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What Prevents 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A common human skin disease characterized by areas of scaly red skin (seborrhea) with blackheads/whiteheads (comedones) , pinheads (papules), large papules (nodules), pimples & possibly scarring. Occurs mostly on face, upper chest & back. Treated with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic ...Read more
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
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
Fresh razor and..: Using one of the razors that have built in moisturizing strips, making sure you lubricate skin a lot before shaving and always using a new razor are all things that will help with razor induced acne. Make sure you rinse area well after shaving and moisturize after as well. The irritation after shaving is often what induces the acne after shaving, so pampering the skin is essential. ...Read more
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
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
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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