. Best wishes ...Read more

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What is the best way to prevent and treat acne?

What is the best way to prevent and treat acne?

Individual program: Acne is very complex and treatment highly variable. Important to find a good dermatologist who's willing to work with you to understand what works best on your particular skin. There is no one method that works on everyone. There's a lot of trial and error involved. Also your skin changes thru out your life which will then require different treatments. ...Read more

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How do I prevent acne without spending to much?

How do I prevent acne without spending to much?

OTCs help some: The best you can do with over the counter products is a cleanser with 3% salicylic acid or 10% benzoyl peroxide. Of find both and alternate days. Acne is difficult to treat...Get help from a doc with experience and be patient. You may need a lot more than cleansers to fix acne. Combination treatments including bcp, antibiotics, diet, etc may all be required. Severe cases need more. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is there any food that can help to prevent acne?

Is there any food that can help to prevent acne?

Low Glycemic Index: There is some evidence that foods with a high glycemic index (foods that cause one's blood sugar to spike quickly) have a harmful effect on promoting acne. Therefore, choosing low glycemic index foods may be helpful in treating/preventing acne. Also, using organic dairy products may also help as they do not contain the many hormones used to make cows produce more milk. ...Read more

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How can you prevent body acne during the summer?

Scientific Rx: Your physician may offer you a low maintenance dose of tetracycline. Topical benzoyl peroxide is the only rx you can get yourself that works. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to prevent acne from shaving?

Salicylic acid: If you acne flares from shaving, a salicylic acid based wash may be all you need. If the pimples are around the hairs, you may have folliculitis of the beard instead; this is worth discussing with your personal physician. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what could you do to prevent acne?

Can you tell me what could you do to prevent acne?

Benzoyl peroxide: Don't try too hard to identify anything in your diet. Lifestyle and hygiene have little or nothing to do with acne. Topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated is your best friend until you eventually outgrow you acne. Best wishes. ...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