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What should I look for in an over-the-counter skin care product?

What should I look for in an over-the-counter skin care product?

Depends: Depends on what your skin care needs are... Do you have problems with acne? Dry skin? In general, products that are fragrance-free and lack unnecessary ingredients are preferred. Some safe choices are cerave & cetaphil products. You should see your physician or be evaluated by a dermatologist for more specific recommendations given your skin type. ...Read more

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What should I look for in an anti-aging skin product?

What should I look for in an anti-aging skin product?

A C and E: Different forms of vitamin a include retinoids, retinol and retin a (tretinoin). These are related compounds that have proven collagen boosting effects. The products available over the counter usually do not contain enough active ingredient to be very effective. Vitamin c also has collagen boosting effects and powerful antioxidant effects. Vitamin e is another great antioxidant. ...Read more

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What ingredients should I look for in a skin care product?

What ingredients should I look for in a skin care product?

Pangea Organics: I recommend pangea organics. They have excellent product for sensitive skin including the egyptian calendula with blood orange facial cleanser, french rosemary with sweet orange facial toner, and italian red mandarin with rose facial cream. These offer carefully selected bio available ingredients that provide superior hydration in addition to anti aging, antioxidant, smoothing ; calming benefits. ...Read more

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What should I look for in natural skin care products?

What should I look for in natural skin care products?

Go natural: Try pangea products. They are plant based (not weird chemicals), organic, vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free and fairtrade. The high antioxidant content found in these products supports collagen retention, helps stimulate micro-circulation, gently purifies, brightens skin tone and helps prevent discoloration and moisture loss. http://www.pangeaorganics.com/buffalo. ...Read more

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

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

See below: Unfortunately, no over-the-counter nail fungus treatments available have actually been proven effective in peer-reviewed studies. ...Read more

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What should I look for in an OTC psoriasis shampoo?

What should I look for in an OTC psoriasis shampoo?

Sal acid and Tar: Psoriatic scalp often is also colonized by a common yeast called pityrosporum ovale, which is the same yeast that causes dandruff. Treatment involves controlling yeast proliferation and exfoliating. Otc shampoos for dandruff generally helps with psoriasis as well such as head and shoulder, neutrogena t-gel, neutrogena t-sal, dhs, or Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoos. ...Read more

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What are the best creams for diper rash that I can find at the store?

What are the best creams for diper rash that I can find at the store?

Find rash cause: I would try to find the cause of the rash first. Type of diapers, wipes, scented creams, soaps? With that said, find a cream with the least ingredients possible and that creates a good skin barrier. Any cream that contains zinc oxide will provide a good barrier. Also let your infants diaper area air dry and avoid using wipes. Cleanse the diaper area with warm water and a gentle soap. ...Read more

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As a doctor do you recommend your patient to use cream hair removal on the face and what kind of words or ingredient I look for the best cream thanks?

As a doctor do you recommend your patient  to use cream hair removal on the face and what kind of words or ingredient I look for the best cream thanks?

Creams can be irrita: Facial hair is best treated with electrolysis if you want it to be permanent. Facial creams can be irritating and cause other facial problems. I would not recommend a cream for this purpose. A question would be, why do you have facial hair. Does it need to be investigated further? There may be an underlying problem with your hormones. This would require different treatment. Further history is req ...Read more

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I would just like to know of an excellent over the counter cream or creams that would help with the case of dermatitis on my legs/ankle. Thank you.

I would just like to know of an excellent over the counter cream or creams that would help with the case of dermatitis on my legs/ankle. Thank you.

No such thing: as excellent cream for dermatitis OTC, dermatitis cause need to be sorted out first, kindly see a dermatologist or start with your primary doctor, good luck ...Read more

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What over-the-counter medicine can be used for treatment of scabies for body and furniture? What do they look like on your skin?

What over-the-counter medicine can be used for treatment of scabies for body and furniture? What do they look like on your skin?

There are none: Scabies mites cannot be killed by over-the-counter meds. Prescriptions include: Permethrin cream 5%, crotamiton 10%, lindane 1%, sulfur ointment 5-10%, and oral ivernectin pills (off-label). The mites burrow under the skin, and look like small red raised bumps. Clothing and bedding from 2-3da before treatment should be washer in hot soapy water, dried in hot drier; or placed in airtight bag x 7da. ...Read more

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What cream should I use to lighten up the color of my skin is there any brand you would recommend?

Hydroquinone: Hydroquinone is the active ingredient in most creams that are effective in lightening skin. There are numerous otc products, but most are of limited efficacy. Prescription hydroquinone creams work better. The highest safe strength is 4% - above that, paradoxical skin *darkening* has been reported. Insurance won't cover lightening creams because they are not considered "medically necessary.". ...Read more

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I have ringworm of the skin. Ive used over-the-counter topicals and it is continuing to spread. Would you suggest an oral prescription?

I have ringworm of the skin. Ive used over-the-counter topicals and it is continuing to spread. Would you suggest an oral prescription?

Tinea corporis: Tinea corporis is the medical term for ringworm. Athlete's foot, Men's Jock itch are also caused by the same fungal types. The infection likely runs too deep for the topicals to penetrate. Oral medications like fluconazole, terbinafine or itraconazole work really well. Your doctor should monitor your liver during treatment and you should be pregnant or breast-feeding while taking any of this. ...Read more

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What is the cream for ringworm that i can get it over-the-counter my son is only 8 yrs. Old and have this ringworm... Looking for a cream that i can buy from the pharmacy without any prescription....

What is the cream for ringworm that i can get it over-the-counter my son is only 8 yrs. Old and have this ringworm... Looking for a cream that i can buy from the pharmacy without any prescription....

Clotrimazole : Clotrimazole is the generic name for the over the counter cream that treats ringworm. Apply 2-3 times a day for a few weeks until the lesion disappears completely and then some. Keep it covered for the first day of treatment (or longer if you want to) to prevent spread. Your child will need to see his doctor for a stronger medication if the ringworm is on his scalp, continues to spread after treatment at home or if it doesn't get better after 4 weeks of treatment at home. Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read more

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Where can I get a quality over the counter retin a (tretinoin) cream? What's the best way to build collagen?

Where can I get a quality over the counter retin a (tretinoin) cream? What's the best way to build collagen?

Yes: Retinol, a form of vitamin a, is found in many otc products. Your local pharmacist can suggest a product but l'oreal, neutrogena, and oil of olay all make nice products with retinol. After you have a chance to try one of the products you can get stronger levels and a good skin care regimen from a dermatologist or facial plastic surgeon. Deeper lines may require fillers or laser for more results. ...Read more

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I am 99% sure I have pink eye. With no time or access to a doctor, what is the best eye drops or cream to get over the counter?

I am 99% sure I have pink eye. With no time or access to a doctor, what is the best eye drops or cream to get over the counter?

Tears : Pink eye typically refers to viral conjunctivitis. It usually affects both eyes and because it is due to a virus, is treated symptomatically with otc preservative-free artificial tears. Problem is that this cannot be self- diagnosed. There are many causes of a red eye, some of which can be quite serious. You need to see an eye md for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more