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What should I look for in an over-the-counter acne treatment?

What should I look for in an over-the-counter acne treatment?

OTC Acne meds: Something that smells good, works well and is portable. A bit of color is an additional plus so you can treat and camouflage at the same time! salicylic acid and low percentage benzoyl peroxide are common ingredients. ...Read more

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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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What can help treat back, buttocks, and back of the thigh acne? I've tried over-the-counter body acne treatment with no luck.

What can help treat back, buttocks, and back of the thigh acne?  I've tried over-the-counter body acne treatment with no luck.

Acne vs folliculitis: It's important to distinguish whether you have acne or folliculitis. If it is folliculitis, to determine if it is pityrosporum folliculitis. Treatment depends on the diagnosis. If you are certain it is acne, use otc 10% benzoyl peroxide wash daily, leave on for 5 minutes before rinsing off. If it doesn't improve, see your dermatologist for a definitive diagnosis and rx treatment. ...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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What is the most effective over-the-counter treatment plan for controlling acne while healing minor acne scars & hyperpigmentation?

What is the most effective over-the-counter treatment plan for controlling acne while healing minor acne scars & hyperpigmentation?

Benzoyl peroxide: It will slow new lesions but won't touch scars or hyperpigmentation. It is also only moderately effective. Nothing else over-the-counter works. Get with your physician -- despite our dysfunctional health care system, it's your best choice. ...Read more

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Can over-the-counter acne treatments expire? Like 4 months. Is it still good to use?

Can over-the-counter acne treatments expire? Like 4 months. Is it still good to use?

Yes, use it: Medication manufacturers are required to put expiration dates on their products but that doesn't mean the drug stops working immediately after that date. If medications are stored properly there is still residual effect left in them. I would not recommend using significantly outdated medications but that is not a problem in this case. ...Read more

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Using an over-the-counter blue/red light therapy mask for acne, 15 min daily, my insomnia has worsened, it is possible its the light therapy?

Using an over-the-counter blue/red light therapy mask for acne, 15 min daily, my insomnia has worsened, it is possible its the light therapy?

Poor choice: Phototherapy is at best an adjunct for acne. You deserve better. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician who can add prescription-strength therapy. Acne is a serious chronic illness that needs to be treated aggressively; having visible acne as an adult is a sign of poor self-care. Wishing you the best. ...Read more

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What is a good acne treatment system?

What is a good  acne treatment system?

Mild Acne: Many previously prescribed acne medications are now available over the counter. For mild facial acne, topical benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and retinol are beneficial. ...Read more

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What can I do for adult acne treatment?

What can I do for adult acne treatment?

Seek cause: Adults whose acne flares need to have cushing's and other hormonal disturbances ruled out. Beyond this, it's as for anyone. If topical benzoyl peroxide fails, a well-informed physician can manage all but the most severe cases in the primary care setting. ...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