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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Acne Treatments While Pregnant

Jenny asks…

Why do you get acne when pregnant?

I’ve never had an acne problem and now that I am almost 7 weeks pregnant I have been noticing every day I break out more! Why does this happen? Does it have to do with the sex of the baby? What can I do to prevent it? Please help, thank you

admin answers:

I’m pregnant and had the worst acne for my most of the beginning of my pregnancy. I’m 19 weeks and have been breaking out pretty much since just finding out… There ARE old wives tales that say if you’re breaking out, then you’re having a girl because she steals your beauty. I don’t know how much truth there is to that because I heard another old wives tale that says you’ll break out when you’re pregnant with a boy because of the increase of testosterone. So who knows if the baby’s gender affects it.

It’s because your hormones are all over the place and hormones affect people in different ways- for some, the increase of hormones causes acne. You aren’t supposed to use strong acne treatments while you’re pregnant, but make sure you wash your face every day, take off all your makeup at night, and don’t pick at your face. If you have a scab, leave it alone. I think drinking water really does help- plus it’s good for your baby- so I try to drink mainly water.

The first trimester is probably when it will be the worst, so just hang in there. I stopped getting fewer breakouts around 12 weeks or so, and every week will fly by so you’ll be there very soon. Congratulations on your pregnancy.

Betty asks…

Will a dermatologist prescribe me Accutane if I just have MILD acne?

I just have a little bit of whiteheads on my forehead, blackheads on my nose and usually have 1 pimple somewhere. I wash my face twice a day and have tried other cleansers and acne systems but I heard accutane works well, however since my acne isn’t that bad can I still get a prescription?

admin answers:

It is not likely. Usually Accutane is used for resistant cystic acne that has not responded to other prescription drugs including antibiotics. I took Accutane for six months, and I am very happy with my results, but it has major side effects. I would try a topical retinoid (prescribed by a doctor).

Fun Facts About Accutane:

It is very very expensive. If you do not have insurance you can expect to spent about $400 a month on just the pills (this is for the generic). Plus the monthly lab work and doctor visits.

It is very time intensive. To be on Accutane you must register with a national database and answer monthly questions online before the pharmacy will dispense your prescription. You also need to have monthly lab work drawn (liver function tests, cholesterol, triglycerides, pregnancy test if female), and see the doctor every month while on treatment (6-12 months depending on severity of acne and your response to the drug).

There are some side effects everyone gets. These include dry skin, eyes, lips, and nose. This can lead to night vision problems, dry cracked bleeding lips, and bloody noses. My skin was so dry and painful that I was putting Aquaphor (a mixture of petroleum and mineral oil) on it. My eyes were often red and dry, and my lips cracked and bleed daily. Muscle aches are also common

There are extreme side effects. These include liver damage, depression, and even suicide. While not common, they are still something to think about.

If you are female, this process is more of a pain in the butt. You will need to be on two forms of birth control because this drug causes major birth defects and miscarriage. All babies conceived on Accutane were effected. Some doctors will allow you to use “abstinence” as a form of birth control, most will not. Most people who become pregnant on Accutane are those that say they will be abstinent. I have never felt more like I was worth no more than my uterus than on this drug. There are little pictures of pregnant women with “no” signs over them on the opening to every single pill.

All of this is why this drug is not used for mild acne. Try something else first, and use this as the last line of defense.

Robert asks…

Does Accutane work, and are there severe side affects?

My doctor is recommending accutane to get rid of my acne. Does it actually work? Are there severe side affects? I’m using this as a last resort, by the way.

admin answers:

ACCUTANE GAVE ME BACK MY LIFE

I used Accutane five years ago. It also was a LAST resort drug, I was 32 when it was prescribed. As a female I needed to take a blood test to determine I was not pregnant, take birth control
to ensure I did NOT GET PREGNANT. As deformity of the fetus was horrible. I had to take blood panels to determine that my liver was not being damaged I had to stay out of the sun or I would crisp up. I never had any suicidal idealization although that is a real and present danger For 8 months I took This. Then I was done. My horrible acne that I suffered fwith for over 15 years was gone. Make no mistake , this is a wholly sh!t drug.This is not something to take without researching and if you have a history of depression or mental illness stay away from it.. The following is a rip off from a web site that closed down before I grabbed the link.. But I got the data, So I’m a gonna toss it in. Mostly, cause I forgot about the night vision thing! And that part of it. Make sue to Hit the Mayo Clinic Link ok?
Hope this is helpful.

Most important fact about this drug:
Because Accutane can cause severe birth defects, including mental retardation and physical malformations, a woman must not become pregnant while taking it. If you are a woman of childbearing age, your doctor will ask you to sign a detailed consent form before you start taking Accutane. If you accidentally become pregnant while taking the medication, you should immediately consult your doctor.

More common accutane side effects may include:
Conjunctivitis (“pinkeye”), dry or fragile skin, dry or cracked lips, dry mouth, dry nose, itching, joint pains, nosebleed

Less common accutane side effects may include:
Bowel inflammation and pain, chest pain, decreased night vision, decreased tolerance to contact lenses, delay in wound healing, depression, fatigue, headache, nausea, peeling palms or soles, rash, skin infections, stomach and intestinal discomfort, sunburn-sensitive skin, thinning hair, urinary discomfort, vision problems, vomiting

Special warnings about this medication:
When you first start taking Accutane, it is possible that your acne will get worse before it starts to get better.

If you are a woman of childbearing age and you are considering taking Accutane, you will be given both spoken and written warnings about the importance of avoiding pregnancy during the treatment. You will be asked to sign a consent form noting that:

- Accutane is a powerful, “last resort” medication for severe acne;
- You must not take Accutane if you are pregnant or may become pregnant during treatment;
- If you get pregnant while taking Accutane, your baby will be at high risk for birth defects;
- If you take Accutane, you must use effective birth control from 1 month before the start of treatment through 1 month after the end of treatment;
- You must test negative for pregnancy within 2 weeks before starting Accutane, and you must start Accutane on the second or third day of your menstrual period;
- You may participate in a program that includes an initial free pregnancy test and birth control counseling session;
- If you become pregnant, you must immediately stop taking Accutane and see your doctor;
- You have read and understood the Accutane patient brochure and asked your doctor any questions you had;
- You are not currently pregnant and do not plan to become pregnant for at least 30 days after you finish taking Accutane; |
- You have been invited to participate in a survey of women being treated with Accutane.

Some people taking Accutane, including some who simultaneously took tetracycline, have experienced headache, nausea, and visual disturbances caused by increased pressure within the skull. See a doctor immediately if you have these symptoms; if the doctor finds swelling of the optic nerve at the back of your eye, you must stop taking Accutane at once and see a neurologist for further care.

Be careful driving at night. Some people have experienced a sudden decrease in night vision.

Some people taking Accutane have had problems regulating their blood sugar level.

You may not be able to tolerate your contact lenses during and after your therapy with Accutane.

You should stop taking Accutane immediately if you have abdominal pain, bleeding from the rectum, or severe diarrhea. You may have an inflammatory disease of the bowel.

Good Luck

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John asks…

I need help deciding between these two acne treatment creams?

Okay so first off let me tell you about the type of acne I have. I don’t have extreme acne, but I do have a couple pimples on my chin and one or two on my forehead and sometimes I get little bumps on my nose. Nothing extreme. They are the kind of pimples that are sore and don’t have any puss or sometimes they are the ones with the white spot on the top. I know it’s gross, but I think this will help with the decision at the end. Remember, I only have a few pimples right now. I also have sensitive skin. Okay, so the two treatment creams I am deciding between are both by Clearasil. I am not getting an acne face wash because I have tried many of those and they worked for a while but then I think my face became immune to them and stopped working all together. So I have decided to just try Cetaphil daily face wash. It is really good on sensitive skin and cleans your face very well and I have heard putting together a really good face wash and a strong acne treatment cream will work to get rid of acne. The reason I want to get rid of my acne is because I am 15 and I want to start my sophomore year clear-faced. Okay, so the first product is called Ultra Rapid Action Vanishing Treatment Cream. It says you start seeing results in as little as four hours, it eliminates dirt and oil while treating acne, and it accelerates delivery of maximum strength acne medication. The next product is called DailyClear Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream. It says it works on existing pimples and ones you feel coming, it’s gentle enough for everyday use, and it contains the highest amount of acne medication without a prescription to help clear acne fast. So the reason I am asking this question on Yahoo Answers is because I don’t know a lot about getting rid of acne and I don’t want to make the wrong decision. Please give me some advice. Thank you so much in advance! P.S. Do not recommend anything else. There are two many options and some things that work for other people will not work for me. I have had luck with Clearasil products in the past, so please just read over the benfits of each product and apply that to my type of acne and then choose between those two acne treatment creams.

admin answers:

I DONT THINK YOU NEED ACNE CREAM SIMPLY WASH YOUR FACE EVERY MORNING THEN GO OVER IT WITH SOME ALCOHOL AN YOUR FACE SHOULD CLEAR UP INSTANTLY BECAUSE IVE DON IT AN MY FACE IS NOW CLEAR NO BUMPS :)

Mark asks…

I need help deciding between these two acne treatment creams?

Okay so first off let me tell you about the type of acne I have. I don’t have extreme acne, but I do have a couple pimples on my chin and one or two on my forehead and sometimes I get little bumps on my nose. Nothing extreme. They are the kind of pimples that are sore and don’t have any puss or sometimes they are the ones with the white spot on the top. I know it’s gross, but I think this will help with the decision at the end. Remember, I only have a few pimples right now. I also have sensitive skin. Okay, so the two treatment creams I am deciding between are both by Clearasil. I am not getting an acne face wash because I have tried many of those and they worked for a while but then I think my face became immune to them and stopped working all together. So I have decided to just try Cetaphil daily face wash. It is really good on sensitive skin and cleans your face very well and I have heard putting together a really good face wash and a strong acne treatment cream will work to get rid of acne. The reason I want to get rid of my acne is because I am 15 and I want to start my sophomore year clear-faced. Okay, so the first product is called Ultra Rapid Action Vanishing Treatment Cream. It says you start seeing results in as little as four hours, it eliminates dirt and oil while treating acne, and it accelerates delivery of maximum strength acne medication. The next product is called DailyClear Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream. It says it works on existing pimples and ones you feel coming, it’s gentle enough for everyday use, and it contains the highest amount of acne medication without a prescription to help clear acne fast. So the reason I am asking this question on Yahoo Answers is because I don’t know a lot about getting rid of acne and I don’t want to make the wrong decision. Please give me some advice. Thank you so much in advance!
DO NOT RECOMMEND ANYTHING ELSE PLEASE DECIDE BETWEEN THESE TWO ACNE TREATMENT CREAMS!!!

admin answers:

I also have sensitive skin and suffered with similar levels of acne to yourself. I would not recommend any Clearasil products as in my experience the ones that I used irritated my skin. If you go to your doctor he may be able to prescribe you with something better.

Susan asks…

how to get rid of back acne?

its horrible, its everywhere on my back and now they left dark spots & scars and they still pop up and its annoying.
what can i do to get rid of them! :(

admin answers:

Back acne is also caused due to hormonal changes as well as any strenuous physical activity. The first problem can be solved to an extent by avoiding fast food, having a balanced diet, drinking lots of water and exercising. These help to get rid of toxins and extra hormones thereby balancing the whole body process. Moreover, exercising increases blood circulation and the skin absorbs more oxygen giving it a healthy glow.
Giving u some tips for back acne
1. Before getting dressed make sure your back is completely dry
2. Apply sunscreen before exposing your back
3. Try using clay masks to remove dirt from deep inside
4. Inflammatory acne can be treated by antibiotics, topical retinoids and also by injecting cortisone
5. Try to avoid hot and clammy surroundings and also stay away from cooking as well, as the grease from the cooking can aggravate blackheads and clogged pores leading to further acne.

Following these tips regularly should effectively counter your back acne problem however if it still persists, visiting your dermatologist is the best option
if u want more info goto http://acne-scars.we.bs/ also check the good SKIN CLINIC over there .. Thanks for using yahoo answers..

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Treatments For Acne Vulgaris

Linda asks…

I am just turned 50 and have begun having cystic acne breakouts all of the?

sudden. The bumps are large and painful. What could cause this and how do I treat it?

admin answers:

Severe acne vulgaris is characterized by nodules and cysts:

http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/Acne-Vulgaris.htm

??Acne rosacea.
Rosacea affects millions of people, most of whom are over the age of 30. It appears as a red rash which is normally confined to the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin, is often accompanied by bumps, pimples, and skin blemishes. Blackheads are not part of rosacea.

The cause is unknown ,experts believe it could be a combination of genetic, hormonal and environmental factors. The same treatments are used as in the cases of acne and they vary.

Best advice, see a dermatologist for a diagnosis and advice.

Chris asks…

I have acne right above my hairline. Do you know of any good treatments or products to get rid of it?

There are little zits and scabs everywhere in my hair. I’m always picking at them.

admin answers:

IT IS ALL IN HERE! :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acne_vulgaris

TRUST ME! REALLY GOOD INFO.
YOU WON’T REGRET!
Here is what the WEBSITE CONTAIN:

Contents:
1 SYMPTOMS
2 CAUSES OF ACNE
2.1 MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT CAUSES
3 TREATMENTS
3.1 TIMELINE OF ACNE TREATMENT
3.2 AVAILABLE TREATMENTS
3.2.1 Exfoliating the skin
3.2.2 Topical Bactericidals
3.2.3 Topical antibiotics
3.2.4 Oral antibiotics
3.2.5 Hormonal treatments
3.2.6 External retinoids
3.2.7 Oral retinoids
3.2.8 Phototherapy
3.2.8.1 Blue and red light
3.2.8.2 Photodynamic therapy
3.3 Less widely used treatments
3.4 FUTURE TREATMENTS
3.5 Preferred treatments by types of acne vulgaris
4 ACNE SCARS
5 See also
6 References
7 Footnotes
8 External links

Sharon asks…

Why does alcohol burn when put on broken skin? And is it good to put alcohol on open or closed blemishes?

Why does alcohol burn when put on broken skin? And is it good to put alcohol on open or closed blemishes? My friend is African American (most have dry skin). She has very few blemishes. She puts alcohol on her face nightly as a cleaner. I have some blemishes and wondered if this would help. And why does alcohol burn when it touches broken skin?

admin answers:

Yes, it disinfects

CHECK OUT THIS WEB:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acne_vulgaris

TRUST ME! REALLY GOOD INFO.
IT’S WORTH READING!

Here is what the WEBSITE CONTAINS:

Contents:
1 SYMPTOMS
2 CAUSES OF ACNE
2.1 MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT CAUSES
3 TREATMENTS
3.1 TIMELINE OF ACNE TREATMENT
3.2 AVAILABLE TREATMENTS
3.2.1 Exfoliating the skin
3.2.2 Topical Bactericidals
3.2.3 Topical antibiotics
3.2.4 Oral antibiotics
3.2.5 Hormonal treatments
3.2.6 External retinoids
3.2.7 Oral retinoids
3.2.8 Phototherapy
3.2.8.1 Blue and red light
3.2.8.2 Photodynamic therapy
3.3 Less widely used treatments
3.4 FUTURE TREATMENTS
3.5 Preferred treatments by types of acne vulgaris
4 ACNE SCARS
5 See also
6 References
7 Footnotes
8 External links

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Acne Treatments For Men

Donald asks…

I’m a 57 year old man with red spots and white heads on my face any ideas about herbal supplements or cures?

I thought I had Rosacea but it’s more like normal acne. I’ve had laser and IP treatments, creams and oral antibiotics, with minimal improvement.

admin answers:

The redness of rosacea is often aggravated by involuntary blushing, and repeated episodes of flushing and blushing may promote inflammation, causing small red bumps that often resemble common acne.

Whether you have rosacea or not, There’s certainly ways to keep the condition under control and less noticeable!

Here are a few helpful, (and natural) hints for a better complexion:

- avoid touching your face throughout the day (dirt & grease etc.. On your hands can leave bacteria on your face and add to clogging the pores)
- try to get at least 7 – 8 hours of sleep each night (aids in the healing processes of the body)
- try to cut down on stress (stress can magnify a multitude of conditions)
- drink green tea, rose hip tea, and fennel tea (great antioxidants)
- eat foods high in anti-oxidants; such as blueberries, cranberries, purple grapes, broccoli, etc..
- avoid spicy foods and greasy foods
- find out what your own personal food “triggers” are and avoid them so you can avoid flare-ups of redness and/or acne. (many people find food with histamines aggravate their skin)
- avoid hot things. Hot showers & hot tubs, hot drinks (the heat will dilate blood vessels causing more inflammation)
- drink water throughout the day
- have a daily facial cleansing routine (2x daily, morning & night. Do not scrub as this will irritate the skin)
- only use gentle, alcohol-free cleansers on your face
- avoid scented soaps and creams
- try a dairy milk face-soak during a flare-up (as long as you’re not allergic) The dairy milk helps to balance the natural PH of the skin
- try using face lotion containing certified green algae (use lotion, not creams, as lotion is more gentle on the skin and absorbs more easily)
- avoid extended periods in direct sun (use sunblock with 15 – 30 spf)

You can try increasing your omega 3′s by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil.
Fennel seeds, Flax seeds and Flax seed Oil supplements also act as anti-inflammatories.
Some people have had success using Turmeric orally or topically.

Mary asks…

Is there a different prescription of birth control for acne?

I’ve been taking prescription birth control, beyaz, for acne for a few years now. Someone recently told me that the prescription for acne is not the same as just for birth control. Seeing as I was already prescribed to birth control for acne, I didn’t think I needed a different prescription for birth control.. Just wondering if anyone knows if this is true or not? Please help!!

admin answers:

There are several b-controls that can be prescribed specifically for acne (Yaz, Allesse, Ortho tri, Lo Estren Fe, Diane 35 etc), but really, it’s all dependent upon what b-control works with you. If you’ve been taking yours for years and your acne has cleared up then it’s working; if it’s not cleared up, or it’s gotten worse then consider switching to either a higher or lower estrogen pill depending on what you’re on now (you will want to switch to the opposite spectrum). Also keep in mind, sometimes b-control doesn’t help acne for a lot of people (i am one of them–i have tried many b-controls and it only ever increased my acne).

Maybe you are thinking of Spiro? One hormonal treatment that can be prescribed for acne is Spironolactone. This is not a b-control but an anti-androgen that can help with acne because it stops the overproduction of androgens (androgens are basically the “acne” hormone in both men and women). I am on it and it seems to work for me (took 3 months to see any results though). BTW, the b-control Yaz also contains 50mgs of this, which is another reason it’s one of the b-controls used to treat acne (you can take spiro with any b-control though).

Jenny asks…

How can steroids permanently affect my friend?

One of my friends has done steroids a couple yrs ago and i think it stunted his growth, gave him acne, and more body hair. Will he ever grow taller and have the other symptoms go away?? Also how long does someone have to take them before they start working?

admin answers:

Hi

I have found some interesting info…

Steroid abuse can lead to serious, even irreversible health problems. Some of the most dangerous among these include liver damage; jaundice (yellowish pigmentation of skin, tissues, and body fluids); fluid retention; high blood pressure; increases in LDL (“bad” cholesterol); and decreases in HDL (“good” cholesterol). Other reported effects include renal failure, severe acne, and trembling. In addition, there are some gender- and age-specific adverse effects:
For men—shrinking of the testicles, reduced sperm count, infertility, baldness, development of breasts, increased risk for prostate cancer
For women—growth of facial hair, male-pattern baldness, changes in or cessation of the menstrual cycle, enlargement of the clitoris, deepened voice
For adolescents—stunted growth due to premature skeletal maturation and accelerated puberty changes; risk of not reaching expected height if AAS is taken before the typical adolescent growth spurt

There has been very little research on treatment for anabolic steroids abuse. Current knowledge derives largely from the experiences of a small number of physicians who have worked with patients undergoing steroid withdrawal. They have learned that, in general, supportive therapy combined with education about possible withdrawal symptoms is sufficient in some cases. Sometimes, medications can be used to restore the balance of the hormonal system after its disruption by steroid abuse. If symptoms are severe or prolonged, symptomatic medications or hospitalization may be needed.

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Carol asks…

How to get rid of acne?

No kind of product??

admin answers:

There are many ways to cure acne. You have to experiment to find what is best for you. Everyone is different, so don’t give up!

You can’t go wrong with washing your face… Of course, this doesn’t always help those severe cases.

The BEST treatment is prevention! My answer is already pretty long, so here is a good link(:

http://m.wikihow.com/Avoid-Acne

I always wash my pillow cases every week or so. It really helps!

I recommend a good, non-comedogenic facewash, so it won’t cause any other breakouts.

Avoid putting things on your face with a scent, such as hand lotion. It wil most likely cause more breakouts. Again, use non-comedogenic products.

Wash your face twice a day, with the hottest water you can stand. Hot water will open those pores for a much more thorough clean. Rinse with cold water to close those pores back aswell!

Now when you are buying face wash.. You will notice there are two main active ingredients to treat acne.
- Salicylic Acid
- Benzoyl Peroxide

Both are very effective treatments. When used together they can be even better. Just make sure to keep your skin moisturized, they will dry your face quickly.

Salicylic Acid – Works by causing the cells of the epidermis to shed properly. This prevents pores from being clogged. The acid is also known to break down black heads as well as whiteheads. It also allows your skin to absorb more benzoyl peroxide.

Benzoyl Peroxide – Removes dead skins cells and fights bacteria. When used correctly, it can also reduce redness. Probably the most effective by far.

Here are some other options if you want to experiment with at-home methods…

Http://m.wikihow.com/Make-Your-Own-Acne-Treatment

I prefer to use natural products myself. Tea Tree oil has been proven to work as well as Benzoyl Peroxide with less side effects. Although it takes longer to show results. It isn’t for everyone!

Some research suggests vitamins such as A and all of the B Vitamins help with acne. Here’s the link for that.. Http://goo.gl/rnCk1

Like I said before, everyone is different, so give everything a try! Here is a wiki article, for extra info!

Http://m.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Acne

Rubbing Alcohol… Will fight bacteria that cause acne. But alcohol will deffinatly dry that face fast, and potentially cause redness.
* This can actually make acne worse if you dry out your skin… Use in moderation and moisturize often.

To even skin tone and also fight acne I use an Alpha Hydroxy Acid lotion at 10% strength, 3 times a week. It also helps with wrinkles and scars(:

A healthy diet is also very helpful.. But come on, we all know that isn’t easy. Especially when you’re a kid and your parents call the shots on the food! Here’s a link for tips on dieting to improve skin. Http://www.m.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/diet-and-skin

Moisturizing is VERY important for a healthy face. It will prevent a lot of dryness. When you get dryness and cracks in the skin, you are just asking for more acne.
Always remember to use non-comedogenic products.

* If you don’t moisturize, your face will become oily, making you want to touch and wipe your face, spreading bacteria and other crap into those pore! Plus oil is more likely to attract dirt and dust.

Finally, NEVER touch your face. It’s probably the worse thing you can do. Besides popping your pimples… If you pop them, it will make them spread, or even get infected. I don’t advise popping them… But if you really must… Do it the right way! Here is a wiki article.. Http://m.wikihow.com/Pop-a-Pimple

Remember not to be discouraged. Everyone gets acne. It’s normal. You just have to experiment to find out how YOU can control yours. Good luck :)

Feel free to contact me via email on my yahoo profile with any questions you may have.
Vontroxler@yahoo.com

Additional information….
Http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acne#section_5

Susan asks…

How to clear purple blemish?

I use to have acne and now i have like black and purple blemishes on my face as a scare. I also have like dents in my face too. How do i get rid of these fast?Thanks!
please answer my other question?http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AttXjxXKZhl5gzjfiCDiIsPty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20120622055253AAT1FIY

admin answers:

Try using a face moisturizer with no urea in it. You should see results in 2 weeks max.

Maria asks…

I need help deciding between these two acne treatment creams?

Okay so first off let me tell you about the type of acne I have. I don’t have extreme acne, but I do have a couple pimples on my chin and one or two on my forehead and sometimes I get little bumps on my nose. Nothing extreme. They are the kind of pimples that are sore and don’t have any puss or sometimes they are the ones with the white spot on the top. I know it’s gross, but I think this will help with the decision at the end. Remember, I only have a few pimples right now. I also have sensitive skin. Okay, so the two treatment creams I am deciding between are both by Clearasil. I am not getting an acne face wash because I have tried many of those and they worked for a while but then I think my face became immune to them and stopped working all together. So I have decided to just try Cetaphil daily face wash. It is really good on sensitive skin and cleans your face very well and I have heard putting together a really good face wash and a strong acne treatment cream will work to get rid of acne. The reason I want to get rid of my acne is because I am 15 and I want to start my sophomore year clear-faced. Okay, so the first product is called Ultra Rapid Action Vanishing Treatment Cream. It says you start seeing results in as little as four hours, it eliminates dirt and oil while treating acne, and it accelerates delivery of maximum strength acne medication. The next product is called DailyClear Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream. It says it works on existing pimples and ones you feel coming, it’s gentle enough for everyday use, and it contains the highest amount of acne medication without a prescription to help clear acne fast. So the reason I am asking this question on Yahoo Answers is because I don’t know a lot about getting rid of acne and I don’t want to make the wrong decision. Please give me some advice. Thank you so much in advance! P.S. Do not recommend anything else. There are two many options and some things that work for other people will not work for me. I have had luck with Clearasil products in the past, so please just read over the benfits of each product and apply that to my type of acne and then choose between those two acne treatment creams.

admin answers:

No.
Any kind of facial wash, you’re leaving something toxic behind, it’s not a matter of convenience, it’s a billion dollar business that can do more harm than good to your acne.

Take a shower everyday, use washcloth to exfoliate and bath & body wash.

EVEN IF A PRODUCT IS LABELED “HYPOALLERGENIC,” IT MAY CONTAIN SUBSTANCES THAT CAN CAUSE ALLERGIC REACTIONS.
Good thinking! Question 6b is True!
After all, people are individuals. And there’s no telling what any individual may be allergic to. According to the cosmetic industry, “hypoallergenic” means “less likely to cause an allergic reaction.” But dermatologists – and consumers who have allergies – know that the word “hypoallergenic” on the label is no guarantee against an allergic reaction.

SENSITIVE SKIN? Skip the gels and waterproof formulas. They contain more alcohol, as well as an ingredient called propylene glycol, which many people are allergic to. Water just can’t get in (sunscreen for ex.) but sweat also can’t get out – which can cause breakouts.

CHOOSING PRODUCTS WITH THE CLAIM “DERMATOLOGIST TESTED” IS A WAY TO AVOID AN ALLERGIC REACTION OR OTHER SKIN IRRITATION.
Nope! Question 6c is False!
“Dermatologist tested” doesn’t really tell you much, does it? It leaves you wondering about things like:
•Did the dermatologist work for the manufacturer?
•How many people was the product tested on?
•How long did the testing last?
•What were the results of the testing?

Remember, poison ivy is all natural, too! But you probably don’t want it on your skin. It is very possible to have an allergic reaction, or other irritation, from products labeled “all natural” or “organic.” For example, lanolin, from sheep’s wool, is a common natural ingredient in some moisturizers that sometimes causes allergic reactions.

Acne medication could worsen what ever allergies you have, so instead of trying out one product after another, you’re actually spreading it around.
The less products you use, the better for your skin. Use a bath & body wash like Suave, Irish Spring, Dove Bath & Body wash in the shower, use a washcloth. Treat your face like the rest of your body, take a shower everyday or wash your face everyday.

The secret is keeping your face clean and oil-free. I also don’t use liquid on my face for anything, and very little moisturizer, not even a dime size. Since my face is not dry. Good skin also comes from your good genes. Increase your fresh fruits & vegetables 3-5 servings per day. And programmed your mind to do this day after day, for the rest of your life.

The beauty industry is a billion dollar business, they know acne is everyone’s problem, but instead of saying soap is drying for you, they have to invent an acne product that can worsen the skin as MANY TEENAGERS have experienced during hormonal change, but as you get older those are completely a waste of time & money!

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Treatments For Acne Scars

Lizzie asks…

Does laser resurfacing remove red acne scars and hyper pigmentation?

I have red acne scars and hyper pigmentation. Will laser resurfacing fix this or just make it worse, because I am reading mixed reviews about it. I would like answers from people who have undergone the treatment. Also, is it painful, and how long is recovery.

admin answers:

I am going to answer this straight-forward and direct. Laser surfacing do help with acne scars and hyper pigmentation. It should fix it if you go to a trained and experienced professional , so I would advise you do research. The treatment is not painful and the recovery is not long but I would recommend staying out the sum, not using at home products and being gentle.

Mary asks…

How to get rid of acne scars?

I have several acne scars from past pimples. Is there anything I can do to eliminate or reduce them? Could I use a scar treatment that is meant for your body on my face? Or is there something else I should use?

admin answers:

Here are some of the Home Remedies for pimple scars :

1. Tomato, which has vitamin A. Vitamin A, controls the production of excess sebum and also an excellent antioxidant. Slice tomato and apply slices directly to skin.

2. Your skin needs water to keep the skin plump, remove toxins and build new skin cells. Drink at least 80 ounces of filtered water a day to give your skin the quality and quantity of water it needs to reveal healthier, fresher skin.

3. Cucumber is one of the refreshing treatments used for the treatment of acne. Blend the cucumber into a paste and apply it on the spots. Leave it for 30 to 45 minutes and then wash it off.

4. The sandalwood and rosewater blend can be used as a facial mask and cab be instantly applied on the pimple areas of skin. Wear it during the night before going to bed.

Carol asks…

What is the best laser method that gets rid of deep acne scarring?

I have a couple of deep wide acne scars and I really need to know what type of laser gets rid of them on the first treatment?

admin answers:

Fractional CO2 laser but you need 4 to 5 sessions to achieve 40% to 50% improvement not total clearance

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