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Which moisturizer works best for dry, acne-prone skin? (0 answers)
I have dry, acne-prone skin that peels. I have never used a moisturizer and am unsure which way to turn. My doctor was unable to make any recommendations. Which moisturizer will hydrate my skin without causing pimples?
Can I combine a glycolic acid peel with Isotretinoin and Retin-A cream? (2 answers)
I am taking Isotretinoin soft caps (10mg everyday) and Retin-A cream 0.05% to blur red spots caused by inflammatory hyperpigmentation. But after 3 months of using the products, they haven't helped much. Will combining the two with a 30% glycolic acid peel give me better results?
How can you biologically treat and cure pimples? (2 answers)
There are biological causes of acne (i.e. overproduction of oil, bacteria and irritation of the hair follicles). Can changing your diet or being more hygienic help? How can you biologically treat and cure pimples?
Does low-dose Isotretinoin work as an acne treatment? (1 answer)
Can a lower dose of Isotretinoin (10-20 mg) be as effective as a higher standard dose? I'm a 43-year-old female with moderate cystic acne. My doctor wants to prescribe this dose for 3-4 months. I'm concerned about efficacy at this level, but nothing else has worked.
How can I get rid of rash-like acne? (2 answers)
I have acne all over my cheeks, chin, and forehead, but all of it looks more like a rash. I've tried oral and topical medicactions but nothing seems to be working and I've had this problem for months now. Please help!
What is the most effective acne treatment? (3 answers)
I have many pimples on my forehead and face, and it looks so bad! I really want something that can remove my acne and cure these pimples. What do you recommend?
Is there an acne pill for mild acne? (3 answers)
I have mild acne on my chin and cheeks, which is really getting me down. I tried dianette, but that made it worse when I took it for two months. What other acne medicine can I try?
What can a 14-year-old do about acne on the nose? (1 answer)
My 14-year-old has really bad acne breakouts. And her nose is a very problematic area. This started around her period and seem to be getting worse. Please help. What can be done? Thanks
Should I be using the Clarosonic Mia with acne treatment? (0 answers)
I've heard that using the Clarisonic Mia or Classic helps with acne. Does it really help the acne treatment I receive in the office and creams I apply at home? I heard it helps the skin absorb the cream and medication, is this true?
Is Chemical Peel Before Acctanec Ok? (1 answer)
I am currently in the one month waiting period to receive Accutane I want to get chemical peel (VI peel) during this time. To try and clear some of my acne scarring prior because I know I will be unable to do this during treatment and 1 year after.
Should I stay on Isoretinoin tablets or not for my acne? (3 answers)
I've been on isoretinoin tablets-10mg for more than 8 months. My body weight is 53kg. I've had some improvement after 5 months only,; owever, my face scars still, but acne has reduced significantly. Should i still continue taking the tablets, or should I stop? The only side effects I'm experiencing is dry skin.
What could be the cause of sudden acne for a woman at age 26? (0 answers)
I'm 26 and always had clear skin. In the past 4 mths I now have congestion, whiteheads and red bumps on my jawline and neck. Im graduating school with an Aesthetics license but my teacher has no idea whats causing it. Could it be Dermalogica products?
Which treatments are best for stubborn acne? (6 answers)
I have a lot of acne on my face and I've tried Proactive and a bunch of other acne products (which have not worked), what other possible treatments/products could I try?
What is the best way to get rid of acne? (3 answers)
I've had acne for 3 years now and I'm determined to get rid of it. I wanted to ask if you could give me some advice of how I could get rid of my acne? I've tried a lot of creams, but none of them work. I would appreciate advice on how to treat my acne and what products to try using.
Please advice on products and treatment for acne (1 answer)
Hi I have very very oil skin prone to severe acne. I was on different treatment, but nothing seems to be working. I have had a lot of problems finding the right products to use on my skin. Can you please advise me which cosmetic products I should use and how to treat my condition?
Can Retin A Micro (after 12 weeks) cause perioral dermatitis? (0 answers)
I've been on Retin A micro for over 12 weeks (brown spots from sun & I some acne on chin that not going away). Skin looked great for 2 months and at week 12 small red bumps appeared on my chin and around my mouth up to the nostrils. Scaly/peeling flaring up, now on Aczone twice day..
Sensitive skin and severe acne problem, help! (2 answers)
I have very sensitive skin which reacts to an awful lot of products and lately I have had quite bad acne and inflammation on my face. I have tried products with salicylic acid, which just makes my face sore. What could I use to help control my acne?
Can I start chemical peeling along with Reaccutane? (2 answers)
I have been on Reaccutancefor one & half months. Can I start Chemical Peeling along with Reaccutane? If not then when can I start that? Is there any other treatment you can suggest for pigmentation and scars?
Effective antibiotic to remove acne ? (2 answers)
I have acne for the past few months. I have tried taking antibiotics for 15 days. Can you suggest an effective antibiotic, which can/will remove my acne permanently?
How can I get rid of acne? (0 answers)
I tired different types of treatments for my acne and nothing seems to work, other say its because of the make up i use. However i don't see no difference i stop using makeup and everything seems to be the same. I really want my acne to disappear
Reoccuring hard pimple? (1 answer)
Whenever I go to the doctor, the pimple flattens but reoccurs in other spot and on that spot again! is it better off pricking them? The puss is stuck inside. What is the best thing to do?
Is Birth Control good for Mild Hormonal Acne? (1 answer)
I am 14, I have mild acne and I know it is hormonal. I wanted to try Birth Control because I heard it works good to help with hormones that cause acne like testastorone. Will Birth Control be good for me?
Suggest a cream for my acne problem? (0 answers)
I have an acne problem. I'm 21, so please suggest to me which cold cream I could use so my skin improves, looks good, and without leaving any oil on my face.
Does topical cortisone cream work on Acne? (1 answer)
I get the occasional pimple and a friend of mine said that OTC hydrocortisone cream works to reduce the pimple size and make it go away faster. Is it safe to dab a little on once in awhile for a quick fix?
How do I get rid of acne cysts on my own?? (2 answers)
I have a big acne cysts on my chest. What are several over-the-counter medications that are good for acne cysts? Is it necessary to go to a dermatologist to have this treated?
How long after Accutane should I wait before going in the sun? (0 answers)
I read on this website that after accutane you should avoid sun exposure, but it does not say for how long. I was on 20mg of accutane (low dose) for three months and would like to take a trip to Florida 6 weeks after finishing accutane. Is this ok?
How can I improve facial skin tone and texture? (3 answers)
I have had acne since I was 14 years old. It has been 8 years, and I still have it. I was wondering if there's anything I can do to improve my facial skin tone and texture. I have various depressions and acne scars. Thank you.
Can Isolaz be used on the back? (0 answers)
Can this be successful in treating excessive acne on the back, arms and chest - and what would a procedure like this cost over this large area to see favorable results?
What are some recommended adult acne treatments? (3 answers)
I do not have much of a problem with erupted acne on my face. My acne is more of in the pores. Like I can pinch my nose and white pus comes out of almost all of the pores. Same problem on my chin and creases. I am 53. Will blue light treatment help t