Treatments For Acne On Face

Donna asks…

What should I expect on my first dermatologist visit for acne?

My mom finally decided to take me to a dermatologist for my acne. I have acne on my face, any where on my body is clear and fine. I have moderate acne. What should I expect for my visit?

What questions should I ask?
What questions would my dermatologist ask me?
@keane
No I do not want to use acuutane. In my state you have to get a dermatologist to get any prescription. Don’t answer the question if you don’t know what you’re talking about.
@Michael B
You really didn’t answer my question. Like the last answer didn’t.

admin answers:

They’re not going to give you Accutane the first time you go there -.- I’d know, I’ve been ton dermatologist for acne multiple times a year for the past 2-3 years. The things these people are saying amazes me… They’ll only use Accutane as a last resort, because it’s a very powerful acne-fighting drug. They’ll start with things with the least risks and work their way up to the most, if it’s necessary.

They’re going to ask you questions like how long you’ve had your acne, how long it’s been as bad as it is, if you use or have used any over-the-counter products for it, if so what were they, how effective were they, how often do you wash your face, what do you wash it with and what have you used in the past to wash it… Oh, and they’ll probably ask you how old you are and how old you were when your acne started, if you have acne anywhere else besides the areas it is on your face, where does it tend t be the worst, etc. Things like that(: if they don’t ask your skin type it might be worth noting that to them, but they might already know just because they’re dermatologists and that’s what they do haha, but I’d mention it anyways. It can only help.

Things I’d ask them (it’s like 5 AM right now and I’m tired but just can’t seem to fall asleep :/ so I can’t really remember everything we’ve asked them, which is a lot of stuff, I’d have to think about that as my brain is sleep-deprived) are things like what he thinks is causing it (ex: hormones, poor hygiene, etc.), what kind of treatments or medications he/she can give you to treat it, how long it will take to see results with it, when you should come back for a re-visit to see how the products they gave you worked, etc. Once you start with those, more questions will come to you as you’re sitting there with them and they’re talking to you. New questions will just come to you when they say and explain things, that’s what happened with me and my mom and most other people(: Oh – other questions to ask would be about how effective other things you’ve seen for acne are, such as proactiv, etc. (if you haven’t used them and are curious about how well they work, and ask what other products like that they might recommend, if any) You could also ask that, if it’s hormonal, around what age does you usually “grow out of it”, and things like that.

They’re probably going to give you 1 or 2 topical creams at first to see how they do. If you get 2, one will likely be for morning and the other nighttime, but don’t worry because they’ll tell you everything about everything pretty much haha, especially the products they’re giving you and how to use them. The first time I ever went, I only got 1 topical treatment and it was called Atralin. That was before my acne was severe though, and I’m not saying that’s what you’ll get, I’m just trying to share some of my experiences to get you more acquainted with it before you go(:

That’s about all I can think of on my sleepy brain right now… I hope it helped you(: You’ll be really glad you started seeing a dermatologist now rather than later – the sooner the better! If they don’t fix it the first time, which honestly isn’t too common, then they will continue seeing you and trying everything to clear it up! Eventually it will work(:

Mandy asks…

Acne and oily skin: Can anybody actually get rid of it?

I’m a 24yr old male and I’ve been trying to get rid of acne, an oily face, zits, and all, but I’ve had no success. I’ve been to a dermatologist a couple times over the years, but I don’t think its helping. They give me the same cream and pills each time, which I don’t work at all, in fact I think it makes it worse.

Any hidden secrets or home remedies anyone knows of?

admin answers:

Cleanse daily, avoid washing away natural oils with soaps or washes, this causes skin to produce more oil than normal which clogs pores. I HIGHLY recommend Oil Cleansing Method (OCM), it doesn’t strip away natural oils so is healthy, reduces acne and heals scars. Mix half Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) to moisturize and half Castor Oil (CO) to cleanse, change mix as your skin changes, also try adding tea tree oil as it’s antibacterial. Massage mix into your face, then put a hot face cloth onto your face for at least 1 minute, this opens up pores letting the oil cleanse. Wipe off oil, any trace amounts of oil are absorbed so skin won’t be greasy. Http://www.moogoo.com.au/category13_1.htm Have your own face cloth and towel, keep them clean and dry to avoid bacteria growth which can cause spots. Moisturize daily, as long as it’s not greasy it won’t cause spots, but don’t be scared to use oils such as Bio Oil which will heal scars too, remember oil is actually good for your skin.

I personally use OCM on my skin, I suffer from acne, flaking skin and oily skin, the flaking skin stopped from day one using OCM, a week later I noticed my normally super-oily nose was as dry and soft as a babies backside, and after a short time using it my spots stopped and it healed up the scars I had on my chin from hormonal break-outs. I’ve known people with seriously bad acne use this and it works perfectly for them too even after years of all the other products out there not helping.

Once a week steam to open pores by putting your head under a towel over a bowl of hot water, but don’t do this during breakouts as it stimulates blood flow and oil glands which can make things worse. Exfoliate weekly to scrub off dead skin, use something with rounded beads as things such as apricot kernels have sharp edges which cause small cuts leading to spots. Another way to exfoliate is cosmetic vinegar which also promotes circulation, regulates skins pH and is antiseptic. Mix 500ml of apple cider vinegar, 3ml lavender essential oil, 3ml rosemary essential oil, 2ml rosewood essential oil, and 2 tablespoons glycerine. Place into a glass bottle, use as cleanser by adding 1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 cup of water. Try masks too, they are easy to make and there are many recipes online, see Make Your Own Cosmetics http://www.makeyourcosmetics.com or Pioneer Thinking http://www.pioneerthinking.com try this mask;

Strawberry acne mask;
Ingredients: ½ cup fresh strawberries, 1 egg white, 2 teaspoons of honey.
Mix together ingredients until smooth using a blender or a fork. To use spread over face and leave for 15 minutes, rinse off with cool water and pat dry. This one is good as strawberries are rich in salicylic acid which is commonly used in acne treatments, honey is also antibacterial.

Keep yourself healthy, diet is a big factor so make sure to get a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables as well as a lot of water, but avoid salty foods as iodine aggravates acne, try also a good multivitamin – vitamins A, B6, zinc and chromium help to clean up acne. Get plenty of exercise, sleep and stay stress-free. Pay particular attention to your skin during harsh weather when it is more prone to damage, also avoid agrivation from the sun by using plenty of sunscreen.

Ruth asks…

What product is best to use on acne on the face and chest?

My cousin is starting to see a bunch of red bumps on her chest and it cant be a reation from anything because she hasnt put anythinv on there. What should use for that and her mild face acne.

admin answers:

Apply orange peel paste on and around the pimples.
Apply garlic on and around the pimples to remove it without a mark.
Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin B and Vitamin E are the best nutrients to cure the acne. So take a balanced diet full of nutrients and vitamins.
Mix lime juice and rose water in equal proportion. Apply it on affected areas and allow it to dry for 10 minutes.

Even after the treatment, acne leaves scars. Excellent home remedies to remove acne scars are listed here. Follow these tips to get rid of the acne scars.

Rub ice cubes on face for 10 minutes to tighten the pores.
Cucumber juice can also be used to tighten the pores. Apply it and allow it to dry for 10 minute

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